15-year-old Sean is the son of a deadbeat dad and an abusive mother. He doesn't think he has anything to live for, so he's reckless -- until he gets arrested. Suspended from school, with a mounting police record, the only way for Sean to pay his dues is to do community service work on a local farm. Mr. Hassler, the farmer, is a World War II vet, tough as nails -- and the first person Sean ever learns to trust..
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 109.22 x 177.8 x 12.7mm | 45.36g
- 08 Feb 2007
- Puffin Books
- United States
Back cover copy
Sean's never had it easy.Fifteen-year-old Sean hates the world. After all, with two deadbeat parents, he's got no one to look up to and nothing left to lose -- so why not trash everything? Then he gets caught. Suspended from school and with a mounting police record, the only way for Sean to pay his dues is to do community service on Mr. Hassler's farm. He can do just what he has to, or he can confront the mess his life has become. It's his choice....
"Had me laughing out loud on page three and nearly crying several times thereafter.... Many will be glad to accompany Sean on his journey through these pages. A heartwrenching tale. Buy it". -- VOYA
Our customer reviews
Imagine having a mother who doesn't seem to know you exist. Unless she needs money or someone to take her frustrations out on. Imagine having a father who hasn't had contact with you in two years, even though he lives only a couple of hours away. A father who kept taking you back to an abusive mother until he became too busy to even come see you at all. Sean just plain doesn't care anymore. So he's been suspended yet again for fighting - big deal. It'll be just another vacation. That is, until he's assigned community service at a local ranch. Starting immediately. Mr. Hassler, the old geezer ranch owner, puts Sean to work cleaning out stalls, spreading manure, and unloading feed. Things change when he helps deliver a colt that imprints Sean, instead of its mother. Their bond helps him explore his tangle of emotions about his parents and Mr. Hassler. HERO is a heartwarming story about a young man in search of someone to love and respect, including himself. Rottman leaves the reader wanting more as Sean faces a new future with his dad and the ranch.show moreby TeensReadToo