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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,106 ratings  ·  804 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Zach. What Zach ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Philomel Books (first published October 25th 2010)
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Mrs. Claar
Feb 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: None
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Was tempted by the superheroes, but I am so far from being the ideal audience for Lupica. I immediately could not take this book seriously. Probably because I'm not ten.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much and I think it finally pulled me out of a two-month long reading slump!
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were elements that I did not like about the book and elements I found interesting. First off, the two elements that I did not like in the book were the tons of sports references and lack of character introduction. I am not much of a sports fan to fully understand the references that were made in the book. e.g. David Wright on the Mets team. I do not know who they are but I do find out that Mets is a baseball team. Another example is the basketball team , Knicks. David Lee was said to be on ...more
Cheyann Coffelt
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Have you ever thought that your parents were superheros with inhuman abilities? Well for Zach Harriman and his family, that is true with their dad. He was a government agent who was trying to take down “the bads”. After he captured the leader and almost took down the organization he got into a plane crash. Now Zach and his family are paying for it but was it an accident? Will Zach’s family ever be the same again? Read Hero today to find out out!

The author of Hero is Mike Lupica. He is an America
Nov 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Danielle by: Young Adult Library Services Association
I kept falling asleep listening to the audiobook, but little did I know that would serve as a metaphor for my feelings about this.

The writing is super juvenile and underdeveloped: there are the "Goods" and the "Bads" and most of the book is spent ruminating on them, but there's no real development over the course of the book. There's a plot twist that comes way too close to the end: the book concludes with a note of moving forward, but barely anything actually happens during the book. There's a
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Zach Harriman was a normal teenage boy, he is 14 or 15, I can't remember but I think its something of that number. He thought he had a normal life, but one day, he ran up to his apartment and all his family members were there, crying. He knew his father was gone. The only thing he wanted was his father because he had never really spent much time with his dad. Zach wanted to investigate his father's death because he knew his dad was close to the President of the United States. Zach had made a tho ...more
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, meh, arc
Disappointed. Maybe I just got the rough draft?

I have loved his books in the past which is why this dive into the superhero/fantasy genre is such a disappointment.

The book is oddly paced. Young Billy and his soulmate/girl friend Kate just didn't ring true. The adults in the story are flat out weird but NOT in a quirky, charming way.

The Story line:
Billy's father dies in a plane crash while on a special mission. This is very sad because Billy adored his father who was "special" in more ways than
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
A Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee; our YA2. Zach Harriman is a wealthy, but fairly ordinary 14-year-old living in a swank, Manhattan high rise apartment with his mother and several staff. Zach's father has just died when the small plane he was piloting crashed near Long Island. Zach's father had traveled extensively for his job as "special assistant to the President," and now his death prompts Zach to find out more about his dad's life and work. Zach is especially suspicious about the cause of ...more
Maddie D
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it

I am currently reading Hero by: Mike Lupica. So far this book is about a young 14 year old named Zach. His father dies in an airplane crash delivering the “Rat,” (a bad guy,) to someone who’s been looking for him for a long time. Zach comes home one day and his entire family that lives in his location, is at his house with sad and serious faces. Right then Zack knows he will never be seeing his father again. His school friend, Kate, father has already died also. She knows how to han
Catherine C
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far I really like the book Hero by Mike Lupica because it does not start our boring like most books. It starts out suspenseful. It is about a man named Tom Harriman who works for the president of the United States. He is on a mission to get a bad guy. on the way back his plane crashes. Now his son Zach wants to find out how his plane crashes. I think that this is a good book for people who like suspense and fantasy. I think Lupica did a good job describing Zach's feelings because I can feel w ...more
Stevie D
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonder-struck
I am finishing up Hero by Mike Lupica. The book tells a story of a fourteen year boy who has lost his farther to a plane crash over the ocean. His father was a very successful man. When Zach is walking along the beach thinking about his father death's, he meets a man who tells him that Zach has magic. Later in the book Zach is almost kidnapped by a tall stranger. Zach's uncle John saves him from the stranger. I enjoyed the excitement in this book. I can't wait to read the ending.
Ian Rhines
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book I have ever read! I read this book for school for a book club that we are doing this term. I recommend this book for people who enjoy adventure and excitement.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
It doesn't even deserve one star, it took me forever to get through. Reading it was like pulling a elephant through quicksand.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall I think that this book was well written. It takes place in a lot of different places and I will love to read a different book from him.
Zach A.
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
They Killed His Father, and Now They’re Coming For Him.
What if I told you that you could become the world’s greatest superhero, but your father would have to die? Zach Harriman a 13-year-old New Yorker is faced with this terrible predicament, when his father, Tom Harriman dies. Zach soon starts to notice that he has unexplainable powers that can only be described as super powers. A family friend tells Zach that his dad was a superhero and that when he died, Zach became a superhero. At firs
Michael Hickey
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Personal Response:

In my opinion this was not the best of Mike Lupica's works, but it was still a good book. He tried to branch off from all of his sports books and make something new. This book does feel like it deserves a second book. It was well written for someone who would stick to the traditional sports books. I think that Mike Lupica should write more of his sports books but also do some more of these types of books. I would also love to have a second book in the series.


