November 2010 Indie Next List
“Sports novelist Mike Lupica is taking up superheroes! Billy's dad dies in a mysterious plane accident and Billy quickly realizes that there a lot of gaps in what he thought he knew about his dad. It turns out his dad was a superhero and now Billy is supposed to take up the cape. Curiously, the same people that wanted his dad dead are desperate to keep Billy alive. The cliffhanger ending will have all readers wanting to know what happens next!”
— Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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 the Author
Mike Lupica is the author of five novels and several works of nonfiction, including Summer of '98 and Mad as Hell. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationwide, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters.
Praise for 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