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Brian Hastings

Five Books With Unlikely Heroes

What is it that makes us love an underdog? Maybe they help us believe that anything is possible. Or maybe we see a bit of ourselves in them. When I was growing up, I loved the stories about heroes that nobody believed in. It was fun to imagine that the quiet, daydreaming kid who got picked last in kickball could somehow one day be a hero.

Unlikely heroes come in a lot of flavors. Some lack courage, some lack character. Others are reluctant or lazy. Sometimes even the reader doesn’t realize who the hero of the story is until the end of the book.

These five books are kid-friendly, but the writing style and themes make them as entertaining to adults as they are to kids. Each has a different kind of unlikely hero…

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