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Kid Heroes by Neal ShustermanDescription: When adults think about today's kids, too often they think of drug abuse, runaways, children of divorce, or teen suicide. And when adults wonder about young people's heroes, they often imagine cartoon characters and rock singers. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and some of the best heroes a kid can have are other kids. Series:
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There are young heroes everywhere we look -kids who have saved lives, overcome handicaps, or excelled in some special way. In Kid Heroes, Neal Shusterman, author of the ALA Notable Book The Shadow Club, has collected over fifty true stories of exceptional children and teenagers.
Six-year-old Tammy frees her badly-injured sister from the wreckage of a private plane, then drags the older girl several miles through a forest, looking for help. Eleven-year-old Michelle, who cannot swim, saves two people from drowning in a half-frozen lake. Rescuers are ordinary kids- until catastrophe strikes. Then they find the strength and courage to save someone else's life, even at the risk of their own.
A baby is severely scalded and loses both legs. By the time she is fourteen, Saca has become the fourth fastest wheelchair racer in the world and the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Team. A citywide food and clothing drive, run by children for the benefit of the homeless, is organized by thirteen-year-old Segura-whose family lives in a tent. Through determination and intelligence Survivors accomplish great things despite hardships and handicaps.