I am so excited to share that Nancy Spielberg, producer of Above and Beyond, the acclaimed documentary about the Israeli Air Force, has written a special foreword that will be included in upcoming editions of The Six-Day Hero.
Here is a sneak peak of what she wrote:
What I loved about The Six-Day Hero, and why I think it is so important for today’s kids to read, is that it captures the essence of what it means to be a hero. By focusing on the personal story of a family, the family’s neighbors, and their surroundings, this book makes the human cost of war relatable and real, and shows us how we can all be heroes. Even though we may not realize it, we are all capable of doing something heroic, something that helps another in need.
The story’s protagonist is 12-year-old Motti, who idolizes his older brother, a soldier in the Israeli army. Motti dreams of one day being a hero just like his brother, but as tensions rise and the war draws near, Motti realizes that not all heroes wear uniforms. Through Motti’s eyes, Tammar Stein poignantly captures not only the national anxiety leading up to the war and the tenuous future of the State of Israel, but also the personal fears of a young boy and his family, bringing the raw emotion right to the reader’s heart. She also makes Israel’s unlikely victory relevant for readers today, and gives us the sense that the path toward heroism exists in each and every one of us. I applaud Tammar Stein on accomplishing so much in this fast-paced, middle-grade novel.
New York, 2017