Tammy Brown Elkeles (Author), Action Adventure Child Hero (Foreword)
Sam’s a scared little boy who has the opportunity to become a hero.
One day, Sam and Tom pass near a tall white fence. Tom jumps over the fence, but Sam hesitates. He stays speechless by the fence; his heart beats really fast and his tiny little hands are sweaty. He says he doesn’t want to jump. “Chicken!” yells Tom.
On their way home, Sam asks his mother if he’s good at something. His mother tells him he knows how to make big chewing gum balloons. “That doesn’t count!” Sam says. He wants to be good at hard activities such as flying a plane.