Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Book Review: Hero Type by Barry Lyga

Kevin Ross is a hero. Or at least that's what everyone keeps telling him. After he saves classmate (and big-time crush) Leah Muldoon from a serial killer (yup, Kevin was just as surprised as you are), people can't stop telling him what a role model he is. If they only knew the reason why he was in the right place at the right time, they probably wouldn't think he was such a big hero.

When the mayor (who also owns a used car dealership- hey, being mayor doesn't pay that great in Brookdale) gives Kevin a car and slaps on a couple of Support the Troops magnets, Kevin doesn't think too much of it. And when his dad, whose murky past in the armed service is a forbidden topic at home, freaks out and tells him to get rid of the magnets, Kevin tosses them in the trash and still doesn't think too much about it. But when the reporter who just finished interviewing him about his heroism takes a picture that shows up in the paper the next morning, suddenly Kevin isn't such a hero anymore.

What's a guy do when he goes from small-town hero to America-hating pariah (but the thing is, Kevin really, really doesn't) overnight? Find out how Kevin deals by checking this one out @ the library. FYI, this one's definately for older readers (grades 9 and up), so if that's you, and if you loved The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian, enjoy a good political debate, or ever wondered how you can really support the troops, this one's for you.

(who can't decide between Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon and Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters)

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