Thirteen-year-old Heck is a pretty normal kid with some artistic talent and a hyperactive imagination. Life with his mother has been hand-to-mouth but not catastrophic. He has a modest, passive suppor
Thirteen-year-old Heck is a pretty normal kid with some artistic talent and a hyperactive imagination. Life with his mother has been hand-to-mouth but not catastrophic. He has a modest, passive support system: his best friend and some kindly acquaintances.
When he and his mother are evicted, she assumes he's staying with his friend. Heck, confident of his own ability to get by and wanting to protect his mother from criticism, decides not to ask for help. For the next few days he brushes up against a harsher reality than he anticipated. He's hungry, broke, homeless and plagued by a toothache.
Heck has a series of encounters involving varying degrees of callousness, harshness, and risk. He sustains himself (and the reader) with his wit, imagination and optimism. As Heck faces the challenges of growing up on the streets — including drugs, pain, hunger, theft and homelessness — he must come to terms with his choices, his perceptions of himself, and his perceptions of others.
Heck Superhero is award-winning author Martine Leavitt's second foray into the world of today's urban teenager. Heck is as real as Martine's other troubled teenager, Tom Finder (Red Deer Press, 2003). And, like Tom Finder, Heck must find the inner strength to face the truth.
Martine Leavitt is an award-winning writer of young adult fiction. She fell in love with fantasy fiction when she read J.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings two weeks before high school final exams. She coundn't put it down and almost failed. It was a pivotal moment. She went on to read many fantasy novels, including The Dragon's Tapestry, The Prism Moon, The Taker's Key and The Dollmage. With her latest novels, Martine Leavitt turns from fantasy to the fertile ground of teenagers' immaginations.