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Hero by Mark Lupica by expandedbooks
Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Zach. What Zach never knew was that his father was no ordinary man„he was a superhero, battling the worldÍs evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries.
And now it's Zach's turn to take on the fight. It's Zach's turn to become a hero.

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Create your own SUPER HERO! (click on image of Library Girl-link does not always work)
Create your own superhero with Marvel's Superhero Avatar Creator! Name your superhero, mix and match costumes of all your favorite Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Wolverine, customize face, hair, and other features.

How I Became a Super Hero activity

Think about the world we live in. It's pretty great most of the time but there is a bit of trouble now and again. Think of a real problem in the world, or in your school.
Ex: kids who damage library books. (gggrrrrrrr!) How could I develop myself into a superhero that could prevent book killers from doing their evil book damaging deeds?
Take a large piece of paper and fold it into 8 sections. Label each section with the titles listed below: The Why, The What, The How, etc. In each section, write in a description of your super hero. When finished, turn the paper over and draw out your own personal Super Hero. Have fun!

The WHY?
#1-Decide why I need to become a superhero (people who damage library books with dirty hands, or eat with books, get books wet, etc)

The What
#2-Brainstorm about a power or special quality that would help you defeat such evil.(Super Vision Eyes that can hone in on kids at home damaging library books)

The How
#3-How did you gain your super powers/quality? Was it an accident or did someone bestow a gift on you? Be unique and original.

The Flaw
#4 All great characters have a flaw because we are real humans with real flaws and that is part of what makes each person unique and special.

The Look
#5-Decide your physical traits.Will you be tall, short, long hair, curly hair, freckles,etc.

The Who
#6-Figure out your personality traits? Are you patient or quick tempered? Do you cheerfully whistle while you work or do you find life to be serious and needing deep thoughts? Do you prefer butterflies and flowers to dirt bikes and fossils? What makes you tick?

The Costume
#7-Design your super-hero outfit complete with all the essentials to overcome evil. A handy clip on belt with super hero tools is a must!

The Name
#8-OK, now that you have your Super Hero figured out, give yourself a really cool super hero name. It probably should be a reflection of what you can do. Ex: Spiderman can spin awesome webs that help him to move throughout the city.

Design Your Own Super Hero Mask
(use same idea to design a Super Hero cape)

Supplies: Can be anything but here is what I use
Butcher Paper for cape
Felt for mask-black, red, yellow, green, blue, (bright colors work best)
Shoe strings or ribbon to tie mask on
additional felt or foam stickers to attach to mask.
Sequins or glitter
Tacky Glue

How to make your Super Hero Mask:
1. Download this mask template and cut out.

2. Cut out any additional felt shapes that will help your mask define your Hero personality.

3. Lay out your design BEFORE you glue. When you are satisfied with your design, attach pieces with glue.

4. Let dry.

5. Cut two holes about temple height on your mask but not too close to the edge or it will tear.

6. Tie a shoe string, or ribbon through the holes on each side. Viola! You are now a well bedecked Super Hero!


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