Synopses & Reviews
"Talk about ingenious, proactive young authors! Who and what and how and why Robert and William Hatch got these interviews and produced this book make them heroes 'in my book.' Each visit was fascinating, enlightening and often humorous. Robert and William's style is so readable, they were obviously influenced by these remarkable people, as will any reader be."
--Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
Brothers Robert and William Hatch interviewed the most famous, accomplished people in a variety of fields--sports, music, politics, the arts--and what they learned will surprise you, inspire you, and give you plenty to think about. These exclusive one-on-one interviews reveal the kind of stuff you really want to know.
You'll learn how five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong motivates himself to be the very best--even in the worst of times. You'll discover the secret of breaking through self-imposed limitations from former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and how award-winning author Orson Scott Card comes up with his ideas.
Most of all, you'll learn how your favorite heroes made their dreams come true--and how someone like you has the makings of a hero, too.
Includes new and original interviews with:
- Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and peace activist
- Dolores Huerta, Mexican-American labor leader
- Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic gold medalist
- And many more!
"Eight years ago, when they were ages 11 and 14, brothers Robert and William Hatch embarked on this ambitious project: to interview their heroes and write a book about 'how they have made America a better place.' The 13 men and women interviewed here are not the usual boyhood heroes: along with athlete Lance Armstrong and movie star Jackie Chan, there is novelist Madelene l'Engle, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Blackfeet Indian activist Louise Pepion Cobell. The boys are inquisitive and sometimes probing, even urgent with a child's concerns; Will presses l'Engle, for instance, to explain how, after an unhappy childhood, she could forgive and become close to her parents. The conversations range widely: Pete Seeger talks about the civil rights movement and having rocks thrown at him during a concert with Paul Robeson; Florence Griffith-Joyner speaks about her belief in God; cellist Yo-Yo Ma discusses raising his own children differently than his traditional Chinese parents raised him. The subjects speak clearly and simply, very aware that they are addressing a young person, and young adults seeking inspiration and new ways to think about difficult questions will probably be the best audience for this precocious book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For the first time, living legends andpopular heroes tell teens how theysurvived their adolescence
When they were 11 and 14, respectively, brothers Robert and William Hatch embarked on anambitious project: to discover how many of their heroes dealt with the challenges of earlyadolescence. The result is The Hero Project, a fascinating collection of interviews with some of themost prominent names in sports, science, politics, entertainment, the arts, and religion.
From dealing with bullies to overcoming health problems, feeling lonely and different to growing upin a broken home, what they thought of the world around them to their own heroes and role models,these luminaries share their candid recollections of life as a teen and offer young readers adviceon how to grow up to be heroes themselves. In addition to the interviews, each chapter contains abrief biography of the selected interviewee, along with the fascinating back story of how the brothersmade contact with the hero in question.
Heroes of The Hero Project:
Pete Seeger, Madeleine LEngle, Florence Griffith Joyner,Jimmy Carter,Orson Scott Card,Yo Yo Ma, Elouise Cobell,Carroll Spinney, Desmond Tutu, Lance Armstrong andLinda Kelly Armstrong, Steven Wozniak, Dolores Huerta,and Jackie Chan
About the Author
Robert and William Hatch are brothers who, between the ages of eleven and fourteen, conducted the interviews for this book. Robert, now sixteen, is an Eagle Scout and school debater. William, now twenty-two, studies English at the University of Montana.