- 312 pages
- Black & White
- 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues
Fractured families, Foster care, Adolescence, Coming of age, Values and virtues, Moral choices, Overcoming tragedy
Forgive Me, Mr. Hunter
T. N. Cullen
Axel spends his days pedaling around his neighborhood, secure in the knowledge that his watchful and caring mother is always looking out for him. As a four-year-old, Axel’s whole world fits in the span of his neighbourhood. The highlight of his daily routine is visiting Mr. Hunter, who always lets Axel help with his handyman projects, kindly and patiently taking his suggestions and sharing words of wisdom.
Axel’s life is carefree and simple. He feels like it could go on forever like this until his carefully thought-out plan to do something good ends in disaster. Young Axel’s simple, happy life is torn apart and changed forever.
Following that unfortunate event, Axel is placed in foster care. Confused and heartbroken, he clings to a piece of advice from Mr. Hunter. Axel becomes determined to do something good in the world to make up for his mistake and, ultimately, to find forgiveness.
Over the next decade, Axel’s life seems like a never-ending battle to turn negatives into positives, and to keep moving forward. In an effort to get himself and a close friend out of a serious predicament, Axel makes the difficult decision to get involved in illegal activities. In a remarkable turn of events, it is then that Axel finally finds redemption.
T.N. Cullen taught in the public-school system for over two decades. He continues to teach on an on-call basis so that he can stay in touch with colleagues and remain connected with the growing minds of young adolescents. Forgive Me, Mr. Hunter is based on a real incident, but the subsequent events are totally fictional, as are the characters. Having seen so many young people struggle with low self-esteem, he wanted to write a book that would encourage readers to remain optimistic, hold onto hope, and keep moving forward no matter what obstacles they may face.
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