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A chance in the world: an orphan boy, a mysterious past, and how he found a place called home

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"Pemberton's beautifully told story is a rags to riches journey--beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that could have destroyed his life. But Steve's refusal to give in to those forces, and his resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is an example for many of us to follow."

--Stedman Graham, author, educator

Home is the place where our life stories begin. A Chance in the World is the astonishing true story of a boy destined to become a man of

resilience determination and vision. Down in the dank basement, amidst my moldy, hoarded food and beloved worm-eaten books, I dreamed that my real home, the place where my story had begun, was out there somewhere, and one day I was going to find it.

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a different life, that one day he will find his true home.

A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to find that nothing is as it appears.

Through it all, Steve's story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.

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Grouping Titlechance in the world an orphan boy a mysterious past and how he found a place called home
Grouping Authorsteve pemberton
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
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display_description"Steve was only a toddler when his babysitter jotted down these fateful words: 'This little boy doesn't have a chance in the world.' But, despite years of being abandoned, neglected, and forgotten, Steve discovers an unexpected strength to endure and a fierce determination to find his real family and to create a new life for himself. A stirring account of courage, hope, and victory, A Chance in the World is the extraordinary story of what is possible when you dare to believe."--Jacket.
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subject_facetFoster children -- New England -- Biography
Orphans -- New England -- Biography
Pemberton, Steve, -- 1967 June 15-
title_displayA chance in the world : an orphan boy, a mysterious past, and how he found a place called home
title_fullA Chance in the World An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
A chance in the world : an orphan boy, a mysterious past, and how he found a place called home / Steve Pemberton
title_shortA chance in the world
title_suban orphan boy, a mysterious past, and how he found a place called home
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Foster children
Pemberton, Steve
Religion & Spirituality