Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

My Brother’s Hero

A Neighborhood Novel

by Adrian Fogelin

An unexpected turn of events pushes Ben Floyd out of his normal small neighborhood routine, and into an unexpected appreciation for his old life.

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 like 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.

When the Floyd family ends up in the Florida Keys over Christmas vacation Ben gains a welcome opportunity to escape his routines. He meets Mica, an independent, strong-willed girl who lives a nomadic life aboard a boat with her marine biologist father. Together Ben, Cody, and Mica 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.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-352-8
Publication Date: 9/10/2005
Page Count: 224
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-657-4
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.8
F&P: W, Gr 6, Genre RF
Lexile: 620L
Themes: Boating, Family, Marine Life, Friendships, Nature
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV039020 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Adolescence


“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


Recommended Holiday Reading List ―Just Read, Florida!, 2012

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.