Hero by Mike Lupica

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From the #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica comes the story of one unsuspecting boy poised to follow in his superhero father’s footsteps

Fourteen-year-old Billy Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Billy. What Billy never knew was that his father was no ordinary man-he was a superhero, battling the world's evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries.

And now it's Billy's turn to take on the fight. It's Billy's turn to become a hero.

“[N]othing Mike Lupica has written will thrill you like this.” –William Goldman, author of The Princess Bride
“Sportswriter and novelist Lupica offers a change of pace from his previous sports stories for younger readers, deftly reworking the traditional superhero origin story into a moving tale of adolescent growth.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“[T]he stage is set for a sequel to what looks like a surefire hit.” –School Library Journal



About Mike Lupica

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Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. His New York Daily News column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at www.mikelupicasbooks.com.
Published November 2, 2010 by Puffin Books. 302 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After the death (presumed, there being pointedly no mention of a corpse) of his secret-agent father, Billy’s grief turns to anger and confusion when two men—one a close family friend, the other a strange, old man who reads minds and can appear and vanish at will—start laying urgent but conflictin...

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Lupica nicely coaxes sympathy for characters who are immersed in privilege (only Zach's friend Kate, who lives with her housekeeper mother in Zach's huge Fifth Avenue apartment, doesn't exude wealth), instead focusing on Zach's grief, his conflicting emotions over his discoveries, and his uncerta...

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And Mr. Herbert and Uncle John keep telling Billy that something bad is coming, and it’s up to him to be something he isn’t prepared to be --- a hero.

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