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Heroes for My Daughter [NOOK Book]


An inspiring collection of heroes from whom our daughters can learn to lead a fulfilling and impactful life

In Heroes for MyDaughter, the New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together the stories of fifty-five remarkable people, a diverse set of individuals from across time and from all walks of life: artists and inventors, scientists and explorers, who each dedicated their life to making our world a better place. From Eleanor Roosevelt to Amelia Earhart, Anne ...

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An inspiring collection of heroes from whom our daughters can learn to lead a fulfilling and impactful life

In Heroes for MyDaughter, the New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together the stories of fifty-five remarkable people, a diverse set of individuals from across time and from all walks of life: artists and inventors, scientists and explorers, who each dedicated their life to making our world a better place. From Eleanor Roosevelt to Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank to Randy Pausch, Theodore Roosevelt to Lucille Ball, Rosa Parks to the passengers on United Flight 93, the lives of these men and women offer lessons to guide our daughters on their journey to adulthood—lessons sure to inspire them as they take their place as citizens in our society and in the world. The stories told in Heroes for My Daughter are perfect for mothers and daughters to read and treasure together.

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Even before his 2010 Heroes for My Son was published, Brad Meltzer heard insistent calls for a matching volume for female offspring. The strong demands emanated from his daughter who every day would march into his office and say, "Is my book done yet?" Now, to the relief of Meltzers large and small, the book is complete. Heroes for My Daughter offers a full assemblage of heroes worth admiring. The laudable roster includes Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Billie Jean King, Winston Churchill and Stevie Wonder.

Alisa Schnaars

Library Journal
In this she-version companion piece to his 2010 release Heroes for My Son, thriller writer Meltzer offers profiles of such important and inspiring women as Marie Curie, Audrey Hepburn, and Amelia Earhart. The entries are one to two pages each and include a photograph, the hero’s profession, and a Meltzer-manufactured heading. (Anne Frank is listed as “Witness” and Judy Blume as “Truth Teller.”) The entries pique interest for further research, more than provide any real information (Sally Ride “saw an opportunity and grabbed it”). But libraries with Meltzer’s Son volume may want to acquire the companion.
VERDICT This book may provide ideas for biography reports, but it is ultimately more of a coffee-table book than a library resource.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062196590
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 665,179
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and six other bestselling thrillers. He is also the host of the TV show Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children. His sons prefer the book Heroes for My Son. His daughter prefers this one.


Brad Meltzer didn't hope all his life to become a novelist. He came to it by chance, after a job at Games magazine didn't pan out. "I had no idea what to do," he says. "So I did what all of us would do in that situation. I said, 'I'm gonna write a novel.'" After one false start, a book called Fraternity that 24 publishers rejected, Meltzer hit his stride. In 1997, The Tenth Justice (which earned him extra credit as a student at Columbia Law School) was picked up by Morrow and hit The New York Times bestseller list. A year later, he repeated the performance with Dead Even. He's been writing bestselling legal thrillers ever since.

Critics like Meltzer's fast pace and nifty plots (Kirkus called The Tenth Justice "a mean, paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy," and USA Today said it "reads fast, rings true, and refreshingly breaks the mold of legal thrillers"), but it's the details that distinguish his novels from most legal fiction. The key, he says, is "Research, research, research," a task that can consume two to six months of his year-long writing schedule.

In addition to his thrillers, Meltzer is a bestselling author of critically acclaimed comic book series like Identity Crisis, Green Arrow, and Justice League. He has also written short stories, television scripts and nonfiction articles, including reviews of The Sopranos, the multiple Emmy Award-winning TV show.

Good To Know

Meltzer played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity.

He lives in Florida with his wife, a high-school sweetheart to whom he devotes a lengthy essay on his web site.

With his friend Steve Cohen, Meltzer conceived Jack and Bobby, a critically acclaimed television program about two young brothers (not the Kennedys), one of whom grows up to be President of the United States. Cohen and Meltzer wrote all 22 episodes of the show, which was cancelled after one season. Widely considered a premier example of intelligent, high-quality TV, the series has since become a cult favorite.

Meltzer spoke with former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in order to accrue authentic details for his 2006 novel The Book of Fate, a thriller set in the world of White House politics.

A major plot element in The Book of Lies (2008) is the unsolved murder in 1932 of Mitchell Siegel, whose son Jerry created the iconic comic book hero Superman. Meltzer, himself a rabid comics fan, interviewed the Siegel family to research the murder.

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    1. Date of Birth:
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Marie Curie 2

Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace 4

Joan Ganz Cooney 6

Audrey Hepburn 8

Helen Keller 10

Christopher Reeve 12

Carol Burnett 14

Amelia Earhart 16

Alex Scott 18

Abigail Adams 20

Anne Frank 22

Dorothy Day 24

Judy Blume 26

Sacajawea 28

Theodore Roosevelt 30

Julia Child 32

Golda Meir 34

Stevie Wonder 36

Nancy G. Brinker 40

Clara Barton 42

Sheila Spicer 44

Winston Churchill 46

Lisa Simpson 48

Eleanor Roosevelt 50

Tina Turner 52

The Three Stooges 54

Wangari Maathai 56

Agatha Christie 58

Leonardo da Vinci 60

Dolly Parton 62

Sojourner Truth 64

Branch Rickey 66

Lucille Ball 68

Elizabeth Blackburn 70

Ella Fitzgerald 72

Mahatma Gandhi 74

Mary Shelley 76

Rochelle Shoretz 78

Tank Man 80

Billie Jean King 82

The Heroes of United Flight 93 84

Temple Grandin 86

Rosa Parks 88

Jane Goodall 90

The Dalai Lama 92

Abraham Lincoln 94

Thurgood Marshall 96

Dorothea Lange 98

Hannah Senesh 100

Randy Pausch 102

Sally Ride 104

Benjamin Franklin 106

Wilma Rudolph 108

Dotty Rubin 110

Teri Meltzer 112

Cori Flam Meltzer 114

Who Is Your Hero? 116

Photo Credits 123

About the Author 125

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

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    Wonderful book

    This book is a wonderful read. I loved it and already gave it to my daughter to read. Everyone person(s) that Brad Meltzer chose for this book was a wonderful inspiration for anyone. I loved that Brad had quotes from or about each hero and that he had people from his life that are his heroes. Great book. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

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    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite Heroes for My

    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

    Heroes for My Daughter, written and read by Brad Meltzer, is an audiobook that will inspire you to be a role model for your daughter and to teach lessons through how you live your life. This audiobook includes an introduction explaining why the author wrote this book. There are thirty-three individuals included in this book. Each individual is a hero in the author’s eyes and has a quality which he hopes his daughter will aspire to in her own life. A few heroes included are Audrey Hepburn, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Dorothy Day, and Theodore Roosevelt. While these individuals are well-known, the reason they are included in this book is not because of their fame, but for a generous or inspiring act they have done in their lives. 

    This is an excellent collection of heroes. While listening to this audiobook, I really thought about the individuals I would like my daughter to look up to and also how I need to strive to be such an individual as well. I like that each track on the CD is about a different individual, making this easy to pop in and listen to a tidbit about a specific individual. I also like that Meltzer includes a little bit about each person, and also a quote from that individual. I love the personal touch that is included as the author is reading the book to his daughter in the recording studio. This is a treasure that every parent should have for their daughter.

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