No Heroes

No Heroes

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Miriam is an ordinary schoolgirl with a carefree bunch of friends, and she's just embarked on her first relationship with her sweet and loving boyfriend Toby. She lives with her dad and she has a good relationship with her grandparents. All this ordinary happiness is shattered when one of Miriam's schoolmates goes berserk one day at school with a handgun and kills several pupils and teachers. Miriam's beloved Toby is shot right in front of her.

Miriam and her surviving friends are distraught. Shock, grief, bereavement, terror - Miriam and her friends run the gamut of emotions in the days, weeks and months following the shooting. But the worst emotion of all is guilt. `Is it our fault?' is the haunting question that tortures Miriam as she tries to piece her life together again.

The story of a school shooting and its awful aftermath; a psychologically convincing study of grief, loss and guilt and their effects on young lives
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 129 x 190 x 20mm | 250g
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • English
  • 1910411329
  • 9781910411322
  • 1,947,002

Review quote

`It's not often that openly weeping by chapter three can be classed as an entirely good thing; but No Heroes has exactly this effect... Creating an accessible and surprisingly relatable story, No Heroes evokes a vivid picture of life as a teenager; delving into issues of family, bullying, grief, and relationships. Gritty, heartbreaking, but ultimately life-affirming; No Heroes doesn't sugar coat the hardships.' - Emily Elphinstone, No More Workhorse -- Emily Elphinstone * No More Workhorse * `An intense and challenging story... The strength of the story lies in this portrayal of a student who grew so resentful of others that he was driven to a suicidal assault on his peers. A great and brave debut novel.' - Mary Arrigan, Irish Examiner -- Mary Arrigan * The Irish Examiner *
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About Anna Seidl

Anna Seidl is a young German author, and this is her first book. It was a publishing sensation in Germany (under the title Es wird keine Helden geben) and Anna won an emerging author award for it. She lives with her parents and is still in full-time education.

Siobhan Parkinson is one of Ireland's best-known writers for children. She has written almost thirty books, most of them for children and teenagers, for which she has won a bagful of awards and nominations, and her books have been translated into about twenty languages. She was Ireland's first Children's Laureate. She is visually impaired, which means she has to rely mainly on audiobooks for reading, and she works by using magnification software and a voice on her computer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, who is a woodturner and without her grown-up son, who is a book editor.
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Rating details

589 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 28% (163)
4 31% (181)
3 29% (171)
2 9% (54)
1 3% (20)
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