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Heroes and Heroines in Children’s Literature

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Jim Kay, from the new illustrated Harry Potter editions

Heros and heroines are important figures in all our lives, and especially so in the lives of young people. Children’s and young adult fictional literature throughout history is filled with heroic people and animals who have inspired us in our lives in ways great and small. Heroic characters may wear a cape and have superpowers, some may save a life, a city, or even an entire civilization, but more often they are ordinary people who do extraordinary acts of goodness. They inspire us to try harder, lend a hand, strive for greatness, persevere, stand up for what is right or face a difficult situation with courage.

The shelves at Interabang are filled with heroes and heroines of all kinds. Many you may recognize, and many may be new to you, but here are just a few to help you be a little braver, a little stronger, or perhaps become someone else’s hero or heroine.



Young Children's Heroes and Heroines

Tacky the Penguin Cover Image
By Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780395455364
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Walter Lorraine Books - April 25th, 1988

Tacky the Penguin from TACKY THE PENGUIN


The Incredible Life of Balto Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9780375844607
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 9th, 2011

Balto from THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF BALTO


Brave Irene: A Picture Book Cover Image
By William Steig, William Steig (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374309473
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - October 1st, 1986

Irene from BRAVE IRENE


Winnie-The-Pooh Cover Image
By A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525444435
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: E.P. Dutton - October 31st, 1988

Pooh from WINNIE THE POOH


Lassie Come-Home 75th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Eric Knight, Marguerite Kirmse (Illustrator), Ann M. Martin (Contribution by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250062888
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - October 13th, 2015

Lassie from LASSIE COME HOME


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Officer Buckle and Gloria Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399226168
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Putnam Publishing Group - September 28th, 1995



Middle Grade Readers' Heroes and Heroines


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780439064866
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic - June 1st, 1999

Harry Potter from the HARRY POTTER series


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780545139700
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 7th, 2009

Hermione Granger from the HARRY POTTER series


Matilda Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator), Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780142424278
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - February 7th, 2013

Matilda Wormwood from MATILDA


Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060263850
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

Charlotte from CHARLOTTE’S WEB


The Librarian of Auschwitz Cover Image
By Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites (Translator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627796187
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 10th, 2017

Dita from THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321097
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Huckleberry Finn from THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN


Pippi Longstocking Cover Image
By Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child (Illustrator), Tina Nunally (Translator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780670014040
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2011

Pippi Longstockings from PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS


The Hobbit Cover Image
By Peter Sis (Illustrator), J. R. R. Tolkien
$10.99
ISBN: 9780618150823
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 25th, 2001

Gandalf from THE HOBBIT


Anne of Green Gables Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780141334905
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 8th, 2011

Anne Shirley from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES


Little Women Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408766
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Jo March from LITTLE WOMEN


Lucky Broken Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399546440
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 11th, 2017

Ruthie Mizrahi from LUCKY BROKEN GIRL


The Lightning Thief Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780786838653
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hyperion Kids - March 1st, 2006

Percy Jackson in THE LIGHTNING THIEF



Young Adult Readers Heroes and Heroines


The Book Thief Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

Liesel from THE BOOK THIEF


Catching Fire Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545586177
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - June 4th, 2013

Katniss Everdeen from THE HUNGER GAMES Series


The Hunger Games Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439023528
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - July 3rd, 2010

Peeta Mellark from THE HUNGER GAMES Series


Between Shades of Gray Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142420591
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - April 3rd, 2012

Lina from BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY


The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

Augustus Waters from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS


I Capture the Castle: Young Adult Edition Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250146694
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wednesday Books - October 10th, 2017

Cassandra Mortmain in I CAPTURE THE CASTLE