It's 1962 and in school Ginny is learning about heroes and martyrs who die for what they believe in. She isn't so sure there is anything that she loves that much that she would be willing to die for it. But when an incident happens next door, she watches as her dad and other men in the neighborhood band together to protect her neighbor and she discovers something worth believing in. Based on a series of events in the author's life.
Author Virginia Kroll wrote Especially Heroes based on a series of incidents, all true, that had an enormous impact on her when she was a child and that continues to affect her to this day. In the story, a young girl learns firsthand that ideals must be lived out, not just talked about, and that living out ideals sometimes involves facing danger. Set in the early 1960s, Especially Heroes gives an authentic glimpse of some of the challenges of race relations during that era of the civil rights movement. Virginia Kroll's powerful childhood memories are brought to life by illustrator Tim Ladwig's unique perspective on an ordinary neighborhood of that time and the heroism of everyday people who responded with courage and caring when confronted with acts of hatred.
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