Heroic Teacher Press

-What Others Are Saying



Leave No Child Behind rips along with the page-turning pace of a terrific thriller, and it serves a larger purpose as well: to highlight the contributions of the unsung real-world heroes who work in America’s classrooms every day. My own career as a writer became possible because of a few great teachers, some of whom remain my close friends. It’s great to see them honored in this way.”


–Tom Young, author of The Mullah’s Storm, Silent Enemy, The Renegades, and The Warriors.


“Frank and gritty…a story ripped from the headlines.”

–Amelia Robinson, Dayton Daily News

“…Quite a hero in Dee Dee Sterber…a very inspirational character for her grit and courage and determination and her care for the kids…”

–Mark Perzel, WVXU/NPR Cincinnati, “Cincinnati Edition” Or hear the entire interview (12 minutes) from this link:

WVXU interview audio

“…The scenes in the cafeteria, I flashed on Columbine…(The novel) makes a very powerful statement…”

Vick Mickunas, The Book Nook, WYSO, NPR Dayton

“It’s a really great book…I like this book. It’s a little scary..”

Mike McMurray, “The City Show” Lebanon Cable

“…a fast-paced thriller that weaves the economy, international terrorism and homegrown heroism into a telling tale”

Sofia Burgess, Wilmington News-Journal

“311 pages of enlightening words…that capture the attention and imagination of the reader…unexpected twists and turns.”Liz Studabaker, Xenia Daily Gazette“

“[Overbeck] turns Americans’ concern with terrorists into a thrilling novel.”

–Sheila Gray, “Fox 19 Morning Show” WXIX, Channel 19

Another article on Dr. Overbeck and the novel:http://www.xeniagazette.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=167480&SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&S=1
“Dee Dee Sterber wanted to make a difference, but she had no idea it’d be like this.  ‘Leave No Child Behind’ follows Dee Dee, a teacher who returns to her small town to help the education of her young students.  But terror looms in this remote town, and Dee Dee finds it on her shoulders when a collection of terrorists begin to move to take a high school hostage to free a terrorist currently held by the U S Government.  Dee Dee and her partner, Jerod, seems to be the school’s only hope.  ‘Leave No Child Behind’ is a strong pick for thrilling fiction, highly recommended.”

–The Midwest Book Review

“Dr. Overbeck’s clear depiction of the harrowing circumstances in this realistic saga of terror in the classroom showcases the devotion and heroism of teachers. Drawing on his lifetime of leadership and advocacy, he creates an explosive metaphor that leads the reader through a crisis all too real and probable.”

“An action-packed thriller…with a plot that moves swiftly and characters that are multifaceted and exquisitely developed. As I look in my crystal ball, I think I see a movie contract in this Overbeck’s future.”

— Readers’ Favorite

Read the entire review on Amazon — http://www.amazon.com/Leave-No-Child-Behind-Overbeck/dp/0984219404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271471621&sr=8-1J. Weaver, Books-and-Authors.net

“A page turning suspense thriller that will leave you wanting more! Action-packed with a pace that’s absolutely perfect. A must read!”


Read the entire review on Amazon — http://www.amazon.com/Leave-No-Child-Behind-Overbeck/dp/0984219404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271471621&sr=8-1

Novel inspires “Heroic Teacher of the Year” contest


INTERVIEW WITH CEO ON NPR about the Heroic Teacher Contest, 3/11/12


June Berkley, educator and author of Shannaganey Blue

“Just finished this intriguing book and could hardly put it down.  I don’t generally read much fiction but this one was good in my estimation, and a thriller.”

–Neil Hazel, Northmont, OH

“I started reading Friday evening and read until I finished it Saturday–couldn’t put it down.  It had all the pieces.  I can’t wait to see the movie.  A really good critic needs to read your book–that’s all it will take.”

–Linda Radke., Cincinnati, OH

“This is a great read. The setting of suburban Ohio with modern and present day concerns gives it a fresh appeal. The story of an everyday teacher becoming heroic in the face of danger has the story flowing from beginning to end.”

–Kim Smith, Sunnyvale, CA

“I don’t usually read books from this genre but since I am a teacher, it caught my eye. Not only is it a page turner but it feels authentic – like being right there inside that school with those teachers and students. Well written – looking forward to Dr. Overbeck’s next book.”

–Ellen Donisi, Dayton, OH

“This story will keep you on the edge of your seat until you have read the last word. I never lost interest and could not put the book down. In case you are wondering, this book has nothing to do with “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.”

–Laura Sheets, Dayton, OH

“I was very surprised by how good this book was, especially since it was by a new author. It was a very engaging read. I hope that Dr. Overbeck will continue writing, and I look forward to reading his next book.”

–Cindy Stanley, Xenia, OH

“Just finished the novel–fabulous job!  Riveting and spellbinding at the same time”

–Rob Heidt, Jr., MD. Cincinnati, OH

“I just finished the book this past weekend – nursing a head cold. My compliments! A real nail-biter.”

Dr. Stephen Jones, President of Urbana University, Urbana, OH

” I have to tell you that I REALLY enjoyed reading it and liked the storyline.  If you write another book I would like to know because I would be interested in reading that one too.”

Ken McLaughlin, San Jose, CA

“I just finished Leave No Child Behind.  Two days to read. Wow. I am first year retired teacher from midlde , rural Ohio. It could be our school. ”

Linda Fullerton, Northern Ohio

I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your book, especially since I tend to be a very harsh critic. Your book, though, was a well thought-through story line, had really good character exposition, and was possessed of wonderful use of descriptive language and detailed observation.  When I have the “I didn’t see that coming” experiences- which I had several times I am impressed.  Great job and a really enjoyable read!”

–Scott Spears, Dayton, OH

“I got your book when you spoke to Sertoma in Dayton recently.  I just finished, it was excellent.  I give you an A ++.”

–Don Pabst, Dayton OH

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