by Barry Lyga
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Hero-Type by Barry Lyga

Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic “Support the Troops” ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn't thought much about it up to then, becomes politcially engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means.

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ISBN-13: 9780547076638
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Barry Lyga is the author of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl and Boy Toy, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Hero-Type is his third book set in South Brook High School. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Hero Type 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kevin Ross, known as Kross to his friends, has been called a hero in his hometown and beyond. But can the seemingly innocent decision to remove a couple of magnetic ribbons from the back of his ugly, brown used car catapult his hero status to that of hated enemy? You bet it can!

Kevin happened to be at the right place at the wrong time for a serial killer called The Surgeon. For potential teen victim and classmate Leah, it was a case of the right place at the right time. Since saving Leah from certain death, Kevin can't look anywhere in town without seeing his name and hers linked on "thank you" signs and congratulations of all kinds. People can't seem to be able to do enough for Kevin, and they watch anxiously as he appears on TV and waits to collect a reward for his heroism.

All this praise and excitement is confusing for Kevin. He has long had a crush on Leah and relishes the attention she is now giving him; however, there are several secrets in Kevin's life that cast a shadow on all this positive attention. One secret is his father's mysterious military history in the Gulf War. Even when Kevin's mother still lived with them, the subject of his father's military service was off limits. The other secret is Kevin's own guilt for some event that actually placed him with Leah in the alley at the time of the killer's attack.

On the day Kevin pulled into the driveway with his new, used car, his father angrily demanded that the "support our troops" ribbons be removed immediately. When Kevin innocently explains that the local car dealer had slapped them on as he drove out of the used car lot, his father still insists they need to go. Unfortunately for Kevin, a news reporter still following the local hero witnesses the removal of the ribbons. This news is interpreted as "un-patriotic" behavior, and it unleashes the fury of a town proud of its patriot values.

As Kevin battles the public, who days before spoke of his heroic deed, he learns more about his parents' divorce, his mother's decision to move to California, and his father's struggles in the Gulf War. Readers can watch as Kevin learns the true meaning of patriotism and the freedoms we all take for granted. His story is especially intriguing in this time of political turmoil and tension.

Author Barry Lyga clearly demonstrates the division that can be created by different interpretations of what it means to support one's patriot beliefs.
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SuzieCullen More than 1 year ago
This was the first book i read in a long time and i chose barry lyga beause the other books i read by him were really good!!! this one was good as well (not as good as boy toy though) but i did think it was really good and i did find myself getting worked up right along with the main character and was on his side from the beginning! even when he admitted his flaws...
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Anonemous1 More than 1 year ago
Kevin Ross [Kross to his friends] saved a girl's life. Maybe that's enough to consider him a hero. But a deep, dark secret wraps around the lies Kevin has told the world, keeping him from telling the truth even when the world hates him. Kevin's sense a teenage sarcasm makes this the perfect book for young adolescents, as Kevin realizes his true self in raging battle between him and the rest of the country. One funny thing about this book is that Kevin puts almost all his trust in the Council of Fools, a motley group of teenage boys. You never know where this modern adventure leads Kevin to, and the humor makes this my personal favorite book. I would not recommend this book to younger children.
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Nrichie1 More than 1 year ago
Is Kevin Ross a hero? Too everyone else. maybe. To himself, he was just a guy who was in the right place at the right time. And that is exactly what he told the press. And that is exactly what he told the press. To the press, that isn't a hero. But they glitzed and glammed it up to make it look like Kevin was a man with a cape and mask. He attacked the serial killer (The Surgeon) with great swiftness and strength. That part was true, but after a while, the fame wouldn't leave him alone. He got a key to the city and a sweet hook up to a car (from the Mayor himself). But when the Media sees him throwing away to support our troop stickers (on his ex-soldier father's orders) he turns into the total anti-American. Kevin never had anything going for him. He wasn't the brightest, best looking star athlete he wished he could be. No, he was just Kevin. And once this story leaks out, Kevin might be at his breaking point. Mixed with humor, drama, and some suspense, Barry Lyga paints an intimate portrait of a loser teenager. He captures the futility of fighting the media, the problems of being a teenager and the overall state of our society. It shows what real patriotism is all about and how there might be a hero in us all. Or maybe heroes are something created by the Media to make us feel safe. Either way, this story shows that someone like Kevin Ross could have their life changed in a moment's notice.
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I wish i had read this book many years ago. Pariotism and free speech have long been at contention but this book gives a great equal ground. A great read that i higlu suggest for those in high school or college.
Jon28 More than 1 year ago
Kevin is a hero. The reason why he is a hero is because he saved a girls' life. Leah, the girl that he saved which is also a fellow classmate, was gioing to die because of a notorious rapist was after her and Kevin saved her life. He begins to feel guilty. He is guilty because there is a reason why he was in the right place at the right time. This is where I will leave you.