What 14-year-old boy would turn down the opportunity to fight alongside ninjas, fly with dinosaurs, and battle Ice Giants? Probably none. Which of those boys would willingly give up childhood in order to do it is the real question.
In The Hero Within, Alex is that regular 14-year-old boy. He isn’t really concerned about the pressures of young adulthood that await him, but with high school looming right after the summer Alex is forced to take a closer look at his life and his future. One day, Alex discovers a puzzling medallion hidden in his bedroom. Once he puts it on, his life changes forever. He is charged with the implausible task of completing an interdimensional scavenger hunt to find the lost Treasures of the Elders. In doing so, he would assist Melanie, the imprisoned princess of the magical ice world known as Krisslyn.
Alex is then whisked away through time and space where he must rely on his wits, special skills, and a lot of luck to complete his mission. Alex must battle knights in a fierce medieval-style tournament, help an mysterious ninja warrior defeat an ancient foe, and thwart the wicked plans of a clan of vampires, all while avoiding the evil Redeemers who work to foil Alex’s plans at every turn. And what will he do when he actually encounters the Princess? In this exciting adventure, a boy is allowed to relish his youth and learn the importance of growing up at the same time.
About the Author
Jason Langin is a middle school language arts teacher residing in the greenish suburbs of the great city of Philadelphia. A Brooklyn, NY native and graduate of Villanova University, Jason has written eight novels for middle grade readers. He is happily married to Stacy with whom he has two beautiful daughters Maya and Avery. In his spare time, Jason enjoys writing, reading, riding roller coasters, listening to music that is much too loud for his age bracket, and performing with his improv troupe.
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