Heck Superhero

Heck Superhero❴PDF / Epub❵ ☄ Heck Superhero Author Martine Leavitt – Heartforum.co.uk Heck is used to getting by on his own his mother is unreliable, at best But even a boy with a rich imagination is going to have a tough time managing when he and his mother find themselves without a h Heck is used to getting by on his own his mother is unreliable, at best But even a boy with a rich imagination is going to have a tough time managing when he and his mother find themselves without a home It s a good thing Heck has wit, strength, and a lot of optimism.

Martine Leavitt has published ten novels for young adults, most recently Calvin, which won the Governor General s Award of Canada My Book of Life by Angel was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Other titles by Leavitt include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General s Award Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands Currently she teaches creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a short residency MFA program She lives in High River, Alberta.

Heck Superhero PDF Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 172 pages
  • Heck Superhero
  • Martine Leavitt
  • English
  • 23 November 2017
  • 1886910944

10 thoughts on “Heck Superhero

  1. Gwen says:

    I get the feeling that Leavitt does not really know about comics or what comics a 13 year old I think he was supposed to be 13 who loves comics would be familiar with in this day and age Especially one who is presented as unsheltered and has supposedly been taking care of himself and his mother a long time What results is an unbelievably naive character by a writer that makes herself sound just as naive by not really knowing the thing that, she tells her readers, her main character loves As I get the feeling that Leavitt does not really know about comics or what comics a 13 year old I think he was supposed to be 13 who loves comics would be familiar with in this day and age Especially one who is presented as unsheltered and has supposedly been taking care of himself and his mother a long time What results is an unbelievably naive character by a writer that makes herself sound just as naive by not really knowing the thing that, she tells her readers, her main character loves As a 13 year old boy how can he not have come across something like the hardline yet somewhat questionable morality of The Punisher The disalussionment of Spiderman The cynacizing of Batman Even if he hasn t read things like Watchmen or The Doom Patrol which I had read by the time I was 13 , how can he still think that things always turn out alright for superheroes Modern comics are full of unhappy endings and angst His take is too simplistic.Maybe my problem is that I ve read too many books about jaded, comic book lovers Maybe my problem is that I am one.I thought she wrote some beautiful phrases and the idea behind the plot of the story is wonderful, but I was disapointed by how it was told Like the main character, the story felt flat I wanteddepth and I wantedsophistication yes, a young adult novel should have that.I m not going to get too geeky in this review I ve tried to keep to recognizable comics references and maybe I ve already been too harsh, but I think my main problem is that Leavitt did not seem to do the research she needed to in order to make this book interesting or anythingthan mostly pretty pose That said, I wished it had been better I still want it to be better As I finish writing this way longer than intended review, I realize the book frustrated me because I had high hopes for it.If you re a comics fan, probably shouldn t pick this one up If you aren t, then I would say it s worth reading I d say it s a quick read for even an 11 year old

  2. Jared says:

    I was expecting this book to be funny, and it decidedly wasn t Nevertheless, it was a really good book, and thought provoking.Heck is a good kid who tries to take care of his mom, who is depressive and occasionally temporally displaced thinks she s six again, type of thing , particularly when she s under stress The book starts with Heck Hector s mom calling him at a friend s house to say that they ve been locked out of the apartment for failure to pay the rent, and telling him to see if he I was expecting this book to be funny, and it decidedly wasn t Nevertheless, it was a really good book, and thought provoking.Heck is a good kid who tries to take care of his mom, who is depressive and occasionally temporally displaced thinks she s six again, type of thing , particularly when she s under stress The book starts with Heck Hector s mom calling him at a friend s house to say that they ve been locked out of the apartment for failure to pay the rent, and telling him to see if he can stay the night.Heck doesn t This story is about Heck s attempts to find his mom and survive It is honest it doesn t sugar coat anything Even the ending, which faintly colors some hope into the starkness of their lives, doesn t pretend that things are going to be easy I was very impressed.The book is short It s a very quick read, written on a little younger level than I usually read

  3. Douglas Cootey says:

    A young homeless boy named Heck, whose dysfunctional mother gets them evicted, struggles to survive on the streets while using superhero fantasies to help him cope Not light reading by any means.Here we have a main character who steals from his friend, takes drugs, lies to authorities, trespasses, and stubbornly refuses all offers of help When Heck takes drugs and we experience him being high I was very tempted to put the book down It was overall an unnecessary moment to experience, IMO.Still A young homeless boy named Heck, whose dysfunctional mother gets them evicted, struggles to survive on the streets while using superhero fantasies to help him cope Not light reading by any means.Here we have a main character who steals from his friend, takes drugs, lies to authorities, trespasses, and stubbornly refuses all offers of help When Heck takes drugs and we experience him being high I was very tempted to put the book down It was overall an unnecessary moment to experience, IMO.Still Leavitt s writing was engaging and kept me reading The plight of this young man was delicately handled and we watched him grow, reach epiphanies, and step top side The ending, though bittersweet, was handled well.Overall, a good read and thought provoking tale of an anti hero

