Hero Of Lesser Causes

by Julie Johnston

Tundra | September 9, 2003 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

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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Hero Of Lesser Causes

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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