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Hero

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  405 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
15-year-old Sean is the son of a deadbeat dad and an abusive mother. He doesn't think he has anything to live for, so he's reckless -- until he gets arrested. Suspended from school, with a mounting police record, the only way for Sean to pay his dues is to do community service work on a local farm. Mr. Hassler, the farmer, is a World War II vet, tough as nails -- and the f ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Perfection Learning (first published 1997)
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Kara Ripley
Aug 21, 2010 Kara Ripley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kinda cheesey but still good.
Kailey M.
Nov 01, 2012 Kailey M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Sean is a 15 year old high school freshman. He has no one to look up to as his mother is abusive and a drug and alcohol addict. His father left the family a few years back and hasn't talked to Sean since. To make matters worse, whatever money Sean is able to make is stolen by his mother on a weekly basis. His friends aren't the nicest people either. He really only has one friend and multiple enemies. Already with a growing police record, Sean is at a party with under age drinking that he and hi
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Kensington Chenoweth
Dec 18, 2012 Kensington Chenoweth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Hero was a heartbreaking and well-developed book. The author, S.L. Rottman, portrayed the characters in a way that could make one either love or despise them. It's about a 15 year old delinquent, Sean, that attends an under-age drinking party one too many times. Because he already has a criminal record, Sean is given community service. Sean's father is not in the picture anymore and his mother, a drug and alcohol addict, abusive toward him. To top it off, she steals any money he makes to pay for ...more
Reynaldo
This novel is about an abused teenager called Sean who gradually comes to trust another human being. Sean has been let down by people his whole life, especially by his abusive alcoholic mother and his evasive father. So when he has to write an essay about a ""hero"" for a school assignment, the 15-year-old comes up blank. Then, when a fight lands him a sentence of community service on Mr. Hassler's ranch, he comes to know heroism firsthand. Sean is a likable loner and tough as nails with a survi ...more
Mackenzie
Mar 24, 2015 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very powerful story of an abused teenager who soon comes to trust another human being. 15 year old Sean has been let down his whole life, mostly by his abusive alcoholic mother and his absent father. So when he's told to write an essay for his class about someone he considers his "hero" he comes up blank. Then, not so soon after, a fight lands him suspended and then onto community service due to his record on Mr. Hassler's ranch. Sean is a likable loner, tough as nails, with a survivors sense ...more
Jamil
The book is about Sean he is a fifteen year old freshman in high school he has been let down by everyone his whole life. Sean has to go to school and write an essay about a hero but he doesn't have one because everyone has always been downgrading him his whole life so he didn't do the essay. Sean gets caught for a mounting police record so he gets suspended from school now to pay his dues he has to community service on Mr. Hassler's farm.

Mr. Hassler is a world war two veteran and he doesn't tol
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DK
Mar 13, 2015 DK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What is your perception of a hero? In this book, it provokes what the true meaning of a hero is. The main character Sean is a troubled teen and has never been able to trust anyone. When he goes to a ranch, that all changes. He learns to care and in this story, he actually becomes the true hero. I won't provide any spoilers but I must say, this book had me from the first page. I actually thought it might be a little boring and it might be stereotyped but I have to say that this author went all ou ...more
Liz Haefele
This is a quick read heartily recommended by my 6th grade son. He loved the book and couldn't wait for me to read it. After completing the book, I was thrilled that he enjoyed it. This is not a story for adult readers per se as the theme is overdone in literature. However, as a story written to appeal to an adolescent boy, it's well done. It's a story about a 15 year old boy, with the deck stacked against him. With the help of a couple of adults, he, Sean, was able to pull himself out of his cir ...more
Max Velazquez
Nov 12, 2013 Max Velazquez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think this book is really cool,especially how Sean doesn't believe in heroes because anybody could be a hero but not everyone is a good hero
Paige Kinnaird
Wonderful read. Look forward to sharing with students next semester.
Brody Schoelier
Dec 02, 2015 Brody Schoelier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
alright
Carrie Lawler
Jul 30, 2009 Carrie Lawler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero follows Sean, a fifteen year-old constantly in trouble. In fact, within the first few chapters he's already fighting a one-time friend and, as a result, is forced to complete community service. This is unexpected for Sean, since he's expecting the usual suspension. Even more unexpected, is the fact that his work will take place at a ranch; no place for a city boy. It's here that Sean meets Mr. H and Knicker, two reasons Sean begins to confront his life and turn it around.

I would recommend
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Cana Rensberger
Imagine having a mother who doesn’t seem to know you exist. Unless she needs money or someone to take her frustrations out on. Imagine having a father who hasn’t had contact with you in two years, even though he lives only a couple of hours away. A father who kept taking you back to an abusive mother until he became too busy to even come see you at all.

Sean just plain doesn’t care anymore. So he’s been suspended yet again for fighting – big deal. It’ll be just another vacation. That is, until he
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Abbey
Jan 08, 2012 Abbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero, written by S.L. Rottman, is a well written story about a boy who’s life is changed by the influence of a man who helped him while serving community service hours. Rottman wrote an inspiring novel about the influence of peoples decisions and how the opportunity to change is up to yourself.
Sean is a young boy who is scarred by the challenges of life. His father left their family when he was young and his mother is neglectful and abusive. He takes his anger out on others and after many fight
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

Imagine having a mother who doesn't seem to know you exist. Unless she needs money or someone to take her frustrations out on. Imagine having a father who hasn't had contact with you in two years, even though he lives only a couple of hours away. A father who kept taking you back to an abusive mother until he became too busy to even come see you at all.

