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The Labors of Hercules Beal

Gary D. Schmidt’s middle grade novel offers multitudes of hope, kindness and unforgettable adventures as it introduces young readers to classical mythology.

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Review of ‘The Labors of Hercules Beal’

“It’s a tough world, Beal.” That’s the advice that seventh grader Hercules Beal receives from his new homeroom teacher, retired U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Hupfer. The world’s been especially tough on Hercules, whose parents were killed when a pickup truck slammed into their vehicle. Understandably, he’s not happy about much, including the fact that he…

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