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“Bernie, you’re the reason. You’re the reason I came back home…”

– Chapter Twenty-One, A Promise Finally Kept


One of the most relaxing books I’ve read to review lately would be Side Yard Superhero: Life Lessons From an Unlikely Teacher written by DeGraff, Ohio native, Rick Niece, Ph.D..  Rick had promised his wife he’d write down the true  stories he had told her about his past growing up in smalltown DeGraff, Ohio and that promise has been published in Side Yard Superhero.


Rick’s real life “star” in Side Yard Hero is Bernie, a wheel-chair bound young man with cerebral palsy. The setting is mid 1900’s, small-town…Mayberry-like. Rick takes you on his paper route and around town on his adventures with Bernie and Lady. This was a book I took my time reading. It was a refreshing escape into by-gone years.


I accepted to do this review because it was about Ohio and I love the people of Ohio. Its not the kind of book I usually review but I really really enjoyed this book and I know many of you will too! Side Yard Superhero is book one in the series Fanfare for a Hometown about his growing up years in DeGraff.  You can visit Rick’s website:


Note: There is a little language in Side Yard Hero – not alot, but there are some places that use language I don’t approve of. Since I am a Christian I feel the need to disclose that information.

$1 of every edition sold of Side-Yard Superhero goes to United Cerebral Palsy. And, $1 of every edition sold for the long term as well goes to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for The Band Plays on. Find all the books here.


Okay so now for a giveaway!



I get to giveaway to 1 winner- a copy of book #2: The Band Plays On and book #1 on cd: Side-Yard  Superhero! This giveaway is super easy. Just follow the directions below on the Rafflecopter widget. I will randomly draw a winner in about a week!

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of Side Yard Superhero to review. This is not a paid post and opinions are my own.


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