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Life is bleak for 12-year-old Joshua Miller. He's failing in school, his teachers pick on him, his classmates laugh at him, a relentless bully terrorizes him, his best friend has moved away, and he's hopelessly in love with the prettiest girl in his school.
At home, his harsh and distant father has all but disinherited him, he worries his mother to tears, and he squabbles senselessly with his pretty, talented sister Anica, who seems to be everything he is not. Then adolescence comes along and really complicates things.
A torrent of long-denied feelings for a sister who once adored him compel Joshua to repair the damage he's done to their relationship. His longtime babysitter helps him to understand things his mother doesn't know how to tell him and his father doesn't want him to know. Then, in a murky funeral home far away from home, he meets a distant cousin who changes his life in ways he could never have imagined.
As Joshua starts to turn his life around, his father's tortured past catches up with him, and life at home begins to unravel. Joshua is faced with a decision that could imperil his very life.
He will risk everything to protect his sister, and in the process, he learns the power of love and the meaning of courage.
A Boy's Hard Earned Victory
This book is a sensitive coming of age story told honestly and even brutally when needed. It moves at its own pace along a path that could twist in a dozen ways, and keeps your attention. You come to care about the boy, Joshua, growing up with so many challenges, and seeing him find his way is satisfying. His story, and the stories of his family are unfolded carefully and reveal things both tender and shocking, but always honest. This story will stay with you long past the last page. You will want to know how the rest of Joshua's life will unfold. – Linda Anderson on Amazon.com