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Jukebooks: Hero by Perry Moore

Music lovers and readers alike can identify a number of works simply titled “Hero.” Today’s Hero by Perry Moore appeared on YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults list in 2008, and in a 2012 Popular Paperbacks list, Adventure Seekers.  The accompanying song, Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five For Fighting (featuring John Ondrasik) does not have the word “hero” in the title, but is nevertheless about a reluctant superman finding his own way.

Hero by Perry Moore











Next week we’ll be back with a different kind of hero and a different kind of song.

— Diane Colson, who is reading Long Division by Kiese Laymon and listening to Golden Boy by Abigail Tarrtelin.

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Diane Colson

I have been a librarian working with youth since 1998, beginning at the Alachua County Library District, and later at Palm Harbor Library and Nashville Public Library. Possibly because of the edgy nature of teen literature, or possibly because my maturation process crashed at the age of fifteen years-old, I love YA books. And I enjoy working with YAs as well, although I'm just as happy doing Toddler Time. By some good fortune, I have served on a number of YALSA selection committees (Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks, Alex Award, Odyssey Award, Nonfiction Award, Morris Award, and Printz) as well as a smattering of process committees. Currently I am serving on the YALSA Board. .I also review books for VOYA, School Library Journal's Adult4Teen Blog, BookPage, and Booklist.