My Brother's Hero

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Ben Floyd is almost fourteen. He's ready for a change of scenery and a taste of adventure. When an unexpected turn of events finds the Floyd family in the Florida Keys over the Christmas vacation, Ben has a welcome opportunity to escape the neighborhood routine. Here he and his younger brother Cody meet Mica, a know-it-all eleven year old who lives a nomadic life aboard a boat with her marine biologist father. At first Ben resents Mica, but hanging out with her, he experiences the excitement and the danger of the...
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Overview

Ben Floyd is almost fourteen. He's ready for a change of scenery and a taste of adventure. When an unexpected turn of events finds the Floyd family in the Florida Keys over the Christmas vacation, Ben has a welcome opportunity to escape the neighborhood routine. Here he and his younger brother Cody meet Mica, a know-it-all eleven year old who lives a nomadic life aboard a boat with her marine biologist father. At first Ben resents Mica, but hanging out with her, he experiences the excitement and the danger of the Keys and, in the process, tests the limits of his own courage.

Thirteen-year-old Ben is annoyed by an eleven-year-old, know-it-all girl who threatens the fun of his family's vacation in the Florida Keys, but he has other worries, especially anxiety about his friend's reaction when she opens the necklace he gave her for Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ben, Cass's childhood friend from Crossing Jordan, narrates as the two develop romantic feelings for one another. On vacation in the Keys, Ben and his younger brother go on many adventures, yet Ben's thoughts return to Cass. Ages 8-12. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Thirteen-year-old Ben Floyd is stuck somewhere in between being a child and being an adult. He is stuck between regarding his childhood playmate Cass as a friend and trying not to notice her newly developing body. And Ben is stuck living on Magnolia Way doing the same things today that he did the day before and the month before and the year before. Ben is hoping for something to change. That change comes in the form of a Christmas holiday on a houseboat in the Florida Keys. Shortly after Ben and his family arrive in the Keys, they discover that this Christmas will indeed be different when they meet a young girl named Mica who lives an unorthodox life with her marine biologist father. Mica immediately wins over Ben's little brother Cody, and she introduces the boys to a life of adventure they never knew existed. Unfortunately Mica's life is not as wonderful as the picture she paints, and years of barely disguised parental neglect mean that Mica's bravery can outweigh her common sense, putting her and those around her in danger. My Brother's Hero is a definite purchase. Not only is each of the characters well developed, with realistic flaws as well as admirable strengths, the story itself is exciting. This is a great book for younger teens who enjoy believable adventure stories. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Peachtree, 200p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Heather Lisowski
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Thirteen-year-old Ben, mentioned in Crossing Jordan (Peachtree, 2000) as Cass's childhood friend, narrates this story. Here, the two are developing romantic feelings for one another, although Cass makes but a brief appearance. Ben goes with his family to the Florida Keys for Christmas to mind his uncle's marina. He meets bold and brassy Mica, 11, who lives on a boat with her alcoholic, inattentive father, a marine biologist; her mother is supposedly a famous ballerina "on The Continent." She takes over the family's holiday. She knows the Latin name for seemingly every species of ocean life, motors around the mangroves in a Zodiac, and takes Ben and his younger brother on myriad adventures, including the inevitable one where they almost get lost at sea. He continues to think of Cass, back home in Tallahassee, and the special present he left for her. Longer and slower than the earlier title, and not as compelling, this book has trouble finding a focus as it is partly about child neglect, sibling rivalry, and oceanography, and is also a coming-of-age story.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453528
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 302,464
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Pecans for Cash 1
2 Asteroids and Aliens 8
3 Customizing Mr. Frosty 14
4 The Dumbest Words Ever Spoken 18
5 Mr. Frosty Heads South 23
6 Welcome to Bert's Marina 28
7 Mica 36
8 Island Collecting 44
9 Slip-In-Easy 50
10 The Secret Tunnel 60
11 A One-Way Trip to the Bottom 70
12 Tools or Treasure? 77
13 Deck the Boat 83
14 Snorkeling with Jacques 91
15 The True Sea 97
16 That Cass Person 105
17 Cass's Gift 110
18 The Battle Scar 119
19 The Bottom of the Food Chain 126
20 A Ride with Mr. Trouble 132
21 Chicken Fighters 141
22 The Human Lightbulb 147
23 Key Weird 155
24 The Last Sunset 162
25 Adrift 175
26 If We Never Get Rescued 182
27 We Ride! 188
28 Cass 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    Superb fiction

    The Crossing Jordan series is one of the best series for young teen readers...this book is just as great as the first two. I highly recommend this book I hope that each and every middle school student who loves to read, and even those who are not too sure, read this book. One of our best writers today!--Ron

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Awesome Book!

    Wow- this was a phenominal book. I definitely reccomend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Another Great Book by Adrian Fogelin!!!

    This book is the 3rd in a series ('Crossing Jordan', 'Anna Casey's Place in the World', and 'My Brother's Hero') about some kids from a North Florida neighborhood. They get a chance to spend time in the Florida Keys. The characters are terrific and very realistic! The story has things any 4th grade through early high school has experienced: The excitement and risks of adventure, the first dawnings of girl-boy relationships as well as the fun and anxiety of growing up, but don't tell the kids that! To them, it will be a great adventure story set in the colorful Florida Keys full of exotic ocean life! It has a great climax that will keep them riveted! I would recommend all the books in the series. AKA

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