Not All Heroes

Category: Book
By (author): Cameron, Josephine
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
  JUVENILE FICTION / Superheroes
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Published: May 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25in x 5.37in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Even though her family moved across the country for a "fresh start" after her little brother's death, eleven-year-old Zinnia Helinski still feels like she's stuck waiting for her new life to begin. Then she spots her new neighbor, Kris, climbing down the fire escape of their apartment building. He's wearing a black eye mask! And Spandex leggings. . . . And a blue body suit?

Soon Zinnia finds herself in a secret club for kids who want to be heroes. The Reality Shifters don't have superpowers, but they do have the power to make positive change in their neighborhoods. And a change is just what Zinnia is looking for!

At first, she feels invincible. Zinnia finally has friends and is on the kind of real-life adventures her little brother, Wally, would have loved. But when her teammates lose sight of their goals, Zinnia must find the balance between bravery and recklessness, and learn to be a hero without her cape.

From The Publisher*From author of the commercial hit Maybe A Mermaid comes a middle-grade adventure about heroics in the face of grief.
Review Quote*

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"With its clear, accessible writing, this suspenseful story masterfully juggles many topics: grief; self-assurance; the need for individual, collective, and systemic approaches to ableism, poverty, and other social ills; and the fine line between "extreme altruism" and self-aggrandizement. Morally complex and extremely fun." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Biographical NoteJosephine Cameron received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Maybe a Mermaid and A Dog-Friendly Town. She lives in Brunswick, Maine, where she writes, sings, and teaches music to kids.