After his father leaves in the middle of the night, Cory Maddox and his mom, Gina, are forced to start over. Left alone while Gina tries to work her way out of debt, Cory deals with life as the new kid in school with no friends. Fleeing from the school bullies, Cory ends up under an overpass where an old homeless man lives. After being saved from the bullies, Cory and the homeless man, Mr. Washington, become friends.
But things don’t get any easier for Cory. Children are disappearing from around the state, and the bullies haven’t forgotten his escape the first time they went after him. And there is something wrong with Mr. Washington…something terribly wrong.
Accompanied by his only two friends and the unlikeliest of allies, Cory sets out to keep a promise to the ailing homeless man. Will Cory and his friends find a way to keep the promise, or will the journey prove too difficult for them?
Moving to a new town, Cory doesn't have any friends, but has gained a few bullies. In one of his heart-pounding escapes from his new teenage taunters, he is saved by a homeless man named George Washington. Mr. Washington, as Cory often calls him, is also a bit lonely and I think this is where the friendship was first formed. Having an absent father, Cory soon starts to see Mr. Washington this way and continues to visit him even when making new friends at school. It's when Mr. Washington passes away that Cory has a new purpose in life. A promise he made to himself, and Mr. Washington, to bury him next to his family. Determined, and with a few friends, Cory takes on a trecherous journey. With a murderer on the lose you can see how this already tedious trek of hauling a coffin on wheels 19 miles could have plenty of adventure and strife.
I enjoyed watching Cory grow as a character. He has a strong moral compass and sticks to his guns even when it's easier to back out. He started out as trying to figure out himself and his world and soon began to gain footing in his life in a short amount of time. Bullies are confronted, stereotypes dashed and a small romance surfaces for the young 12 year old.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Above all else, AJ is a husband and father of two beautiful children who not only support his creative endeavors, but also provide inspiration (sometimes in rather unexpected ways).
If you'd like to learn more about AJ Brown's life and work, visit his blog: Type AJ Negative. However, beware, AJ is a unique mixture of strawberry Kool-aid drinking redneck and traditional values Southern gentleman. The only things he takes seriously are serious things and he isn't one of them.
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