Reluctant Heroes True Five-Minute-Read Adventure Stories for Boys by Kendall Haven

Reluctant Heroes True Five-Minute-Read Adventure Stories for Boys

Written by Kendall Haven
Illustrated by


Reluctant Heroes True Five-Minute-Read Adventure Stories for Boys by Kendall Haven

Few people think of themselves as heroes or feel like heroes. Few believe that they have done anything heroic. Heroic acts always feel like the amazing things that somebody else does. Yet heroes-ordinary heroes, reluctant heroes-are all around us-in your school, in your neighborhood, likely even in your own house. Prolific writer Kendall Haven serves up twenty-five high adventure five-minute-read alouds to tempt the reading interest of boys and girls too. Each story is chosen for its risk and danger quotient to appeal especially to the adventure seekers in your library or classroom. Teachers and librarians will use these stories as sponge activities to fill in those extra minutes when waiting in line or when tasks are finished early. These stories will also be valuable as attention getters in story times, introductions to book talk sessions, and bridges to spark further reading. Suggestions for further readings are included.


Haven's collection of twenty-five short stories, each of which the storyteller/author promises is a five-minute read, purports to address the broad theme of heroism. - VOYA Accessible reads for those moments when a short, action-packed story is just what the classroom needs. - School Library Journal

About the Author

Kendall Haven is a nationally recognized master storyteller and the author of numerous books, including Marvels of Math, Write Right!, and Close Encounters with Deadly Dangers. A former research scientist, he is based in Fulton, California.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


188 pages


Kendall Haven
More books by Kendall Haven


Libraries Unlimited Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO

Publication date

30th July 2008



Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

Lovereading 4 schools