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When Heroes Die
Devastated to discover that Uncle Rob, his hero, is dying of AIDS, twelve-year-old Gary, in need of advice and guidance in his life, finds that it is Uncle Rob himself who gives him strength to face the future.
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Atheneum Books
(first published October 1st 1992)
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This book moved me more than I was expecting it too. As well as being an examination of AIDS, it was about grief, and how young people can deal with grief when someone close to them dies. I didn't want to get choked up when I read this book, but I absolutely did. None of the tension felt manufactured, but some of the characters, particularly the best friend and the love interest, were one-dimensional.