10 homes in 11 years
MEMOIR of AGES 6-11
I was born living the American dream. I had a mother and father who loved me. An older sister who cared for me. A beautiful house on a lake and extended family close by. But life has this way of flipping you inside out. By age two we'd lost our home. By age six, my mother had passed away. For the next five years, we moved from place to place, crisscrossing the country. Teachers in Arizona told me my Massachusetts accent was a "speech impediment".
Children on the Navajo reservation harassed me as a pale-skinned outsider. Neighbors in Texas stole my bike. Through it all, two things helped me maintain my center - my love of animals and the protective sheltering embrace of my father. But life can be cruel ...* * *
10 Homes in 11 Years is the first in a series of memoirs sharing the challenges and insights I've learned from my life's experiences. I'm now a U.S. Army Veteran, a criminal justice major, and a Peer Support Specialist. I also worked as a Private Investigator and Security Consultant for several years.I had a life unlike most. I lost my parents when I was young.
I have lived in some of the worst places as a child and I hit rock bottom about fifteen years ago, becoming a homeless Veteran. With the VA's help, I began to realize I have been living with P.T.S.D. since I was six years old. This memoir "10 Homes in 11 Years" covers the first eleven years of my life. It explores the struggles of a single-father family as they relocate frequently, dealing with missed school time, making new friends, bullying, culture shock, and the resulting PTSD. Presented from the child's view, this book will be invaluable to any children or parents dealing with the challenges of relocation, parental loss, being bullied, and facing a life that can seem more a nightmare or night terror than reality.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 29, 2022
If one was to go by the title, you may think it has to do about a boy going through foster care. It is not.
That said, the book was okay. I felt clarity could made some situations more understandable. Despite some of the problems, it was a good read.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 25, 2021
Just another partially written book designed to make the reader purchase a second book in order to finish the story from the first. Had I known this I certainly would not r bought thus one. Totally dishonest
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 24, 2020
You have overcome so much Charlie. The events in your life didn't make you weak it made you stronger. Now you're an advocate for those that are lost. God bless your strength to give back what you learned and how to overcome.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 8, 2021
Memoir of the first 11 years of life of the author. He had the sad experience of first his mom and later his dad dying, of losing loved pets and frequent moves. Some of the moves were to places where he was the picked on minority race wise. So many sad events for a little boy.