A Song of Healing
The story of a neglected and physically abused junior high school student named Robert who finds healing through his grandmother and new levels of acceptance and learning through a teacher of dynamic qualities. Robert expresses and understands the world around him through art, eventually helping bring closure to his troubled past. This story is for parents, teachers, administrators, and students alike - anyone who values education and the impact it can hold. The lessons in the book are based upon real-life observations of a multi-award winning teacher, as well as the author's own experiences within public and charter schools. The novel stresses the importance of human connections through art, as well as all experiences that bond us together as human beings. The story presents the kind of education needed in today's technological and sometimes isolating world. The main character in the story is an amalgam of students present in every classroom, struggling with many concerns the educational world must address.
Where do you turn when your family life is filled with chaos - when the people who should love you most are the people who understand you least? This is life for eleven-year-old Tim, who, along with his sister, Stacy, have found a respite from their tumultuous home life in an unexpected way. Tim struggles to find the inner strength to be the person he is, until tragedy strikes and changes his life, and his family, forever.
Children often times are very devastated by the deaths of loved ones, beyond what adults may see. Hidden Stars portrays those varied emotional strains while providing perspective through the main character of Tim Griffin, a young boy who loses a mentoring grandfather while struggling with the illness of a mom who has Multiple Sclerosis and a sister who has Cerebral Palsy. Hidden Stars exposes the complexity of these issues, while at the same time, demonstrating in simple terms the strong emotional bonds that can make a family even stronger. Sometimes our strengths can be our very weaknesses, but Hidden Stars strives to depict that those lessons about ourselves can impact not only our lives for the better, but those around us as well.
Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique.