Gr 3-6--Heroes with superhuman powers wear capes and save the world from destruction. That's not the kind of hero this book focuses on--instead it's centered on small acts of kindness. Everybody could use a little kindness; these moments can make all the difference. Sometimes it's something as simple as helping a fellow student get a passing grade to stay on the soccer team. Sometimes it's putting yourself in someone else's shoes and understanding where they are coming from. Or sometimes it's going back for a best friend in a dangerous situation. This anthology features thirteen prominent #OwnVoices authors, edited by We Need Diverse Books board member Rhuday-Perkovich. These short works of fiction cross genres from contemporary to fantasy to mystery, making this a great fit for school and public libraries. VERDICT A great anthology with a message of spreading kindness and hope.--Katy Hershberger, School Library JournalCopyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Compiled in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, this collection of 13 stories by well-known writers for young people showcases everyday heroes of varied gender identity, ethnicity, class, and neurodiversity who resolve a plethora of issues, both otherworldly and mundane. Among its most notable entries are Hena Khan's "Home," in which a girl named Aleena grapples with the wonder and frustration of living with her newly adopted little brother; Lamar Giles's "Ellison's CORNucopia: A Logan County Story," in which African-American twin girls Leen and "Wiki" use their mechanical inventions and impressive memory, respectively, to solve the case of a stolen cash box at the local farmers' market; and Mike Jung's "Thrown," about Stevie, an Asian-American martial arts student with autism, who struggles with the transition from kids' to teen and adult aikido classes, and finds anchoring support from adults in his life, some on the spectrum. With central characters as diverse as the expansive, realistic worlds they inhabit, these accomplished stories triumphantly redefine the meaning of the word hero. Ages 8-12. (July)Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.