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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  308 ratings  ·  86 reviews
15-year-old Sean's got no one to look up to, and nothing left to lose-until he's arrested. The only way for Sean to pay his dues is to perform community service on Mr. Hassler's farm. He can do just what he has to, or he can confront the mess his life has become. It's his choice?

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Puffin (first published 1997)
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Kara Ripley
kinda cheesey but still good.
Kailey M.


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...more
Kensington Chenoweth
Dec 18, 2012 Kensington Chenoweth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Cheryl in CC NV
My son (xurol) is reading this for Freshman English at HS so I did, too. Pretty intense. Lots to discuss. Yes there's an agenda, but I didn't feel as if I was being lectured at, and my son says his class is liking it, too. (As much as 14-15 year-olds will admit, of course.) Excellent for home-schooled teens so they have an idea of what happens in the real world.

Neither my son nor I have ever been able to fully understand why abused children protect their parents rather than take their chances wi...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
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.
Carrie Lawler
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...more
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...more
Abbey
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...more
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....more
Tawny
Apr 04, 2008 Tawny rated it 5 of 5 stars
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....more
Alex_oconnell
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
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
Sam Harrison
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 ;)
Anna S
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
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
AshleyHollander
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
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
Sandra Strange
Fifteen year old Sean hates the world because of his abusive, uncaring parents. After repeated fighting and other violations, he is suspended from school and given the chance to earn his way back in by doing community service on Mr. Hassler’s farm. He determines he’ll serve his time, then move on, but animals, life and death, kindness, and a no nonsense approach change him. The novel is realistic and positive, with the change in the protagonist reluctant and realistically gradual, an essentially...more
Kimberly
I thought it was a very good book.
Kimberley Katharine
I have this book as a gift from my university lecturer and he told me that this is very interesting book.

When I reading the story, Sean's problematic life playing in my mind as if it's real. A teenage boy from a broken family finds life is filled with hatred. Of course, he thinks in a way that nobody in this world will care for him. Somehow, he is a determined boy because he tried his best working in the Mr.H's ranch (Sean's community service).

Frankly, I just can't stop reading it once I've go

...more
Max
Mar 02, 2014 Max rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kim Ourada
Recommended to Max by: Mr. Barnas
Shelves: have-read
very inspiring
Brooke Wilson
Hero is about a boy named Sean who is 15. He is a sort of delinquent who goes to under age drinking parties. He gets caught and because he already has a record he is sentenced to community service. Mr. Hassler decides to take Sean in to work on his farm for community service. He starts to change even from the first night.

This book was okay. I feel like this story has been told a time or two so it didn't really grab me. It is a short read so it wasn't too bad but this not my favorite book by far...more
Elizabeth Voights
I love this book. The character development throughout is excellent and the way the book almost seems as if it becomes a movie based on the descriptions but it's not too over bearing with descriptions which leaves some things up to the imagination. The main character of this story is relatable to many people and I believe this is a great read for many people.

Personally I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story that is highly relatable and also very good.
Victoria
This book is about a boy named Sean. He is abused by his mother and has not seen his father in two years until his father mysteriously appears after Sean gets into a fight. Sentenced to community service for violating his curfew he is sent to Mr.Hassles ranch to work hours on his ranch. During the story Sean learns how to face his problems and become a better person. Also he learns what it means to be a hero and even finds one throughout the story. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
Noah S.
i ejoyed this book because, it shows a typical teen.. who really has no dreams or aspirations to look forward to. actually he is labeled as a trouble maker. but when he gets sent away to an old farm for his community service, sean doesnt know what he is in for. the old war veteran that owns the farm wont put up with seans impropper ways, and ends up transforming sean into the intelligent and proud kid that was hiding inside of him. very good moral to this story
Zack Woodruff
i really enjoyed this book. i liked how it really went into detail and you could actually vision in your head what was happening. my favorite part of the book was probably when sean and him mom got into a fight, because when i read that i could actually see that happening in my mind. overall i give this book 4 stars, and i think anyone would like this book and you all should read it.
Alisyn
Jun 05, 2010 Alisyn added it
This is a book that I would probably have not chosen for my self. I am reading it for my English class, and it's alright. I don't like the swearing. :( This is a good story, though, about a boy that has to go do community service on a ranch, due to getting in trouble w/ the police. He learns a lot while doing farm work and becoming friends with a kind, old man.
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