Book Review: Hero

A thin film of white powder trickled out the holes Mike’s teeth had made. He shook a little into his palm and looked at it. It was as fine as talcum powder. Powdered sugar. Why would anyone send a package of powdered sugar through the mail? He wet a finger, touched it to the powder and tasted it. Then he just stood there, his face twisted out of shape, and shock rolled through him in waves. What he had just tasted was heroin.

When Chris George and his dope sniffing dog Mike botch a case, they get kicked out the the Cost Guard. Lieutenant Ballard is convinced Chris is involved with the mob and messed up on purpose. When Chris takes a new job as night watchman at a warehouse, he isn’t expecting trouble. Not until Mike finds a package of heroin. Chris doesn’t think he’ll be believed if he brings the heroin to the Cost Guard. What will he do when his life is threatened?

This book has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s an intense, high-stakes story, but remains appropriate and clean for younger readers. In my opinion, this is the best of Walt Morey’s books.

Author: Walt Morey
Alternate Title: The Lemon Meringue Dog
Audience: Tween–Young Adult
Genre: Adventure
Pages: 165
Publisher: Puffin Books

Have you read any Walt Morey books? Which one is your favorite?

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3 Comments

  1. Dad

     /  October 14, 2012

    I remember reading this a while ago. Not sure if we did this one as a family but it was a good story!

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  2. Maiden-in-Waiting

     /  October 15, 2012

    I’ve always been a fan of Gentle Ben, but never knew Walt Morey wrote any others.
    I like the alternate title too 🙂 I’ll have to check it out… when I find the time to read ANOTHER book 😉
    But what is heroin? A poisen or something?

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    • He wrote a bunch of other books. Kavik the Wolf Dog, Scrub Dog of Alaska, Year of the Black Pony, and Runaway Stallion come to mind. You should check them out.

      Heroin is an illegal drug.

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