Hero Of Lesser Causes

by Julie Johnston

Tundra | September 9, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Hero Of Lesser Causes is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
World War II has just been won, and everything seems possible to young Keely Connor. She sees herself as a hero on a white charger, able to conquer the world, even though in reality her charger is Lola, the placid horse that lives in the field behind her house.

One fateful summer day her brother Patrick is stricken with polio. Here is an enemy Keely cannot conquer. With all the will in the world, she cannot pass on to Patrick her zest or her energy or her own good health. Keely’s battle to save Patrick has become one of the classics of Canadian children’s literature and, in translations, around the world. This beautifully redesigned edition will capture the hearts of a whole new generation of readers.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 9, 2003

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887766498

ISBN - 13: 9780887766497

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book This book is set in the late 1940s. Keely Connor dreams of riding the horse who lives in the field behind her house. Patrick, her brother, is stricken with polio, is paralyzed and loses the will to live. Keely tries her best to transfer her energy, health and zeal for life to her brother. A great young adult book about the hero in all of us.
Date published: 2012-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book This book was probably the best book I have ever read. I know it starts off as a kind of What the heck is happening? chapter, but gradually accelerates and becomes more and more exciting. I recommend this book for ages ten and up. This book is about a girl named Keely and her brother Patrick. Patrick is Keely's favourite person in the whole world. When Patrick is soon affected by a deadly disease called polio, it is up to Keely to make him feel better, control his temper, and calm him down just enough so that he won't comit suicide.
Date published: 2005-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great find I read this book when i was 11 years old and fell in love with it. Now, 9 years later, whenever I'm asked what my favourite book is I still to this day think back to Hero of Lesser Causes.
Date published: 2004-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I found this book exciting and I couldn't put it down. After I read it my teacher read it to our class and it seemed like everybody enjoyed it.
Date published: 2002-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hero Of Lesser Causes A young girl by the age of 12 is faced with the fact that her brother is dying and she is left to care for him.
Date published: 2001-01-30

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Hero Of Lesser Causes

by Julie Johnston

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 9, 2003

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887766498

ISBN - 13: 9780887766497

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CHAPTER ONE It started off as a peaceful, plodding kind of summer, the summer of 1946. We ­didn’t know that our lives would charge wildly out of control. The war had been over for a year, although my brother, Patrick, and I were still taking part in it as much as possible. We had given up shooting each other, mainly because we were too old – I was twelve and Patrick was thirteen and a half that summer – and also because my mother ­didn’t like to hear me going around ack-­acking and ptchooing at Patrick. “Keely,” she said, “girls ­don’t do that.” I ­didn’t ever tell her this, but I used to think, what if I was in the war and they were coming right at me with guns and bombs and everything they could think of, I’d dig in my heels, grit my teeth and hold up the flat of my hand. I’d wither them. Floor them. You just have to think hard enough about something and you can do anything. Usually. Well, maybe not always. Being too old to shoot each other ­didn’t stop us from planting stink-­bombs in each other’s beds. Or ambushing each other. Once I leaped out from behind the garage with the garden hose aimed full blast. As it turned out, it was Mother’s footsteps I heard on the cracked cement of our driveway, not Patrick’s. She ­isn’t what you’d call a good sport at times like that. Neither is our father. He’s a judge and has a positio
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World War II has just been won, and everything seems possible to young Keely Connor. She sees herself as a hero on a white charger, able to conquer the world, even though in reality her charger is Lola, the placid horse that lives in the field behind her house.

One fateful summer day her brother Patrick is stricken with polio. Here is an enemy Keely cannot conquer. With all the will in the world, she cannot pass on to Patrick her zest or her energy or her own good health. Keely’s battle to save Patrick has become one of the classics of Canadian children’s literature and, in translations, around the world. This beautifully redesigned edition will capture the hearts of a whole new generation of readers.

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World War II has just been won, and everything seems possible to young Keely Connor. She sees herself as a hero on a white charger, able to conquer the world, even though in reality her charger is Lola, the placid horse that lives in the field behind her house.
One fateful summer day her brother Patrick is stricken with polio. Here is an enemy Keely cannot conquer. With all the will in the world, she cannot pass on to Patrick her zest or her energy or her own good health. Keely''s battle to save Patrick has become one of the classics of Canadian children''s literature and, in translations, around the world. This beautifully redesigned edition will capture the hearts of a whole new generation of readers.

About the Author

Julie Johnston received the Governor General’s Award for these her first two books. Her third novel, The Only Outcast, was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, as was her most recent book, In Spite of Killer Bees. Julie Johnston lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

“…spectacular …”
–Publishers Weekly [starred review]

“An outstanding book…”
–From the Citation for the Governor General’s Award

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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