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Be Your Own Hero
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Torn was a pretty average sort of kid, as far as kids go, but as he grabbed his lucky red cap, flew up the stairs two at a time, and scoffed his pancakes that morning, he had absolutely no idea of how un-average his day was going to be. His Mom was taking him to see someone who, for Torn, was probably the most coolifying person in the whole world. He was going to see his hero. He was going to see Jesse Martin! It was December 7th 1998, and Jesse was departing on his world record breaking journey to become the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop, and unassisted around the world. And incredibly, although neither of them knew it, Torn was going to go with him! Travel with Torn on his incredible adventure as he watches how Jesse deals with his disappointments and loneliness, battles raging storms, and suffers unbearable weather conditions. Amazingly, making mistakes are ok, doing things isn't nearly as scary as thinking about doing them, and great achievements - no matter how big - are achieved just one day at a time! In fact, by the end of Jesse's inspirational, world record-breaking trip, Torn finds himself understanding one of the greatest truths of all: You can be your own hero!!
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Andy Burley is a Psychologist who assists children (and parents) to better manage the challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, learning and behavioural difficulties, and childhood trauma. Andy also has graduate and post-graduate degrees in Theology and Anthropology. As a friend of Jesse, Andy was closely involved with his adventures; a privilege that provided insight into much of what has motivated Jesse along his road of personal discovery. This book was written to help kids understand that like Jesse, they can follow their dreams.

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