True Heroes
Jonathan Diaz

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Narrated By: various narrators, Andrew Eiden, Caitlin Davies, Cassandra Campbell, Derek Perkins, Elijah Alexander, Emily Woo Zeller, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter, R. C. Bray, Saskia Maarleveld

Duration: 5 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

An encouraging collection of short stories by bestselling middle-grade authors.

This one-of-a-kind treasury brings together the talents of nearly two dozen bestselling middle-grade authors including Shannon Hale, Brandon Mull, Ally Condie, and Jennifer A. Nielsen—who have created original short stories and modern-day fairy tales, based on the lives and dreams of children they have met who all have two things in common: they have very big hopes and dreams, and they are all cancer patients.


Children’s / Teenage fiction: Short stories, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy

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“The…heroic adventures and profiles of the children who inspired them add up to a project that’s inspiring and moving on multiple levels.”

Publishers Weekly

“For a child with cancer, feeling like a hero can be a healing prospect. Through the Anything Can Be Project, children with cancer are given individual stories that reflect their dreams for heroic adventure—with each story being written, on order, by a bestselling author. Here, twenty-one of those stories are given narrations as diverse as the narrators who deliver them. Each narrator provides a delivery crafted to enhance the featured hero’s exploits: A mermaid accepts legs to bring her friends to safety, a youngster musters the courage to rescue her stuffed animal friends from a railroad track, and a would-be debutante fortuitously finds a note to a pirate crew. Listeners are also urged to take a look at the print book, which contains powerful photographs of real-life kids in the costumes of their heroes.”


“An inspiring anthology of well-told short stories.”

School Library Journal

“The heroes of these tales are almost two dozen kids who are bravely battling cancer.”


“There’s quality here…the worthy purpose shines through.”