Alan Gratz presents 'Heroes: A Novel of Pearl Harbor'

Bestselling superstar author Alan Gratz joins us on the stage for his new novel for young readers, Heroes, about the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. 


Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Alan Gratz—author of the young adult novels Refugee, Ground Zero, and Two Degrees—to the stage at Lake Forest Park! Gratz will be presenting his new action-packed, inventive, and powerful new novel about the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, HeroesTickets are required.

What you need to know:

  • Book-bundled tickets come with a copy Heroes. Books will be available for pickup at the event.
  • All sales from General Admission tickets ($5) will be donated to our Books to Students Fund.
  • If you are unable to attend the event, pre-purchased books will be placed on hold at our Lake Forest Park store. You may request to have your book placed on hold at our Ravenna or Seward Park location. Please allow time for transfer.

Copies of Heroes and other books by Alan Gratz will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book in advance!

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About Heroes. . .

December 6, 1941: Best friends Frank and Stanley have it good. With their dads stationed at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, the boys get to soak up the sunshine while writing and drawing their own comic books. World War II might be raging overseas, but so far America has stayed out of the fight. There's nothing to fear, right?

December 7th, 1941: Everything implodes.

Frank and Stanley are touring a battleship when Japanese planes zoom overhead, dropping bomb after bomb. As explosions roar and sailors scream, Frank and Stanley realize the unthinkable is happening: Japan is attacking America! The war has come to them.

Frantically, the boys struggle to find safety. But disaster and danger are everywhere--from torpedoes underwater to bullets on the beach... to the shocking cruelty that their friends and neighbors show Stanley. Because his mom is Japanese American, Stanley is suddenly seen as the "enemy." And Frank, who is white, cannot begin to understand what his friend is now facing.

If the boys make it through this infamous day, can their friendship--and their dreams--survive? Or has everything they know been destroyed?

Told with the immediacy, high-stakes action, and inventive storytelling that make Alan Gratz (RefugeeGround Zero) one of today's biggest authors, this riveting look at the attack on Pearl Harbor explores themes of prejudice, power, and what it truly means to be a hero.

Plus: The book ends with an all-original, 10-page black & white comic that brings to life the comic book idea that Frank and Stanley brainstorm in the novel. The comic is written by Alan Gratz and illustrated by Judit Tondora.

 

Praise for Heroes. . .

"Vivid... fast-paced. The humanity of the characters and the on-the-ground perspective evoke sympathy for those who perished in the attack... A propulsive wartime story with an earnest protagonist at its heart."
Kirkus Reviews

"Gratz does his usual splendid job of creating the visceral drama of battle alongside fully realized characters."
—Booklist (starred review)


Alan Gratz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Two Degrees, Ground Zero, Allies, Grenade, Refugee, Projekt 1065, Prisoner B-3087, Code of Honor, and Captain America: The Ghost Army, an original graphic novel. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.


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