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Teacher’s Guide

My Brother’s Hero

by Adrian Fogelin

This poignant coming-of-age story is set against the verdant landscape and sultry atmosphere of the Florida Keys.

Ben Floyd has a lot on his mind. In only eighteen months he will be old enough to get a learner’s permit to drive, but that seems a lifetime away. Ben enjoys the close-knit group of friends in his small neighborhood, but lately he has been longing for a taste of adventure. Keeping an eye on his younger brother Cody is getting to be a big responsibility. And he is confused by complicated feelings he has for his lifelong friend, Cass.

An unexpected turn of events finds the Floyd family in the Florida Keys over Christmas vacation and offers Ben a welcome opportunity to escape the neighborhood routine. Here he meets Mica, an independent, strong-willed girl who lives a nomadic life aboard a boat with her marine biologist father. Mica teaches Ben and Cody to fish, sail, and snorkel, and together they explore the interior canals and coastal waterways. But Ben soon realizes that adventure sometimes brings danger, and that at the center of Mica’s seemingly charmed life lies a mysterious loneliness.

Young readers will relate to Ben’s conflicting feelings and growing restlessness as they experience this realistic, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous portrait of adolescence by award-winning author Adrian Fogelin.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-274-3
Total Pages: 224
Size: 6 x 9
Language: English
Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-352-8
Total Pages: 224
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-657-4
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 62756
AR Reading Level: 3.8
AR Points: 9

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

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 4.2
Reading Counts Points: 15
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5


“As in Adrian Fogelin’s previous novels, Crossing Jordan and Anna Casey’s Place in the World, this story has plenty of action, but it’s the emotional drama, revealed in funny, realistic dialogue and spot-on descriptions, that distinguish the novel. Readers just leaping into adolescence will easily connect with Ben, who is both sharply observant of and bewildered by the adult world and his own place in it.” ―Booklist


Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (nominee grades 3-5) ―FAME 2006-2007

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Meet the Author

Adrian Fogelin is the author of several novels for middle readers and young adults, including Crossing Jordan and The Real Question. She lives in Florida. You can visit her website here.