Usa, (PressExposure) October 17, 2008 -- Most children have no idea how good they have it. Any child who complains about small issues in life will be more content as well as inspired by reading Andrea White's touching new novel "Window Boy" ( [http://www.windowboy.org] ).
Sam Davis is a twelve-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. His father has abandoned him. His mother is too absorbed in her new boyfriend to pay attention to Sam. The boy appears to have little reason to live, but Sam reads about Winston Churchill, who inspires him never to give up, and he watches the basketball court from his window, wishing he could play. These interests set the foundation for change in Sam's life.
When Sam begins to attend school with other children, he faces many challenges, but he hears Winston "Winnie" Churchill's voice telling him to keep a stiff upper lip. Soon, as his teacher starts to understand him, Sam writes an essay on his hero, Winston Churchill, for a contest. Then, after only twenty days, he has to leave the school because his mother puts him in an institution so she can run off to Europe with her boyfriend. Sam's last act before leaving is to advise the basketball captain to place Micky Kostov, a Russian boy no one likes, as point guard.
While at the institution, Sam starts to grow weaker and depressed. But then a reporter comes to visit him and take his photograph because Sam's essay won the contest and its $1000 prize. Soon after, Sam's mother, betrayed and deceived by the man she was about to marry, comes back and releases Sam from the institution. Sam returns to school and actively advises his basketball team so they become tournament champs. Later, Sam grows up to be the school's basketball coach.
"Window Boy" is an inspirational story that will teach children how to be understanding toward others with disabilities. The focus on Winston Churchill will give students not only a history lesson, but also a motivational example of character and determination during trying times. Athletic readers will especially enjoy the novel with its emphasis on basketball, while they also will feel gratitude for their good health. "Window Boy" ( [http://www.windowboy.org] ) is a book to be long remembered and cherished by its readers, young and old.
About the Author Andrea White is a wife, mother, author, community activist, and Houston's First Lady. She views this latter role as a wonderful volunteer job with education at its core. She formerly practiced law as one of the first female partners at a major Texas firm. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas. Andrea is involved in many programs to encourage reading among children. The rest of her time is spent writing books for them. She is a recipient of the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Texas author. Besides "Window Boy," she has written "Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083."
"Window Boy" (ISBN 9781933979144, Bright Sky Press, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.andreawhiteauthor.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.