Fall 2019

The Life Heroic

How To Unleash Your Most Amazing Self

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Heroes are superhuman. Or at least it’s easy to assume that when you read ripped-from-the-news stories of derring-do. But in reality, almost anyone who’s motivated can be a hero, and the heroes who make the biggest impact aren’t always the ones who make headlines. This approachable, research-backed guide will equip kids with the tools they need to become everyday heroes. Along the way, you’ll hear from real heroes living out the truth of psychologist Phil Zimbardo’s words: “Most heroes are ordinary. It’s the act of heroism that’s extraordinary.”

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 144
Publication Date 2019-08-06
BISACS JNF053200, JNF053220, JNF053160
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 1080
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes


Kirkus Reviews

“[A] strategic, confidence-building read is just enough to energize a young person who still feels hope to change the world one day at a time.”—Kirkus Reviews

Scott T. Allison

“Elizabeth Svoboda’s The Life Heroic is the most masterful treatment of heroism available today. This book is a must-read for both children and adults—it is a true tour-de-force.”—Scott T. Allison, Psychologist and Author of Heroic Leadership

Philip G. Zimbardo

“Everyone should read and begin to emulate some of the truths in Elizabeth Svoboda’s masterpiece.”—Philip G. Zimbardo, Psychologist and Founder of The Heroic Imagination Project

Michelle Werning

The Life Heroic is a step-by-step guide to helping you develop into your most courageous self. What are you waiting for? Become an everyday hero!”—Michelle Werning, Heroism Educator

Author: Elizabeth Svoboda

Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Psychology Today, and O: the Oprah Magazine. She lives in San Jose with her husband and young son.

Illustrator: Chris Hajny

Chris Hajny is a product designer, photographer, illustrator, and creative collaborator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.