  4. Savanna Stone says:

    MARTINE LEAVITT CATEGORYHeck Hector s mom leaves because they got kicked out of their apartment for not paying rent Heck s mom thinks that he is staying at his friend s house while she is gone, but he doesn t because he is afraid that he ll have to stay there for too long He decides to spend his time on the streets looking for his mom Heck likes to pretend he is her superhero along the way he finds a friend that will forever change his life This book lets you into the mind of a young teena MARTINE LEAVITT CATEGORYHeck Hector s mom leaves because they got kicked out of their apartment for not paying rent Heck s mom thinks that he is staying at his friend s house while she is gone, but he doesn t because he is afraid that he ll have to stay there for too long He decides to spend his time on the streets looking for his mom Heck likes to pretend he is her superhero along the way he finds a friend that will forever change his life This book lets you into the mind of a young teenager allowing you to understand why they make wrong decisions Leavitt writes in a way that makes the reader want to be a superhero the way Heck is I recommend this book to people of any age who need a push to make a daily choice to do the right thing

  5. Nikki says:

    This was a quirky and charming story to read I love things that are from a perspective of a creative, unique character and Heck certainly fits that description While he may not lead an easy life, it as a charmed one in its own way and he possesses a knack for art and creativity that I wish I had.

  6. Emily Ensign says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here CATEGORY MARTINE LEAVITTThis book is about a young boy in middle school, Heck, who is trying to find and save his mom They have been evicted of their apartment, completely locked out, and all their stuff taken The mom disappears trying to fix the situation, but Heck knows she has gone into hypertime mode, which is when she loses sense of time and purpose and may even wander into death Rather than staying with his friend Spence like he is supposed to, Heck wanders around town for days, sl CATEGORY MARTINE LEAVITTThis book is about a young boy in middle school, Heck, who is trying to find and save his mom They have been evicted of their apartment, completely locked out, and all their stuff taken The mom disappears trying to fix the situation, but Heck knows she has gone into hypertime mode, which is when she loses sense of time and purpose and may even wander into death Rather than staying with his friend Spence like he is supposed to, Heck wanders around town for days, sleeping in cars and stealing food, trying to find and save his mom from herself He tries to fix the situation by doing Good Deads for others, but they always seem to backfire as unwittingly he ends up stealing, trying drugs, and ultimately ends up in jail for a day Another homeless kid, Marion, starts trailing him around who is lost in his own world as alien spores live in his pocket and he has to release them on May 5th so the Cyborgs can take them home Heck tries to help this kid, but Marion ends up jumping from 3 stories and dies Heck is finally reunited with his mom when they both land in the hospital He gives up his superhero role, realizing he can t fix everything, and convinces his mom they need to get help from others.I really did not like this book It is just so awful The kid is trying to do good things the whole time and literally the whole world takes advantage of him or shoves him off, not believing he needs help The adult figures absolutely enfuriated me They are all rude to him, ignore him, and don t try to listen and understand the situation he is in Not one of them offer the support and comfort he desperately needs, evenso because he is terrified to confess he even needs help It just lowered my faith in the people of this world a lot To be honest, I wouldn t ever recommend this to anyone

  7. Madison Hutchings says:

    REQUIRED AUTHOR MARTINE LEAVITTHeck is a kid in eighth grade who has a talent for art, a firm belief that Good Deeds bring positive consequences, and a mom with a tendency for going into hypertime When things get hard, she disappears She loses track of time and struggles to grasp reality, leaving Heck to fend for himself When they are evicted from their apartment, his mom calls to tell him to stay at a friends for a couple of days Instead, Heck ends up wandering the streets, sleeping in a REQUIRED AUTHOR MARTINE LEAVITTHeck is a kid in eighth grade who has a talent for art, a firm belief that Good Deeds bring positive consequences, and a mom with a tendency for going into hypertime When things get hard, she disappears She loses track of time and struggles to grasp reality, leaving Heck to fend for himself When they are evicted from their apartment, his mom calls to tell him to stay at a friends for a couple of days Instead, Heck ends up wandering the streets, sleeping in a car, encountering a boy named Marion who is possibly crazy or possibly living in a different microverse, and experiencing things no kid should have to experience.This book was deep, deeper than I expected I knew from the beginning that it would deal with some hard topics such as poverty and family struggles and a kid trying to deal with those, but as Heck fantasizes about how he can be a superhero and save his mom from herself, he ends up facing much harder situations and much bigger questions than he ever had before His struggles affected me so acutely, and I finished the book startled at the fact that everything I read, though intense and bordering on science fiction at times, had a firm footing in a grim reality Leavitt does a wonderful job of writing in Heck s voice, giving the reader insight into his way of thinking simply by describing the world and experiences as Heck sees them A really powerful story

