REAL HEROES by Marilyn Kaye


Age Range: 8 - 12
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 Mr. Logan, a favorite teacher, is one of the few people willing to leave Kevin alone about his mother's recent ``abandonment'' of her family. Kevin also admires his father, a respected police officer thrust into the spotlight when he performs heroically in the line of duty. The two men face off when word gets out that Logan has tested HIV-positive and resigns. Telling her present-tense story with occasional flashbacks, Kaye sets admirable goals, though clumsiness impedes her progress: the discovery of Logan's HIV status seems contrived; the macho talk and behavior of some of the characters quickly becomes overkill; information on AIDS and HIV is inserted only as a classroom lecture (the book also includes a reading list and hotline information). Still, Kevin is likable, sensitive, and ultimately unable to accept the obvious injustices of Logan's situation; in a credible turnaround, this even helps him quell his dislike for his mother. Kevin's unwillingness to accept stereotypes holds the story together; it should help give readers like him--quiet but steady sorts--the courage to take similar stands. Flawed but of value. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-200563-3
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993