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Hero

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  111 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
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
kinda cheesey but still good.
Kailey M.
Sep 13, 2012 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 17, 2012 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
Paige Kinnaird
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read. Look forward to sharing with students next semester.
Max Velazquez
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Brody Schoelier
Dec 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
alright
Skye B
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book that I read was Hero, by S.L. Rottman. The book is about a fifteen-year-old named Sean. He hates the world, therefore he doesn’t care about anyone or anything and he gets in a lot of trouble. He struggles at the start of school and gets sent to do community service. He eventually grows up and gets all his work done.
I really liked this book. I liked it because I can somewhat relate. I used to struggle in school a lot and do a lot of bad things. I’ve also had to do community service. I st
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Beth
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for: quick decent read, moral books, good plotline, realisticness
Recommended to Beth by: goodreads
wow.
dare I give this book a 4 stars?
maybe a 3.5, or even a 4 stars with this one. Killer ending, absolutely wrapped everything up. Amazing.
I've been so deprived of good literature after reading other supposedly good YA fiction (according to goodreads ratings). This was great book. It's sad that adult realistic fiction is probably dirty (or so I'm assuming from other books I've tried to read in that genre) because they COULD be quite sensible and achieve some sort of literary decency, but I'm not
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Jen
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This read like an after school special. Sean is a kid from a rough background without anyone around to give him an actual chance in life. His dad appears uninterested. His mom is abusive. So, he makes rotten choices and eventually gets in trouble. Enough trouble to warrant some community service time. He is assigned to work on a ranch and there he learns to take care of the animals, work hard, and he even helps deliver a colt whom he bonds with and names Knicker. The story is predictable. The en ...more
Cindi Leiter
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book was a true page turner. The writer created situations that allowed you to laugh and cry! I finished this book in one day and that is not something I normally do! I couldn't put it down because the author was able to create characters that I bought into right away! It was truly a wonderful experience. The author causes you to think, to consider another side that you may not have considered before. It was truly a wonderful book.
Evie
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aleena
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This book was amazing! I love the way it tells that story from a perspective that not many of us in this century might know of. It tells how someone so tense and uncaring can be a sensitive and caring person. It tells of how one boy becomes a different person. It tells of a hero.
Leslie Pasaran
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know when my class read this book but oh well. To be honest, it was great and it was funny. lol. 🤣
Marco
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a good page-turner, I enjoyed it
Diane
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sean has been labeled a loser - his father has moved out and pretty much forgotten about him; his mother is an abusive alcoholic that blames Sean for all their misfortunes; and the "semi" gang at school tries to recruit him because he such a loser. When he gets in yet another fight at school, he is suspended and sentenced to community service. That's when he meets Dave Hassler, a no-nonsense rancher. Suddenly, Sean has someone who seems to care about how he acts and what he's doing. Slowly, he b ...more
Makayla Johnson
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
HERO by S.L Rottman
Anna
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favorite book growing up. I can't even remember how many times I read this!
Tawny
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Mackenzie
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2016 added it
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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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
Jennifer Wardrip
May 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Abbey
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Carrie Lawler
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Liz Haefele
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Cana Rensberger
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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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DK
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Michalah O'connell
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Alex_oconnell
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Brianaustin
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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