Project Description

Teacher’s Guide


by S. L. Rottman

What does it mean to be a hero?

Heroes are hard to find, especially for Sean, an angry and confused fifteen year old who has never had it easy. He’s estranged from his father and abused by his mother—Sean feels he has nowhere to turn. Suspended from school and with a mounting police record, he is one step away from serious trouble.

Sentenced to community service for violating curfew, Sean is sent to Mr. Hassler’s farm, where he’s forced to confront his fears and take charge of his own life. When Sean is faced with a dangerous situation that tests his true character, he learns just what it means to be a hero.

In an age where it seems that few heroes exist, S. L. Rottman has written a compelling and realistic portrayal of the conflicts that drive a young man toward his destiny.

Hardcover: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-159-3
Total Pages: 221
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-427-3
Total Pages: 221
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-608-6
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
Barnes & Noble
Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 20114
AR Reading Level: 4.4
AR Points: 7

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: X
F&P Grade: 6

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 6.1
Reading Counts Points: 13
Reading Counts Interest Level: 6-8


“Hero had me laughing out loud on page three and nearly crying several times thereafter. Hero will have broad YA appeal because it cuts to the heart of issues about self-esteem, relationships, responsibility, and heroes. A heart-wrenching tale. Buy it.” ―VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“Rottman makes a promising debut with this YA novel about an abused teenager who gradually comes to trust another human being…. The book concludes credibly-there are no easy answers. Sean has discovered the heroism in everyday acts of courage-and his message is a powerful one for adolescents.” ―Publishers Weekly


Best Books for Young Adults ―YALSA 1999

Books for the Teen Age ―New York Public Library 1998

Best Books for Young Teen Readers ―R. R. Bowker

Children’s Books Mean Business ―American Booksellers Association and Children’s Book Council Joint Committee 2003

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Oklahoma Book Awards (children/young adult category) ―Oklahoma Center for the Book 1998

Nevada Young Readers’ Award (Young Adult Category) ―Nevada Library Association 2001

Battle of the Books (High School) ―Alaska Association of School Librarians 2003

Tayshas High School Reading List ―Texas Library Association 2000-2001

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (nominee, grades 6-9) ―Maryland Educational Media Organization 1999-2000

Sequoyah Book Awards (Young Adult Masterlist) ―Oklahoma Library Association 1999-2000

South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians 1999-2000

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Meet the Author

S.L. Rottman is a former teacher and the author of several young adult novels. A graduate of Colorado State University, Rottman lives in Colorado. You can visit her website here.