The third book in Draper’s Jericho trilogy, Just Another Hero didn’t quite grab me nearly as much as The Battle of Jericho, and November Blues. The back of the book immediately tells you that there is going to be an incident involving a gun in the story and for the better part of the book I was waiting for that. On one hand that was good as it built some sense of suspense. I kept wanting to turn the page to find the action. However, after the incident occurs I wish Draper had spent more time examining the aftermath. How did everyone change due to the experience? It wasn’t a bad book at all, but I just thought it could have gone a little further. I’d definitely include this in my classroom with the rest of the trilogy but I would not teach it as a whole class novel.
As with most of Draper’s books this will appeal to girls and guys alike, urban students, and those in likely 7th grade and up.
The Lowdown (Via Scholastic)
Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8
Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz , Accelerated Reader Quiz