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by Mike Lupica

You know the superheroes. Superman. Spider Man. The Green Hornet. The Shadow. Batman. The ones in the comics and movies. But, you never expected to meet a real live super hero, did you? One that went to your school? He might be hiding in the shape of an ordinary kid that you know, the kid you would least likely expect to be a superhero ... like Clark Kent, the lone survivor of Krypton, and Peter Parker, the victim of a spider bite.

Tom Harriman was a modern-day hero who used his amazing powers to protect the United States President. With the ability to move at lightning speed, see with x-ray vision, overcome the strongest opponent, and use a sixth sense, he knew his mission was to protect the country from the evil ones that constantly try to get through him to destroy the greatest country on earth. Then, in a turn of events that no one could have forseen, his plane crashed, and Tom Harriman was killed.

Tom's death hit Zach, his son, hard, but it was soon clear that he, too, possessed super powers that began to reveal themselves, first in small ways, then, developing quickly into those his father possessed. With his mother away campaining for Senator Robert Kerrigan for President, Zach would have to rely on his friend, Kate, the daughter of the family housekeeper who lived with them in their New York Penthouse, as a sounding board and for support. He depended, too, upon his Uncle John who was like a father to him, in the rare times he was in town. Did he always tell him the truth?

When "The Bads" who caused his father's plane to crash decided to target Zach, the young Harrigan found several opportunities to practice fending off the evil guys. Would he be able to hone his magical abilities in time to stop the "Bad" guys from completing their new mission? Who was the old man who stepped out of the shadows to give him advice? Was he one of "The Bads" or a power for Good?

Will Zach be able to serve Good by going out and single-handedly trying to destroy the Evil that is everywhere?

Which side will YOU decide to serve: Good or Evil? If you choose a little of both, you always default to EVIL!

Best selling sports writer, Mike Lupica, introduces this new super hero in Hero a story for grades 4-6 with an uncomplicated plot, limited vocabulary challenges, and little figurative and descriptive language. Zach Harriman is a superhero you may want to get to know better. We here at Kids Wings think your students may even like to rewrite the ending to answer some unanswered questions that are left dangling.

The 20-page Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic applications, all inspired by Zach Harrigan's superhero character, interwoven with character lessons revealing the importance of stepping up to choose which side you will take. Included is an interactive Jeopardy-like game that will conclude the study with some competitive fun.

Research Links
by award-winning author, Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica Official Website
Excerpt from Hero
List of Comic Superheroes
Random Superhero Generator

Superhero Powers
Creating Weaknesses for Your Superhero
What Marvel Super Powers Would You Have? (Planner)

Phoenix Jones, Seattle Superhero, in the News

What are the Jitneys?
Jitney Schedule

Related Literature

Kids Wings Classroom Lesson Plans and Activity Units for
Hero Stories

You can purchase the 38-page unit PLUS a Jeopardy-type game for Hero by Mike Lupica for immediate download for only $19.95! Click Here to Purchase and Download

A 38-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Hero by Mike Lupica is available now!!

The Activity Guide/Lesson Plan Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Map Study
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journals
Vocabulary by Chapters
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Character Studies
Super Powers Crossword Puzzle
The Super Powers of Zach Harriman
Map of Central Park

Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters
Comic Book Summaries
Discussion Guides for Chapters 32-34
The Challenges, The Lessons, and the Application
Weighing Justice and Truth
What's Left? Questions and An Answer Puzzle
What's Fact and What's Fiction? Research
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!


Hero by Mike Lupica is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $20.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


Background Music:
With special thanks to composer and artist J. D. Tolman
for allowing us to use his original composition, Hero's Fantasy, as our background music


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