Heroes for My Daughter – a new book by Brad Meltzer

Arts, Books

Bestseller Brad Meltzer keeps his “Heroes” worship going in new book

Author Brad Meltzer

By Matt Robinson

While most adults may know Brad Meltzer (www.bradmeltzer.com) as the bestselling author of such politically-charged, secret society-infused thrillers as The Book of FateThe Book of Lies, and the soon-to-be sequeled favorite The Inner Circle, Younger fans may know him best for his work with such established heroes as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as a story designer for DC Comics. Most recently, however, Meltzer has made his name among the toddling set as the author of the popular Heroes for My Son (Harper), a collection of profiles in heroism that includes such notable inspirations as Superman creators Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel, international neighbor Fred Rogers, magic man Harry Houdini, barrier breaker Jackie Robinson, Drs. Salk and Seuss, and even members of Meltzer’s own family. In the interest of equal time (and another opportunity to reach his millions of fans and find more), Meltzer has recently released the female follow-up, Heroes for My Daughter (Harper). Based on his ever-building list of personal heroes and also suggestions from his fans, this sequel picks up where Son left off, adding to the mix such new heroes and heroines as Anne Frank, Ben Franklin, Judy Blume, Golda Meir, Lucille Ball, and even The Three Stooges! As in the first volume, each entry is brief enough for a bedtime story but deep enough for a night of contemplation.

“It’s been two years now since Heroes For My Son was published,” Meltzer explains, “and throughout that time, my daughter has asked one vital question:  ‘Where the heck’s my book?’”

Now, Meltzer’s daughter and daughters everywhere have a book of heroes just for them that also hopes to inspire siblings, parents, and any other readers, even those without children or mammary glands.

While there may be a female tilt to the title and while it also pays tribute to his late mother who passed before the book could be published, Meltzer assures that the book both includes and works for both genders. “As I wrote this book,” he says, “I was forced to look to the world for women (and a few men) who, like my mother, could serve as ideals for my daughter.” From disease to discrimination, Meltzer hopes to inspire all readers of all genders and ages with these stories of people who fought for themselves and for their fellow men (and women) as well. “I wrote it…to simply remind my daughter that ordinary people change the world,” he explains.

Meltzer believes so much in the power of “ordinary” people, in fact, that he has enhanced the impact of their efforts by celebrating them through a new clothing line that complements his literary efforts. From Muhammad Ali to George Washington, items and information available onwww.ordinarypeoplechangetheworld.com celebrate everyday people who overcame obstacles and rose above. “For me,” Meltzer muses, “what makes a hero is pretty simple: You have to help someone.”
This simple system has inspired not only his books and his clothing line, but also his own life. No matter how much fame and success he has achieved, Meltzer has always done what he could to reach back and help others. That is why proceeds from his sales go to such organizations as City Year, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Sharsheret, a Jewish community response to breast cancer.

Though many of the heroes included in his books were suggested by his daughter and by readers and fans, Meltzer says that the most important page in the book is the final one- a blank page that invites readers to add their own heroes. “I promise,” Meltzer says, “if you take a picture of your mom or grandparent or teacher, and you paste it in the book and write one sentence on what that person means to you, it will be the most beautiful page in Heroes for My Daughter.”

By reflecting on and revealing our own heroes, Meltzer suggests we also reflect on and reveal things about ourselves. “Show me your hero,” he says, “and I’ll show you who you are.”

If you would like to meet Brad he will be reading his new book called The Fifth Assassin Tuesday, Jan 22 at Brookline Booksmith at 7 PM






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