The Book Boys Have a New Hero!
by Traci Swain
“Always remember: You’re a hero! Just be you!” —Elliott
After reading Loser by Jerry Spinelli, Allister, Elliott, and Max come to realize that they consider Donald Zinkoff—a kid who struggles socially, athletically, and academically but has so much heart—one of their heroes. Watch their video with your class to open a conversation about what qualities make a person a hero, such as:
• Kindness: Elliott admires the way Zinkoff treats others—even those who are mean to him. For example, When Zinkoff’s team wins in soccer, he offers his trophy to his neighbor, Andrew, who played on the losing team.
• Bravery: Max is inspired by the way that Zinkoff is never afraid to put himself out there, whether he’s participating in class or searching for his missing friend, Claudia.
• Unique: Allister loves that Zinkoff is always unabashedly himself. He says, “It’s easy to be who other people want us to be, but it’s more heroic to be yourself!”
So what do your students think makes a person a hero? Do they think Zinkoff is a hero like the Book Boys do? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share their answers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
The Book Boys work in different departments at Scholastic Book Clubs. They formed a group to share a wide range of books and introduce students to the world of reading. Each week, the Book Boys select a book to feature. They make stories come alive by creating fun, educational, and engaging videos for teachers and families to use in the classroom or at home. The Book Boys, like everyone at Scholastic Book Clubs, want all kids to love to read and be proud to declare: “I am a reader!”