Friday, August 31, 2012

Secrets of a Boy, Lost by William C. Prentiss

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Midwest Book Review says, "Secrets of a Boy, Lost is a strongly recommended choice for those seeking a literary coming of age tale."

The book’s description on Amazon says, “‘Kim’ is not his real name, but this is the first of his important secrets he must keep to himself as he runs away following the sudden death of his parents in an auto accident.  At the age of 15, he naively enters a difficult search on his own for a new identity.  Supported by his strong religious beliefs, he struggles to survive as he encounters many serious crises.  Can he not only survive but achieve his goals and eventually prevail?  This is an authentic, semi-autobiographical coming of age story set in the post WWII era but still highly relevant for the 21st Century.”

Prentiss has survived a long career. He spent ten years as dean of a boys' military school, taught collegiate adolescent psychology and juvenile delinquency for 15 years, and created and managed a highly awarded program for youths referred by a juvenile court. He directed this program, Operation Comeback, for 15 years. In 1988, President Reagan personally chose this program for his Volunteer Service Award presented at the White House. With his wife, Sallie, Prentiss has raised three biological children and hosted seven troubled, adolescent boys in their home for varying periods of time.  Trying to better understand his own adolescent difficulties, he began to research and write Secrets of a Boy, Lost. The main character, Kim, reflects his personality and adolescent experience throughout the book.

Title: Secrets of a Boy, Lost
Author: William C. Prentiss
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 978-1-4685-4027-7 (paperback) 978-1-4685-4026-0 (hardcover)
Retail: $19.95 (paperback) $28.95 (hardcover) $3.99 (Kindle edition)
coming of age, adolescent problems including poor decision-making, friendship, and negative labeling, juvenile justice, anti-Semitism and American Indian discrimination

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