Dawn of Hope

Dawn of Hope

by Peter Prichard


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"Excuse me, young lady. We have the ambulance on their way, and they want to know what happened to Drew Winston." "He said he was going to rape me," Dawn replied purposefully to the administrative assistant in the high-school office. "I pushed him away and tripped him, and as he fell, he hit his head on the corner of a water fountain, which was not my intent. He's bleeding from his head and is in convulsions." Within twenty-four hours of beginning her senior year at Fair Shore High School as a new student, Dawn Mortenson had chosen to fight the town's acceptance of the bullying and sexual abuse of young women by confronting Drew Winston, the school's All-American quarterback. Following that confrontation, she received multiple death threats, so her mother had to hire a security firm to protect herself and her daughter. That move did not work, as Dawn was kidnapped soon afterwards and ended up in the hospital. When Dawn had been released from the hospital, she had already gained a national reputation, which attracted more people who wanted her dead. She survived the bombing of a building she was visiting, which prompted FBI involvement. She stunned the agent who interviewed her, when in answer to his question about people who would like her killed, she was able to provide evidence of over fifty individuals who had specifically threatened her-including a police officer from her hometown, who had told her that he hoped the next attempt on her life would succeed. Dawn also clashed at times with those who even supported her efforts. A reporter in town had presented himself as someone who wanted to help. In describing why the culture of rape, bullying, and abuse has been tolerated in town, he ended with the statement, "Everybody is seen as winning, male and female alike. It is a great American success story. Fair Shore residents have paid top dollar to join the winning team and are disinclined to raise any questions about the unsavory practices that support its continuation. There is a feeling that 'boys will be boys.'" In response, Dawn exploded, "And you choose to support this? Goddamn you. Goddamn all of you. Let's only hope, Mr. Bruschi, that the success of this 'everybody-wins' model spreads to towns all across America. Let's only hope that, within a few years, tens of thousands of young women can be treated the Fair Shore way and be raped without comment, so that 'boys can be boys.'" As she turned and headed toward the door, Joseph moved quickly to stop her. "Dawn, don't leave." "Go to hell. I thought there was hope with you because of some of the writing you've done. That series you did on the woman who overcame severe automobile injuries and resumed her career as an engineer after everybody said she would never work again was powerful." "She is a remarkably brave young lady." "And there are a lot of them out there, but your silence is ensuring that they will have to fight that much harder to create the stories they were born to tell." Dawn's battle against the status quo lands a number of friends and enemies either in the hospital, in jail, or in an early grave. She uses rock-and-roll through befriending high-school band members who write their own lyrics that challenge the status quo, along with a combination of personal courage and mental toughness, to change the town forever, although at a huge personal cost.

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ISBN-13: 9781478746942
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Dawn of Hope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
the-debz More than 1 year ago
This book is not only a good read, but more importantly it models ways that young people can address some of the most pressing issues they, as we as a society face -- bullying, sexual abuse, smoking -- and offer powerful ways they can address the problems. In the process, they gain confidence, new skills, insights about resources they can draw on. The model the story's heroine provides is powerful. This should be required reading for parents and family members, concerned adults, school administrators, teachers and counselors as well as law enforcement officials working in communities. It is provocative and very engaging -- once I started it, I had trouble putting it down. I grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries -- all of them! This reminds me of those wonderful reading experiences!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“I enjoyed reading the book “Dawn of Hope” by Peter Prichard. The more I read it the more I liked it and towards the end, I was hard pressed to put it down. I think the message it delivers is very important and comes across very strongly. The message I came away with from the book is about bullying and the unjust “entitlement” our society seems to provide to elite athletes and superstars. They are often protected from punishment even in the most terrible crimes. And an activist of any age can make a real difference if they are determined enough. I would highly recommend this book for all teenagers. Some fairly graphic brutality makes it a bit hard to read in places. I also found it a bit hard to believe that a teenage girl Dawns age could be so emotionally mature. She was often more mature than her mother. But then I am not around many teenagers girls these days. Summary: I think this should be mandatory reading for all teenagers and plan to buy a copy for all the teenagers I know. I also highly recommend it for parents of school age children and anyone interested in the topic. I can't wait for his new one to come out"
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Revies Dawn of Hope by Peter Prichard isn't a must read. It's a HAVE to read!! Once you open this book, it will  grab you and hold you down on the edge of your seat and you will just watch those pages turn and turn  and turn some more until you get to the last page. You might just go back and re-read it. This book covers  two very important and current issues that we have today. Dawn takes on the big tobacco co and bullying  in a very adult way. She sticks up for all of those who are bullied and looked down on by those high  school jocks and others who feel that they are better that others. The way that Dawn does this will inspire  new ways to think and will hopefully align action. I gave this book 5 stars but it really deserves more. I  highly recommend this book to everyone .... preteens, teen, ya and even adults. I appreciate that Peter  Prichard gave me this book to read and review and I wait for more from him.