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Brad Meltzer mines US history in bid to show kids authentic trailblazers and real heroism

This book cover image released by Dial Press shows "I am Abraham Lincoln," by Brad Meltzer. Novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer is no stranger to heroes, but his latest work focuses on real-world ones with the goal of teaching young readers how to learn from and maybe emulate the likes of Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln. (AP Photo/Dial Press)
January 13, 2014 - 10:18 PM

PHILADELPHIA - Brad Meltzer is no stranger to heroes, having written about the Justice League and Batman.

His new stories are about historic people like Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln that let young readers learn from authentic trailblazers.

The books, among six planned for Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), are about famous Americans and the challenges they faced.

The first two — "I Am Amelia Earhart" and "I Am Abraham Lincoln" — are out Tuesday.

He says the series, illustrated by artist Chris Eliopoulos, isn't stories about famous adults, but those who did laudable things as children. Earhart builds a roller coaster in a yard; Lincoln stands up to kids putting hot coals atop live turtles.

Kids, Meltzer says, will see they can be heroic, too.

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