There was once a boy who was said to be good for nothing. No matter how hard he tried, it seemed as though he was certainly good for nothing at all. To add to this sad plight, the bullies teased him even more for two things: first, that he had no name; and second, that he had no father. Not that he still had a mother, for she has vanished a long time ago. But at least, it can be said, that he had some memories of her.
One day, this little boy takes off in an adventure of a lifetime that would help him discover the truth about himself and the world around him. Together with his firefly friend, they would travel into magical places, meet extraordinary creatures and learn priceless lessons along the way. Will he be able to discover his name? Will he finally realize his true worth?
Targeted Age Group:: 7-12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
"The Good For Nothing Boy" is a story about searching for one's worth and one's purpose. I remember the times I felt like the boy in the story, not knowing what I'm really good at and not knowing my mission in life. Even though I have certain skills and talents, I often felt as though I'm not good enough. In today's world where competition is commended and where we need to stand out from the rest every day, how do we prove our worth?
I hope that this book somehow helps you realize just how much you are worth. I hope it reveals to you your dignity as a person no matter your situation, and no matter the sufferings and challenges you're going through.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
It's hard to remember how each of the book's characters came to life. As regards the main character, however, I was able to imagine a little boy who is full of innocence and who wanted to know the truth about himself and the world around him. As regards his firefly friend, I guess I've always been fond of fireflies. The first time I saw one was a very special time for me. Fireflies remind me of magic and wonder.
At this point, you may be wondering why the boy isn’t even amazed at a talking firefly. For the sake of clarity, let it be known that this boy lives in a world that is quite different from your own. It is in many respects, quite the same also, but it is quite different in many things. In this world, there are fireflies that can talk, there are flowers that can dance, and there are mysteries that cannot be understood by those who refuse to have an open heart.
But to go back to the boy and the firefly, one could have easily observed a bond being made between two unlikely fellows. For some inexplicable reason, the firefly was drawn to the boy without a name, and the boy was drawn to the firefly who just tickled his ear.
“If you have no name, how could you go to school?” asked the firefly.
“After Mother left, I was taken in by some people who take care of boys without mothers or fathers. They were the ones who took me to school. At school, I was allowed to draw a star instead of my name,” the boy replied.
The boy nodded in response.
“Then that explains it!” the firefly exclaimed.
“Explains what?” asked the boy.
“We’re not so different after all,” the firefly said. “You and I, we’re both like stars!”
At this, the boy finally began to smile.
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