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Finalist - Children’s Books

A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich
by Alice Childress

Publication Date: Feb 01, 2000
List Price: $7.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780698118546
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Book Description: 
Benjie can stop using heroin anytime he wants to. He just doesn’t want to yet. Why would he want to give up something that makes him feel so good, so relaxed, so tuned-out? As Benjie sees it, there’s nothing much to tune in for. School is a waste of time, and home life isn’t much better. All Benjie wants is for someone to believe in him, for someone to believe that he’s more than a thirteen-year-old junkie. Told from the perspectives of the people in his life-including his mother, stepfather, teachers, drug dealer, and best friend-this powerful story will draw you into Benjie’s troubled world and force you to confront the uncertainty of his future.