  8. Courtney says:

    Heck is at a friend s house when his mom calls to say they ve been evicted He knows he should tell someone, but he doesn t want to go to foster care So when his friend s dad drops him off, he pretends to head insidethough truthfully, he has nowhere to go.While this is a novel for teens, the message I gleamed came from an adult reading of the text From a grownup perspective, Heck Superhero filled me an urge to protect the young protagonist At every turn I wanted him to tell his friend, Heck is at a friend s house when his mom calls to say they ve been evicted He knows he should tell someone, but he doesn t want to go to foster care So when his friend s dad drops him off, he pretends to head insidethough truthfully, he has nowhere to go.While this is a novel for teens, the message I gleamed came from an adult reading of the text From a grownup perspective, Heck Superhero filled me an urge to protect the young protagonist At every turn I wanted him to tell his friend, to tell his teacher, to tell the police officer, to tell someone, and to get help There is a perceived need among adults to protect innocence or preserve childhood I understand this desire, but I have never before engaged it with a text My brain says that sex, violence, and even obscenity have their place in teen literature as they reflect a real part of teen experience That said, something about teens being deprived of physical needs being homeless or being hungry put my protective adult on alert I like this book because Leavitt presents interesting ideas about what teens can do alone She doesn t imply that teens will never need adult help, but through her plot decisions, she suggests that adults should wait until they ask for it This is a very grown up approach to teens, and it empowers them While we rush to shelter the young, we don t help adults without their request In the novel, Heck is often vulnerable and occasionally helpless in one scene he walks the streets in a drug stupor , but he resists asking for help He believes he can change his own circumstances Heck trusts the Theory of Everything, the idea that for every Good Deed he is able to perform, something wrong in the real world is righted This imagined power for good lends brevity to an otherwise sad fiction and gives Heck agency to change his situation Though Heck does seek help at the end, he reaches for it on his own terms In this way, I felt like Leavitt told my adult instincts to back off One goal of YA fiction is to help young adults develop and grow, but perhaps they can t do this if adults leave them no room to maneuver I still feel uncomfortable about Heck s days on the streets, but I appreciate Leavitt s exploration of teen self reliance.Overall, Leavitt s book is an interesting character study on how to rescue ourselves from impossible situations The dialogue feels contemporary and relevant to teens To her credit, Heck doesn t sound like Martine Leavitt he sounds like a young man Still, a few aspects of Heck Superhero wrap up too tidily There is only superficial discussion of mental illness emphasized in the character of Heck s friend Marion After Marion s suicide, which is described in horrifying detail, he is quickly wiped out of the picture The lack of adequate discussion about what Marion s death means makes me question Leavitt s idea of teen self reliance Are young adults empowered to rescue themselves, but never anyone else

  9. Marielle says:

    Honestly, I went into this book not expecting much it s for a school project, so that automatically means it s not going to be any good, right WRONG I know, I m in college and should know by now that all books for school aren t bad, but the stigma still seems to wriggle itself into my brain Maybe one of these days I ll grow out of itAnyway, I LOVED THIS BOOK But it made me want to be really good at art, but I m not, so that kind of sucks, but the way that this book describes art is almos Honestly, I went into this book not expecting much it s for a school project, so that automatically means it s not going to be any good, right WRONG I know, I m in college and should know by now that all books for school aren t bad, but the stigma still seems to wriggle itself into my brain Maybe one of these days I ll grow out of itAnyway, I LOVED THIS BOOK But it made me want to be really good at art, but I m not, so that kind of sucks, but the way that this book describes art is almost magical and I could clearly envision everything that Heck drew As for Heck as a character, at first I thought that he was a little weird, but I grew to love him extremely quickly Another thing that I did not expect was that it would touch me so deeply I almost cried at one especially tear inducing moment, but I was laying outside in the quad and didn t want people to think I was a crazy weirdo or something view spoiler When Marion jumped and killed himself, of course the song I was listening to just happened to be Don t Jump, which just made it all that much worse hide spoiler However depressing it was, I also found it really funny, in a quirky kind of way I snorted once or twice, at least it was waythan that actually and it made Heck evenlikable I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  10. Brittany says:

    How I Came To Read This Book My prof selected it for a fiction for children class.The Plot Thirteen year old Heck is in a heck of a lot of trouble His mom has gone missing after getting them evicted from their apartment He doesn t want to upset his friends parents where he s crashing by telling her this fact because he doesn t want to end up in foster care To try and protect his mom with his inner superhero alter ego , and himself, Heck ends up crashing in car, dealing with excruciati How I Came To Read This Book My prof selected it for a fiction for children class.The Plot Thirteen year old Heck is in a heck of a lot of trouble His mom has gone missing after getting them evicted from their apartment He doesn t want to upset his friends parents where he s crashing by telling her this fact because he doesn t want to end up in foster care To try and protect his mom with his inner superhero alter ego , and himself, Heck ends up crashing in car, dealing with excruciating teeth pain, and struggling to reconcile himself to being homeless and parentless.The Good The Bad This book plays out like an episode of Degrassi You definitely feel bad for Heck, and supremely annoyed with his mom, and to a degree with Heck himself for trying to be a hero when he should really just be a kid Ultimately I remember thinking things ended a bit too rosily for all parties involved, although relatively speaking I thought this was a good book A bit simplistic, but it s fiction for children The Bottom Line A nice after school special type of story A bit grim, but may make young uns begrateful.Anything Memorable Nope.50 Book Challenge N A

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