There are actually a lot of things that are different about Thom. For one thing, hes got superpowers of his own (to start off with, he can heal people by touching them). For another, hes gay.
His powers are accidentally discovered by the League (the very same League of Superheroes that disowned his dad Hal) and they invite him to come for a tryout. He connects up with a group of misfit aspiring heroes. Theres Scarlett, who controls fire but has anger (and other) issues. Then Typhoid Larry, who makes anyone he touches sick, and Ruth, a much older lady who can see the future. Their team leader is the demoted Golden Boy.
Thoms life is complicated; hes trying to keep his new superhero training a secret from his dad, his mother has (sort of) come back into his life, hes not sure if his new teammates are with him or against him, and something bad is going on within the League. Superheroes are dying.
Everything in Thoms life explodes at once. Not only does his dad find out whats going on, but everyone (and I do mean everyone) finds out he is gay. Things are going from bad to worse.
Thom has to discover what kind of hero he really is and whether or not some of the heroes he has always looked up to are all theyre cracked up to be. He also discovers a lot about his familys past and just what kind of sacrifices his father has made.
While Thoms being gay is part of the story and certainly complicates his life, it isnt the main focus. The larger themes are love, loss, and most definitely redemption, not to mention trust. Recommended for readers aged 13 and up, and anyone interested in superheroes. Because Thom is a superhero willing to do whatever it takes to make things right, no matter how hard it is to do.
Hero is one of the books featured in the GLBT 2007 giveaway.