The Hero Next Door

By: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes teach martial arts. Others talk to ghosts. A few are inventors or soccer players. They're also sisters, neighbors, and friends. Because heroes come in many shapes and sizes. But they all have one thing in common: they make the world a better place. 

Published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, this vibrant anthology features thirteen acclaimed authors whose powerful and diverse voices show how small acts of kindness can save the day. So pay attention, because a hero could be right beside you. Or maybe the hero is you.



Foreword. Contributor bios. About We Need Diverse Books.

ISBN: 9780525646310

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Domestic abuse
Topics: Heroes , Courage , Short stories , Diversity , Social issues , Anthologies

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Heroes with superhuman powers wear capes and save the world from destruction. That’s not the kind of hero this book focuses on—instead it’s centered on small acts of kindness. Everybody could use a little kindness; these moments can make all the difference. Sometimes it’s something as simple as helping a fellow student get a passing grade t Heroes with superhuman powers wear capes and save the world from destruction. That’s not the kind of hero this book focuses on—instead it’s centered on small acts of kindness. Everybody could use a little kindness; these moments can make all the difference. Sometimes it’s something as simple as helping a fellow student get a passing grade to stay on the soccer team. Sometimes it’s putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and understanding where they are coming from. Or sometimes it’s going back for a best friend in a dangerous situation. This anthology features thirteen prominent #OwnVoices authors, edited by We Need Diverse Books board member Rhuday-Perkovich. These short works of fiction cross genres from contemporary to fantasy to mystery, making this a great fit for school and public libraries. A great anthology with a message of spreading kindness and hope.

Horn Book

Rhuday-Perkovich, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, has compiled thirteen short stories (by fourteen authors) about “everyday heroes in our midst.” The entries highlight characters through many lenses and perspectives (race, cultural background, ability, gender identity, etc.). Subject matter and tone are varied, with some of the tales Rhuday-Perkovich, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, has compiled thirteen short stories (by fourteen authors) about “everyday heroes in our midst.” The entries highlight characters through many lenses and perspectives (race, cultural background, ability, gender identity, etc.). Subject matter and tone are varied, with some of the tales featuring breezy banter (“The Assist” by mother-daughter team Linda Sue Park and Anna Dobbin, a contemporary school story; “Everly’s Otherworldly Dilemma” by Ellen Oh, an alternate-universe creature fantasy) and others dramatically tackling complex issues, from international adoption (“Home” by Hena Khan) to domestic violence (“Rescue” by Suma Subramaniam). Standouts include Rita Williams-Garcia’s “Minnows and Zombies,” a city-set meditation on homelessness and addiction; Ronald L. Smith’s “One Wish,” a folklore-tinged tale about tricksters and empathy; and Lamar Giles’s hugely entertaining “Ellison’s CORNucopia: A Logan County Story,” an Encyclopedia Brown–like, STEMfocused mystery starring perceptive twin sisters. “About the Authors” and “About We Need Diverse Books” sections are appended. Read this thoughtful volume alongside Kekla Magoon’s May/June 2018 Horn Book article “The Un-Hero’s Journey.”

Book Details

ISBN

9780525646310

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Crown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Domestic abuse

Topics

Heroes, Courage, Short stories, Diversity, Social issues, Anthologies,

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