Parents' Guide to

The Labors of Hercules Beal

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heroic, action-packed tale has violence, death of parents.

The Labors of Hercules Beal book: cover shows a silhouette of a boy, dog, and cat facing a dimly lit sky with star constellations outlined

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Gary D. Schmidt does it again, girding a young hero with lots of character in this modern-day exploration of a Greek hero's myth. Layers of self-awareness swirl around the action in The Labors of Hercules Beal. The main character is aware he's being faced with namesake Herculean tasks, and the author -- in a godlike stroke -- calls in storms that suck Cape Cod cottages into the sea. The reader, a final layer, becomes inspired to face fears, to work harder, to be heroic in small and large tasks.

Humor provides punch when Hercules's world feels darkest. Pitch-perfect and exciting, fans of Schmidt's work will not be disappointed.

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