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Hero Maker by Tom Starace is a Celebrate Audiobook Month pick #teenlit #yalit #superhero #youngadult #audiobooks #giveaway

Title: Hero Maker


Author: Tom Starace


Voice Actor/Narrator: Nick Abeel


Genre: Young Adult Fiction


Book Blurb:


ADAM is 16 years old and lives on an apple farm. He has a big family, lots of

friends, and is normal in every way. Except one.


JIMMY is 15 and new in town. He lives with his father, has no friends, and no

memory of the tragedy that killed his mother.


KIP is a 7-year-old boy who lives in secret with his brother. Nobody knows he’s there. But now his brother has disappeared.


VALERIE is a shy girl who is used to being mocked and bullied by the mean girls. And now they have played the meanest trick yet.


Jimmy, Kip, and Valerie have one thing in common—they meet Adam, and their lives are changed forever.


Adam’s dreams haunt him nightly, sometimes leaving him exhausted and confused. With the help of a family friend Adam learns what he thought were dreams are actual experiences, and that the people in them are real. It turns out he has a special power which enables him to help others who are in some sort of danger. He jumps into their bodies and becomes them, feeling their fear and their pain. He helps them perform the brave acts that they thought they couldn’t do. The people Adam helps don’t know that he has helped them. All they know is that they have done something brave. They feel like heroes.


HERO MAKER is a tale of fathers and sons, of family and friends, of bravery and decency, and apple pie.


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Do you listen to audiobooks?


I listen to them all the time. They are great in the car, or when you’re washing dishes and doing chores. Do you have a favorite? I recently started listening to Agatha Christie mysteries. The British narrators are so good! One disadvantage of audiobooks is that if I listen in bed, I fall asleep and wake up to find that I’ve slept through five chapters!


What makes this a must-listen audiobook?


“Tom Starace's Hero Maker is great debut YA novel, complete with rich characters and nail-biting moments. A teenage boy, Adam learns to navigate his unique power with the help and support of his family and friends. A reminder that everyone has the ability to be a hero at anytime.” – Amazon Reviewer


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card.



Open internationally.


Runs June 1 – 30, 2024


Drawing will be held on July 2, 2024. 


Author Biography:


TOM STARACE is a writer, an artist, an actor, and a musician. In a career that has spanned five decades, he’s worked for most major publishing companies as a designer or art director. He illustrated six children’s books. He lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley, not too far from Adam. This is his first novel.


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Jun 21

I only occasionally listen to audiobooks so I don’t have a fave yet!


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Jun 19

Thank you, Tom, for sharing your audiobook in our Celebrate Audiobook Month event!

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