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Hero Hardcover – August 28, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1423101956 ISBN-10: 1423101952 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423101952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423101956
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—At the same time that he's coming to terms with his sexual orientation, basketball star Thom Creed is trying to figure out exactly what his untrained superpowers can do. In an attempt to break away from his seemingly non-understanding father (an ex-hero with something to hide) and homophobic community, Thom runs away, only to find himself in the middle of a multi-hero rescue operation. Using his ability to heal, he keeps an injured woman alive until the League superheroes arrive and impresses them enough to get an invitation to try out for a hero apprentice position. Thom is teamed with an old woman who can see into the future, a spiteful girl who unleashes her power through fire, a sickly boy who is able to inflict disease on anyone, and a demoted hero with insane speed. With superheroes dying in mysterious circumstances, Thom is forced to admit publicly that he is gay in order to prevent a miscarriage of justice, but finds himself cast out of the League. He organizes his ragtag team to figure out what is really going on and to fight society's prejudices as well as the criminal element of the town. The story tackles love, friendship, and the eternal struggle to come to terms with who we really are in a tactful, interesting, and well-developed manner. Although the beginning is a little slow, there are subtle hooks that will keep readers' interest, and once the action picks up, Hero becomes a real page-turner that is worth the wait.—Dylan Thomarie, Johnstown High School, NY
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Thom Creed tries not to disappoint his dad, a disgraced caped crusader who now toils as a factory drudge, so he keeps his gay identity and his developing superpowers under wraps. Then he secretly tries out for the prestigious League, joining aspiring heroes in villain-busting adventures that escalate alongside more private discoveries. Written in a wry, first-person voice realistically peppered with occasional slang and slurs, this ambitious first novel from a Hollywood producer doesn't entirely cohere. The alternate-reality framework is too cursory, and the more realistic strands feel overstuffed with problems, even as they incorporate many well-chosen scenes (including Thom's awkward, anonymous first pickup, which goes only as far as a kiss). Still, Moore's casting of a gay teen hero in a high-concept fantasy marks an significant expansion of GLBTQ literature into genres that reflect teens' diverse reading interests; given the mainstream popularity of comics-inspired tales, the average, ordinary, gay teen superhero who comes out and saves the world will raise cheers from within the GLBTQ community and beyond. Mattson, Jennifer

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I would recommend the book to young adults and adults alike.
J K
I feel straight as well as alternative life style people can relate to one or more characters in this book.
Miguel Mateo
Perry Moore's Hero is a wonderful story, with wonderful characters and an intriguing plot.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Open-Minded Educator on September 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book with the thought that I might use it during a social justice unit in my middle school English class. While the book proved to be a little too mature for my students (strong language, some pretty explicit sexual remarks), it would be excellent for a high school humanities or senior English class. The book dives into themes that are rarely explored in children's literature. By paralleling the protagonist's struggle with his own sexual orientation with the discovery that he possesses superhuman powers, the reader starts to connect the different ways in which people are outcast in our own, non-comic book society. I strongly recommend this book to anybody, be they a teacher, a student, or just a regular reader who wants to expand their understanding about tolerance and coming of age.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Ramey on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after reading it's review in People magazine for my daughter and I to read...she was busy rereading a Harry Potter book, so I decided to read it first. GOOD THING! This book is much more appropriate for LATE teen and adult readers. It is a beautifully powerful book about the strains of growing up different, and really not feeling accepted. Set in a familiar world of comic book reality, it's points are not missed and you really want to hold the main character as he proceeds through this minefield of life as he makes his way in very extreme conditions. Even when the scenerios become outlandish, this book captivates you...I didn't want to put it down. I would caution that you may not like this book if you are conservative in your views of family and sexual relationships, but this book might help you to open your mind a bit if you are!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By gossymer on October 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I went on a reading binge, and struck gold with "Hero". This book is incredibly easy to fall into. The voice of the main character, Thom, has clarity and depth - in some ways he's your typical budding super hero teen, easy to relate to and connect with.

The story itself is over 400 pages but is so smooth that I read it in one sitting - the pace was steady and between the family relationships, the super powers, the new teammates and situations, there wasn't a single dull moment. It was easy to see this transferred into a movie or graphic novel, but as a story, it really allowed you to just immerse yourself in Thom's world.

The plot lines are tied up and the relationships settled by the novel's conclusion, but the style is such that when you close the book, you can't help hoping for a sequel, 'cause it's just that good.

If you enjoy reading slash fiction and/or fanfiction, comics books or heck just enjoy a good superhero romp, this book might just click perfectly with you. Do give it a try.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Williams on September 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first heard about this book when I read a preview for it from Gaygamer.net. I thought that it was going to be a novel rife with the stereotypical gay teen, depressed about being alone, looking for the next way to, forgive my vulgarity, get off.
This novel blew me away. Perry Moore has created one of the best fiction novels I have ever read. The story centers around young Thom, a 17-year old boy. Thom has a double dose of a problem, his father is a disgraced superhero and not very gay-friendly. Thom reveals to use early on in the novel that he is indeed gay and is quickly developing superpowers. The book's main theme of coming out, acceptance & redemption is put together nicely.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this novel to anyone who is willing to read an excellently well-written novel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JL on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A friend who was really into fantasy novels recommended this book to me. I hate fantasy novels but he kept pushing. Begrudgingly, I ordered this book and the day it arrived I had committed myself to reading the first chapter so that I could write it off as something I'm not interested in and that would be that.

What actually happened was that I read the first few pages then I was absolutely hooked. I don't have a lot of time for reading lately but I actually made time for this book and I was done with it in a little over a day because it was that captivating.

I guess my point is that this is a great book and the premise might cause the serious reader to not consider it. Don't judge this book by it's synopsis! It's so much more!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
on 11/09/2007

Thom Creed has a lot of issues. You'd think that everyone would love him because of his basketball skills. Not so. His ex-superhero father is a pariah, despised by the public for his role in a horrific tragedy. Thom lives in the shadow of his father's greatest failure. Now that shadow is spreading.

Thom has two secrets from his father. The emergence of a super power has caught the attention of the very League that abandoned his father. The desire to be a hero is at odds with Thom's loyalty to his father. Then there's the other, deeper secret: Thom is gay. In a homophobic community, the truth would hurt his dad as bad as the guilt that dogs the former hero.

Thom's mettle as a superhero will be put to a larger test than many will face in a lifetime. Public scorn is nothing compared to the danger that Thom and his motley team of heroes will encounter in order to save the world. Sometime a gay teen superhero just can't catch a break.

Perry Moore's debut novel is a mixed bag of teen angst, fantasy, action, and social issues. His lofty aim is promising in theory but falls short of spectacular. What could have been a thoroughly original work is watered down by thinly veiled DC® characters, plot gaps, and a handful of disjointed scenes. The core people are well constructed, but they are often outweighed by cliché situations and characters.

Setting aside the superhero plots, there is the story of Thom's sexuality. In many ways, Moore presents a believable face to Thom's journey. Fear of discovery, the hope of finding true love, and, most important, the need for his father's acceptance are the very human aspects to this character.
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