We Can Be Heroes
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About the Author
Kyrie McCauley is the author of If These Wings Could Fly, winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, and We Can Be Heroes. She has also been a waitress, nanny, singer in a band, ACLU intern, rally organizer, Truman Scholar, and most recently, a mother and a writer. She holds a master of science in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband, children, and several ill-mannered but beloved cats. You can visit Kyrie at www.kyriemccauley.com.
"A careful, sharp exploration of rage, love, and what it means to balance on the knife edge between them."
--Rebecca Barrow, author of This Is What It Feels Like
[A] lyrical novel [with] authentic, intimate first-person narration... Strong writing that features some dreamily lovely turns of phrase... A powerful, thoughtful, and ultimately hopeful debut.--Kirkus Reviews
"A beautiful, powerful, and emotional story that tugs at your heartstrings as it empathetically and honestly steers you through the pain of domestic violence."--Farrah Penn, author of Twelve Steps to Normal
Poignant and powerful, this novel uses magical realism to examine choice in a difficult world. There are titles for teens that address the realities of dating violence, but it's more difficult to find stories of family violence; in her debut, McCauley traverses the tender ground with grace.--Booklist
"If These Wings Could Fly is a tense and emotional story that will in turns break your heart, make you swoon, and leave you feeling hopeful."--Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Past Perfect Life
McCauley offers just a touch of magical realism here, layering a painfully honest exploration of domestic violence with a subtle eeriness... Her narration is elegant and thoughtful... a refreshing portrayal of two teens who negotiate their own challenges while acknowledging those of others.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for If These Wings Could Fly: "A hauntingly intense tale thrumming with hope! A stunning, powerful debut."
--Tiffany D. Jackson, award-winning author of Monday's Not Coming
"McCauley expertly blends the devastation of family with the invincibility of first love and sisterhood. This debut marks the start of a bold new talent!"--Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always
"Heartbreaking, important, and layered with so much hope, this book breathes magic into every chapter."
--Akemi Dawn Bowman, Morris Award Finalist and author of Starfish
"A deep dive to illustrate the quiet strength of those in the darkest situations, If These Wings Could Fly is atmospheric, brilliantly drawn, and ultimately hopeful."--Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
McCauley makes a moving debut with this hard-hitting novel set in a small, tightly knit town.--Publishers Weekly
Powerful and unflinching, We Can Be Heroes is as fierce as the girls it portrays--and as unforgettable.--Marieke Nijkamp, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends