State Kid: Hero of Literacy [NOOK Book]

Overview

Billy Stone runs away from his umpteenth foster home and finds himself, at 15, on the street, on the run, and entirely alone in the world. On false charges by his latest foster parents, he gets put in the toughest juvenile prison in Massachusetts. It's where unwanted, troubled kids are on direct track to adult prison and short, failed lives. But guess what? Billy Stone has other ideas. In juvenile prison, he becomes supreme gang leader of a kind that no one has ever seen. Instead of force and intimidation, he ...
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State Kid: Hero of Literacy

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Overview

Billy Stone runs away from his umpteenth foster home and finds himself, at 15, on the street, on the run, and entirely alone in the world. On false charges by his latest foster parents, he gets put in the toughest juvenile prison in Massachusetts. It's where unwanted, troubled kids are on direct track to adult prison and short, failed lives. But guess what? Billy Stone has other ideas. In juvenile prison, he becomes supreme gang leader of a kind that no one has ever seen. Instead of force and intimidation, he gains power through a potent mix of courage, social intelligence, raw survival instincts, and literacy. Yes, you read right: literacy. With the written word, Billy Stone shakes up powerful adults, gets out of prison -- and it is all up from there.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012924889
  • Publisher: State Kid Publications
  • Publication date: 5/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

George Pollock. He spent his childhood in foster care, as did his four younger siblings. All five grew up in separate foster homes without one known relative. All, entirely on their own, found their way to successful lives. Four of the five earned advanced degrees (though one succeeded without an advanced degree). Today they have each other and are surrounded by family. Except for three years teaching in Africa, George Pollock has always earned a living with words: as a writer and editor with a major educational publishing company; as a senior editor with the Harvard Social Studies Project creating materials for social studies classrooms; as an advertising copywriter producing "copy that sells;" as a freelance journalist. State Kid: Hero of Literacy is fiction. George Pollock never went to juvenile prison as our hero, Billy Stone, did. But as an abandoned and unwanted foster child, he felt all those same searing emotions. And, like Billy Stone, literacy saved his life. This book is dedicated to the author's younger brothers and sisters: Marion, Ruby, Vic, and Reggie. They know what it's like to be a state kid; alone in the world, unloved, and always wondering why. Having lived it, they know how Billy Stone feels. They know why, with no one in the world who cares, he alone must do what must be done -- or die.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Having been in an orphanage, a juvenile detention center, state

    Having been in an orphanage, a juvenile detention center, state psychiatric hospital, and juvenile reformatory, I know what it's like to feel abandoned and persecuted. I described these personal experiences and their emotional impact in "Saving the Schizo Kid" and "The Other Side of Delinquency". The pain is a corrosive, steady dripping of battery acid on one’s soul. Through the eyes of Billy Stone, the hero of State Kid, we readers learn about the child welfare system’s lack of sensitivity and understanding. We see its cruelty. We feel just what it's like to grow up in the care of strangers. Abandoned by a cruel and morbidly selfish mother to a dysfunctional and self-serving foster care system, Billy is moved about from one uncaring foster family to another until, at the tender age of 15, he is falsely accused of a sexual crime. He literally runs for his life and ends up in juvenile prison. But Billy Stone refuses to be a victim. He uses his ability to put his case in writing before the powers-that-be both inside and outside the prison. With writing, he fights for himself and the rights of the other young inmates -- and wins. Perhaps because of my own experiences in the child welfare system, I identify with Billy Stone and celebrate his victory. Billy Stone (or should I say George Pollock) truly is a hero of literacy!

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