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A CHANCE IN THE WORLD
A CHANCE IN THE WORLD: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home | Steve Pemberton
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A heart-rending but uplifting story of the human spirits ability to prevail. From the day he is five-years-old and dropped off at his foster home of the next eleven years, Stephen is mentally and physically tortured. No one in the system can help him. No one can tell him if he has a family. No one can tell him why, with obvious African-American features, he has the last name of Klakowicz. Along the way, a single faint light comes only from a neighbors small acts of kindness and caringand a box of books. From one of those books he learns that he has to fight in any way he canfor victory is in the battle. His victory is to excel in school. Against all odds, the author succeeded. He attended college, graduated, became a successful corporate executive, and married a wonderful woman with whom he established a loving family of his own. Through it, he dug voraciously through records and files and found his history, his birth familyand the ultimate disappointment as some family members embrace him, but others reject him. Readers wont be the same after reading this powerful story. They will share in the hurts and despair but also in the triumph against daunting obstacles. They will share this story with their family, with their friends, with their neighbors.
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Kshakal
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This book is so incredibly powerful. An intimate look at the foster system in this country and the effects of such a system that reach far into adulthood. I wish that every child has a happy ending such as this but that is not reality and it breaks my heart...

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iggyreads
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Completed this book about a week ago during the Chinese New Year period. Steve a well-known corporate executive with a stellar resume writes of his dark childhood in an abusive foster care, his struggle to find his family and identity, the mere grit to survive and rise above what life has dealt him at a young age. Deep and hugely reflective of one‘s willpower to simply..live, love and be loved.

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GAustin
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A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton is one of my all time favorites. If you enjoy a great memoir. A mystery unraveled. This book will make you want to do something for children and hug your own if you have them. But a warning. It is a gut punching emotional read.