The Hero Next Door: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

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Yearling Books
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5.3 X 7.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero, which was named an ILA Notable Book for a Global Society and an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She also writes nonfiction, including Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow and Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins. She is the coauthor of the middle-grade novel Two Naomis, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and its sequel, Naomis Too. She is a member of the Brown Bookshelf and the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. She has contributed to numerous anthologies for children, teens, and educators; holds an MA in education; and writes frequently on literacy-related topics for Brightly. Visit her online at
"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!


"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