What does it mean to be a hero?
Heroes are hard to find, especially for Sean, who, at fifteen years old, has never had it easy. He’s estranged from his father and abused by his mother—Sean feels he has nowhere to turn. Suspended from school and with a mounting police record, he is one step away from serious trouble.
Sentenced to community service for violating curfew, Sean is sent to Mr. Hassler’s farm, where he’s forced to confront his fears and take charge of his own life. When Sean is faced with a dangerous situation that tests his true character, he learns just what it means to be a hero.
In an age where it seems that few heroes exist, S. L. Rottman has written a compelling and realistic portrayal of the conflicts that drive a young man toward his destiny.
“Rottman makes a promising debut with this YA novel about an abused teenager who gradually comes to trust another human being…. The book concludes credibly-there are no easy answers. Sean has discovered the heroism in everyday acts of courage-and his message is a powerful one for adolescents.” —Publishers Weekly
“This earnest first novel…gives readers both a realistic picture of the damage done and reason to hope…. [Rottman] gives readers a convincing and difficult protagonist and a fresh perspective on what it means to be a hero.” —School Library Journal
“It hits the nail on the head about how our current society may be interpreted by our young people….excellent character development and plot sequencing.” —Chrisitan Library Journal
AR Level: 4.4
F&P: X, Gr 6, Genre RF
Themes: Child Abuse, Heroism, Horses, Relationships, Responsibility
BISAC 1: YAF058270 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
BISAC 2: YAF058220 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
BISAC 3: YAF002010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Horses