All Tyler Evans wants is to be a hero. For himself and for his family. For his friends too—or even just his dog, Gretzky. But becoming a hero isn’t easy. Heroes don’t get nosebleeds at school, or lose a shoe when they kick a ball. They especially don’t let the class bully steal their lunch… Maybe a magic potion will help?
Told in an endearing, child-centric narrative, this short book explores the development of a child’s sense of self-worth as he carries out small heroic acts while coping with feelings of inferiority resulting from sibling teasing in his single-parent household, and bullying at school. It features quick thinking and innovation on a child’s part, and realistic, down-to-earth connections with pets and wildlife.
About the authors
Alison Lohans is an award-winning, internationally published author of many books for young people, most recently "River Rat" and "This Land We Call Home," which won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Literature. She has also worked as a writing instructor and a music teacher, and served as Writer in Residence in addition to doing hundreds of author talks across Canada. Born and raised in central California, Alison immigrated to Canada during the Vietnam War years. She has two grown sons and gets great enjoyment from her passion for music, playing cornet, recorder and cello in several amateur groups in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Gretchen Ehrsam is a lifelong artist, printmaker and calligrapher who is always experimenting with new media in her quest to keep learning more. She illustrated Leaving Mr. Humphries (YNWP, 2013) and The 1-Dogpower Garden Team (YNWP, 2021), both by Alison Lohans, and is the cover illustrator for poetry books by Mark Newman. Gretchen teaches at the “Letters of Joy” calligraphy conference, and art classes for adults at Eureka Sally's gallery. Alison Lohans and Gretchen Ehrsam are cousins.