Zach is a four
Dec 17, 2013 added it

“Hero” by Mike Lupica is a fictional chapter book. It begins with a secret agent, Tom Harriman, who is the President’s secret assistant. He obtained his job as an assistant because he has special powers, like a sixth sense. He is sent out on a mission to find a bad guy named The Rat. He finds him and takes him to a getaway plane, after he figures out he is being followed. From that point on, the reader only knows that the plane had crashed and Tom has passed away. He left behind his wife and fou
Mary Anne
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, ya
I'm wavering between one and two stars, so my rating might change.

I had the ARC for this book, and normally I think nothing of commenting on a properly published title, but I do notice that the name of the main character changed from Billy to Zach. So I'm not sure what else has changed. I'm not sad to see "Billy Ball" go away, though.

I'm beginning to think I've lost my touch with the very YA, in that I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for, but I'm not thrilled at what I'm seeing. But I
Kelly J.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mike Lupica
289 pages

Hero is about a boy named Zach who's father dies in a plane crash. Now Zach's dad who was a spy or secret service man and he was coming home from a trip when his plane crashed. Everyone thinks it was an accident accept Zach. Zach thinks it was not an accident because of his dad's job. So Zach tries to find out if it is or isn't by researching it and going to the crash sight. Zach's mom tries to make Zach forget about it all and move on but Zach doesn't give up. Wh
Clare Cannon
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 8-10 years (boys)
Shelves: 08-12yrs
Hero is like an extremely mild version of Alex Rider: the young protagonist is 14-year-old Zach who spends more time finding out what he can and ought to do than actually doing anything. There is much less violence: a plotted plane crash resulting in the death of its occupants, one assassination attempt, and a couple of gang-ups/beat-ups which leave Zach hurt but not too badly, and which were only part of his training anyway.

Most of the story is built on trying to figure out who he can trust. Bo
The first chapter is told in first person by Tom Harriman, a secret agent with secret powers and a sixth sense on a secret mission to capture a bad guy known as the Rat. He easily defeats four guards and their backups. Then bullets pass right through him (or he's able to dodge around them) as he lugs his unconscious prisoner to the get-away plane. As he's flying away, he sees someone with white hair on the runway who was supposed to be on the other side of the world. This unexpected encounter ki ...more
I picked this book up somewhat half-heartedly sincemy son needed to write a book report about it and I thought I should have a basic idea of what the book was about. But instead of skimming, I found myself totally drawn in and read the entire book, word-for-word, in a day. Lupica has found a great character in Zach Harriman. Zach is the only son of a famous family. His father is a special advisor to the president. His mother is the daughter of another famous political family. The story starts wi ...more
Ivan Sanchez
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it

Feb 05, 2014Blake added it

“Hero” by Mike Lupica is a fictional chapter book. It begins with a secret agent, Tom Harriman, who is the President’s secret assistant. He obtained his job as an assistant because he has special powers, like a sixth sense. He is sent out on a mission to find a bad guy named The Rat. He finds him and takes him to a getaway plane, after he figures out he is being followed. From that point on, the reader only knows that the plane had crashed and Tom has passed away. He l
KayLee J.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished Hero by Mike Lupcia. It starts off with Zach a typical boy with a not so typical dad. But after his dad dies in a plane crash, his life changes forever. Past the first few chapters in the book my head was already spinning. With plenty different events and characters coming in questions began to form. My first one was: which characters are going to really tie in the story? And what happens that changes him in the next couple chapters? When going out to the crash sight Zach get ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, because I didn’t understand it and it was confusing. I also didn’t like it, because it was more of a fantasy book.

My first reason, why I didn’t like is because It wasn’t what I expected. Mike Lupia usually writes sports books and this one were completely off topic, about superpowers. My first quote was on page 121. Mr. Hebert said, “Don’t be afraid boy, you have magic too,” this quote was from when Zach figured out he had superpowers. I found this confusing
Zach is the son of a rich man who is apparently a diplomat by day and a superhero by night, acting as a troubleshooter for the President of the U.S. in both capacities. Zach doesn't know about the superhero part, but suddenly the father dies, and mysterious figures show up, trying to guide Zach in unspecified directions. A mysterious old man shows up, apparently trying to test Zach's own abilities and resolve, as Zach finds out that he, too, may not be entirely normal. Also, something about the ...more
Daniel  O
Oct 24, 2012 marked it as to-read
I am currently the book Hero, by Mike Lupica tells about a young boy named Zach Harriman, who realizes he has special powers and that there are people out in the world trying to make him turn over to the bad side, the people that use their powers for harm and not for the good cause. Zach's father, Tom Harriman, died a few months before Zach knew he was unlike others. His father worked as a special agent to the, doing secret operations for the President. His father was killed in a plane crash, an ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hero is a spectacular fictional story featuring a child named Zach. Zach has recently inherited the powers of his father after his father got killed by a group of terrorists called the Bads. This story takes you on an adventure of mystery and suspicion. At the start of the book Zach takes a trip to the site of his fathers death. Here he meets an old man who claims that he knew all about Zach and his father. Zach seemed a little suspicious and his suspicions seemed only to get bigger as his life ...more
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