A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich

by Alice Childress

Benjie can stop using heroin anytime he wantsto.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.67 out of 5
  • Published February 1st 2000 by Puffin Books
  • Original Title: A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich
  • ISBN: 0698118545 (ISBN13: 9780698118546)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1975)
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award Nominee (1974)
  • Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor (1974)
  • National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books (1974)

Benjie can stop using heroin anytime he wants to. He just doesn’t want to yet. Why would he want to give up something that makes him feel so good, so relaxed, so tuned-out? As Benjie sees it, there’s nothing much to tune in for. School is a waste of time, and home life isn’t much better. All Benjie wants is for someone to believe in him, for someone to believe that he’s more than a thirteen-year-old junkie. Told from the perspectives of the people in his life-including his mother, stepfather, teachers, drug dealer, and best friend-this powerful story will draw you into Benjie’s troubled world and force you to confront the uncertainty of his future.