A coming-of-age true story presents the life of a boy traumatized by failure in school, living with dysfunctional relatives and divorcing parents. Miss Williams, a fifth grade teacher, empowers him with self-confidence he uses to succeed in life. Her last words to him were, “Someday you’ll thank me.” His adventures are filled with unexpected events that come together with startling life-changing consequences such as the young girl selling balloons at the zoo who changes his life forever.
Targeted Age Group:
10 to 20 years of age
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
A memoir written primarily to encourage YA to employ extraordinary means to obtain an education contains events encountered by the author that will surely entertain readers of all ages.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Use the adage, “Write what you know” to good advantage in one’s work as a writer. Give special attention to the development of characters and the presentation of accurate details when writing non-fiction.
Charles Frankhauser was raised around professional musicians during the Big Band sound of the jazz-swing era. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, served for more than 4 years on continuous sea duty after graduation, and shares some exciting adventures that for him were learning experiences in this memoir.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
News reports dealing with attempts to focus young adults on the importance of education prompted the writing of this memoir.
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