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The Hero Next Door
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From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes another middle-grade short story collection--this one focused on exploring acts of bravery--featuring some of the best own-voices children's authors, including R. J. Palacio (Wonder), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), Linda Sue Park (A Long Walk to Water), and many more.

About the Author

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the editor of The Hero Next Door and an NAACP Image Award winner for her novel Two Naomis. The sequel, Naomis Too, was published in September 2018. She is also the author of 8th Grade Superzero, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Beyond writing, Olugbemisola is a member of Brown Bookshelf, a website dedicated to amplifying Black and Brown voices in children's literature, and she is on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Olugbemisola can also be found crafting or walking through her neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.

Reviews

"A stellar collection that, in celebrating heroes, helps readers find the universal in the specific." --Kirkus Reviews starred review "A great anthology with a message of spreading kindness and hope." -School Library Journal "There is a story here for everyone." -Booklist "These accomplished stories triumphantly redefine the meaning of the word hero." -Publishers Weekly "As with the two previous anthologies from We Need Diverse Books, this collection admirably succeeds in making available to all readers a wider and more representative range of American voices and protagonists." -The Washington Post
Praise for Flying Lessons & Other Stories:

An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick!
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!
A New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids Selection
!A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection! FIVE STARRED REVIEWS! "Should not be missed." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable." --School Library Journal, Starred Review "There's plenty of magic in this collection to go around." --Booklist, Starred Review "Universal themes." --Kirkus, Starred Review "A glittering cast of writers." --The Bulletin, Starred Review "Will resonate with any kid who's ever felt different--which is to say, every kid." --Time "An unusually strong collection." --The Horn Book

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