Sean just plain doesn't care anymore. So he's been suspended yet again for fighting - big deal.
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Tawny
Apr 04, 2008 Tawny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sabina
Shelves: young-adult
Author: S.L. Rottman
Title: Hero
Genre: dysfunctional teen, animal
Publication Info: Puffin Books. New York. 1997.
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Plot Summary: Sean Parker recently entered ninth grade and is having problems academically and socially. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother, who beats him. The school can’t ever get in touch with her because she sleeps during the day and works at night. Sean gets into a fight with a boy at school, so the principal suspends him for five days.
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Alex_oconnell
May 17, 2012 Alex_oconnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathtaking and life changing are the two words that I would use to describe this book. It is about a 15 year old boy named Sean who has had hard struggles throughout his life. He had an abusive mom and his dad left him when he was young. His parents have abused and neglected him into the wrong path for his life, but he changes that.
He gets into trouble for fighting at school and has to do community service at a farm. A man named Mr. Hassler owns the farm and takes care of Sean. Sean takes c
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Michalah O'connell
Breathtaking and life changing are the two words that I would use to describe this book. It is about a 15 year old boy named Sean who has had hard struggles throughout his life. He had an abusive mom and his dad left him when he was young. His parents have abused and neglected him into the wrong path for his life, but he changes that.
He gets into trouble for fighting at school and has to do community service at a farm. A man named Mr. Hassler owns the farm and takes care of Sean. Sean takes c
...more
Livib
Jan 20, 2016 Livib rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Book Hero, a high school boy has to write an essay about a hero but he doesn't have a hero and he is being sent to a farm to work because of all the trouble he has gotten in to. I loved this book because of how much the boy changed through out his three months working on the farm. I also liked it because of the message that it delivered.
Sam Harrison
Jan 24, 2014 Sam Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this book. This book really has nothing to do with the 50's, my interest, but it did feature a rebellious teenager, so that caught my attention. Anyway, the book was really a good one. It shows that troubled kids can still amount to something if something motivates them. In this case it's a ranch. The book had good detail and I all around liked it. I can't say what I'm trying to so just read the book yourself ;)
Valentino
Aug 22, 2016 Valentino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero was very heart breaking book because Sean is a 15 year old delinquent who has criminal records. His mom is abusive alcoholic that takes the money that Sean earns and his father left him and his mother. Sean has it really bad because he has allot of people on him.
Anna S
Mar 30, 2014 Anna S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing, you won't usually find me reading a book but I read this in 2 days. In the end it's devastating because you don't know if Sean died or not. This book really makes you stop and just think about your life.
Sam Colborn
Nov 01, 2010 Sam Colborn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I liked how Mr. Hassler helped Sean to be a better person. In the begining of the story I just thought Sean was a jerky kid. Throughout the book he goes and does community servise on Mr. Hasslers farm. No matter how rude Sean acts toward Mr. Hassler, Mr. Hassler still helps him. At the end of the story I change how I feel about Sean because he is a totally different person because of Mr. Hassler. Now Sean acts polite and he cares about his work and not about fighting. Mr. Hass ...more
Brianaustin
I decided to try and read the books Kali is assigned to read in her 6th grade English class. I just finished Hero by S. L. Rottman. I'm torn, actually. Perhaps for a sixth grade class learning all the literary stuff like foreshadowing, tone, mood, theme, symbolism, metaphors, and yadda yadda yadda, it was OK, because they were kind of way obvious which might help as a first exposure for students. So in that context, it's not a horrible book. I truly felt like it was purposely written to be purch ...more
CalLeandrosFan001
I first read it in school as an assignment. As the book got further along, the more I actually wanted to read it. It has an emotional end and I enjoyed it VERY much!
That is exactly why I went to buy it just recently.
AshleyHollander
Aug 30, 2011 AshleyHollander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-time
Discovering this book on the shelf of my Middle School library during a time in my life filled with chaos, I found healing as well as the main character did. As his family life continues to flow in disseray, he meets an individual who changed his life forever. That person shows him the power of persistance, responsibility, patience, love, and safety. This is a book that has stuck with me for many years because the young boy uses a horse as his outlet from the torments of his day to day life, som ...more
Sandy
Jan 12, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I think it used to be a middle school read in Hillsboro. I think my students would benefit from reading/hearing it.
Jake
Sep 11, 2015 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
will there be a sequel? I hope there is I want to know if Sean survives! this was a fantastic book read it you will love it!
Nikki
Sep 26, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book 5 stars I the resolution wouldn't have been so abrupt and inconclusive.
Sarah Nagy
Story of a troubled young man who is assigned to community service on a ranch and develops a closer relationship with old man who owns the farm. Decent enough story, would appeal to boys and to lower readers. It is a very a straightforward story with a little symbolism that is fairly obvious, so lower readers could figure it out and boost their reading confidence. But it does feel a bit unplausible at times - the main character's emotions and relationship with the ranch owner are very up and dow ...more
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