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We Could Be Heroes

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Shiloh meets Raymie Nightingale in this funny and heartwarming debut novel about a ten-year-old that finds himself in a whole mess of trouble when his new friend Maisie recruits him to save the dog next door.

Hank Hudson is in a bit of trouble. After an incident involving the boys bathroom and a terribly sad book his teacher is forcing them to read, Hank is left with a week
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2020)
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Alex  Baugh
It isn't easy to set a book on fire, but if you are the owner of a piece of camping equipment called a Survival 4000 Fire Striker with Compass and Whistle, you just might be able to accomplish your mission. At least, that's what Hank Hudson, a sensitive fourth grader, thought when he tried to burn the 495 page book about the Nazis hunting down a young boy that his teacher was reading to the class, a book that he found particularly sad and upsetting.

Hank, who is autistic, generally likes spending
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a darling story of two kids who want nothing more than to save the dog next door. Hank is an endearing main character. He is sensitive, kind and empathetic. When he's overwhelmed, due to his autism, he takes out the rocks he carries in his pocket and distracts himself by listing off cool facts about each rock. He is clever and sweet. Hank has strong feelings and up til now, he's been able to use his strategies at school fairly well. When he meets Maisie, Hank is very excited about her ...more
Janet Aird
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ive never reviewed a childrens book before, so I googled the traits that good ones have. Margaret Finnegans We Could Be Heroes has all of them, in spades. First, the book is an exciting, but also compassionate, story of two children who set out to rescue a dog tied to a neighbors tree. I kept cheering for them, through all their struggles, failures and at last, their coming to an understanding with the world and the worlds coming to an understanding with them. Second, Finnegan channels the way ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The beginning of We Could Be Heroes pulled me into the book right away. Hank's efforts to burn the book his teacher is reading to his class gets him into a lot of trouble. But it also allows the author to introduce Hank and his autistic struggles. It also brings Hank a friend, or so it seems. Maisie is a girl on a mission and thinks Hank would make a great sidekick. Maisie wants to rescue her neighbor's dog, Booler. Booler spends all his time tied to a tree because he has seizures and might get ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to @kidlitexchange and the publisher for sharing a review copy of this MG book. All opinions are my own. Its available 2.25.20.

Oh, WE COULD BE HEROES is one of those stories youll be thinking about for a very long time. This memorable tale, about two delightful neurodivergent children who find friendship for the first time, will grab your heart. It allows us to view the world through their eyes and to experience their feelings as they struggle to understand it.

It also allows us to meet
Stephanie Tournas
Ten year old Hank hates the book his teacher is reading aloud to the class so much that he sets it on fire in the boys bathroom. He has autism, and the sad feelings he gets when he hears the story, of a boy trying to hide from Nazis during World War II, are overwhelming. Luckily, he has his rock collection and a loving family to steady him. When a new kid named Maisie befriends Hank, his family is thrilled. But does Maisie only want him as a friend to help steal the neighbors dog? Hank learns ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hank is a sensitive fourth grader with autism. Hed much rather spend his time alone organizing his extensive rock collection, but hes caught the attention of spirited Maisie after a curious incident at school when the fire department had to be called. WE COULD BE HEROES by Margaret Finnegan (releasing 2/25/20), is an endearing story of friendship, strong feelings, and understanding that just warmed my heart. Maisies sure she has the best of intentions as she devises a plan to rescue her ...more
Laura Gardner
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sensitively written middle grade book about an elementary school aged boy with autism, a fiery girl who befriends him, and a dog. As the mother of someone on the spectrum, a lot in here felt familiar. Hank has a tough time making friends and his parents worry that hes being taken advantage of when Maisie befriends him. Hanks description of what it feels like when his emotions are out of sync will help build empathy and understanding for people on the spectrum. Add in a loving dog that has ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and wise story. Wish I had read a book like this as a kid to help me understand and accept differences. Sweet undercurrent of humor in characters and dialog. I was happy to find parents and other adult characters quite relatable and sympatico. Cover art is beautiful!
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful book takes you into the delightful world of two young people who become determined to help a dog. It's about friendship and difference and being true to yourself. Terrific!
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well told story of building friendship and living with disabilities. Honest voices for these characters.
Brenda Kahn
Quirky characters? Check. Dog possibly in need of rescue? Check. Grumpy old neighbor? Check. Humor? Check. Warm hearts? Check. There's a lot to like in this debut.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The characters were a bit too young for my middle school readers,but this would be a good choice for elementary school libraries.
Laura Mauro
*I got this book for review from the publisher*

I thought this was a cute contempory themed middle grade novel. I like how this book had a unique premise but also tackled not common characters seen in books in both Hank and Maisie. I really liked how their friendship also developed throughout the book. I really also liked the mini adventure elements in this novel. I enjoyed how this book also focused on a relationship between children and dogs. I really enjoyed this read and would def read more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, and sad, and hopeful. Hank, who is on the autism spectrum, likes his life newt and orderly. He also loved rocks. So when a new girl, Maisie, shows up bring chaos to his life, he has to adjust his way of thinking. This story also involves dogs, camping, and being a good friend. A good lower middle grade novel. #Netgalley
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hank is loner at school, but he has his rock collection, so it is ok. When Maise enters the picture, Hank learns what it is like to have a friend. But does a real friend make you do things you know you should't do? Hank learns a lot about being a friend and being a hero during his adventures with Maise to save the neighborhood dog.
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Margaret Finnegan's work has appeared in Salon, LA Times, FamilyFun and other publications. She is the author of the middle-grade novel, WE COULD BE HEROES (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)--NOW A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION!

She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and her dog, Walt. She loves baking, soft-serve ice cream, and walking her dog.

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