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True Heroes: A Treasury of Modern-day Fairy Tales Written by Best-selling Authors Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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Gr 4–8—Here are original fairy tales and hero stories written by authors such as Shannon Hale, Brandon Mull, Jennifer A. Nielsen, and Ally Condie, all inspired by Diaz's photography and his organization, Anything Can Be. Diaz takes vibrant photographs of children who are battling cancer. From being a baker to riding dragons to playing basketball with the Utah Jazz, the children live their fantasies through the photographs. In Liesl Shurtliff's "Jordan in Everywhere," Jordan experiences her final days and goes to a Wonderland-like place to find her father. In the photos, readers see Jordan dressed as Alice in Wonderland. In Condie's "The Drop-Off," Anna is going to a dance. She has a scar on her leg from an operation, and she debates with a friend whether she should kiss a boy at the end of the night. The accompanying image is of dancer Bre, who inspired the short story (Diaz merged two photos of Bre together to make her look as though she is leaping gracefully). Each tale is unique and begins with a short description of the child, his or her personal story, and the photograph. Scan codes direct readers to a behind-the-scenes video. VERDICT An inspiring anthology of well-told short stories accompanied by beautiful visuals.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
''The photography, heroic adventures, and profiles of the children who inspired them add up to a project that's inspiring and moving on multiple levels.'' --Publishers Weekly
''An inspiring anthology of well-told short stories accompanied by beautiful visuals.'' --School Library Journal
''The worthy purpose shines through.'' --Kirkus
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Top Customer Reviews
I've enjoyed the fairy tales, but the highlight of the book is the stories of the youngsters featured in the photos. I want my grandchildren to know these "True Heroes" and their stories. I think the photos are stunning. I appreciate the QR codes found on the introduction page for each story. The code will open the page for the youngster's photo shoot, where you can see more photos and read additional information about the youngster.
I highly recommend this book.