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The Right Kind of Heroes

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To tell this story, former St. Louis sports editor Kevin Horrigan spent two seasons in desolate East St. Louis, Ill., with its championship high school football team. The Flyers have achieved their stellar record under the unflagging tutelage of coach Bob Shannon, who struggles to save his young charges from the mean streets around him. It is impossible to read The Right Kind of Heroes without being inspired by Shannon’s dedication. But Horrigan doesn’t weave it into an involving whole. One ends up impressed with the tale, though not the manner of its telling. C+