Heroes of the Valley - Jonathan Stroud

Although a son of one of the Twelve Houses of the Valley, Halli is short, ugly and unlikely to be one of the Heroes Of The Valley (Hyperion, $17.99), by Jonathan Stroud. Longing for adventure, the restless Halli angers one too many lords, and is forced to embark upon a quest that he both fears and desires. As he learns to distinguish between truth and legend, and as he constantly revises his definition of “heroism ,” the very nature of his quest changes. Halli discovers that not all the legends of heroes are true, and that while a sword can make a legend, it is the heart that makes a hero. Ages 10-14.