By Jim St. Germain
In the culture of The different Wes Moore and Just Mercy, a searing memoir and clarion name to avoid wasting our at-risk adolescence through a tender black guy who himself was once a misplaced cause—until he landed in a rehabilitation application that kept his lifestyles and gave him purpose.
Born into abject poverty in Haiti, younger Jim St. Germain moved to Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, into an overcrowded residence along with his relatives. He fast tailored to road existence and started stealing, dealing medicines, and transforming into more and more detached to melancholy and violence. by the point he used to be arrested for dealing crack cocaine, he were handcuffed greater than a dozen instances. At the age of fifteen the partitions of the approach have been ultimate round him.
But rather than legal, St. Germain was once positioned in "Boys Town," a nonsecure detention facility designed for rehabilitation. Surrounded by way of mentors and optimistic male authority who enforced a method in line with constitution and privileges instead of intimidation and punishment, St. Germain slowly stumbled on his approach, finally getting his GED and graduating from university. Then he made the bravest determination of his existence: to reside, as an grownup, within the tasks the place he had misplaced himself, and to paintings to reform the best way the felony justice method treats at-risk youth.
A Stone of Hope is greater than a tremendous coming-of-age tale; advised with a level of candor that calls for the private braveness, it's also a rallying cry. not anyone is who they'll be—or able to being—at 16. St. Germain resides facts of this. He contends that we needs to paintings to construct an international within which we don't quit on a swath of the subsequent generation.
Passionate, eloquent, and well timed, illustrated with pictures all through, A Stone of Hope is an inspiring problem for each American, and is sure to spark debate nationwide.
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A Stone of Hope: A Memoir by Jim St. Germain