On the Side of the Angels Author:Kristen D. Randle Cody has every reason to leave. His successful struggle to survive in the harsh inner-city environment has left its mark on him and on his reputation. Since infancy he has been consistently shut out and mistreated by the only family he knows -- his mother. Deliberate underperformance at school has labeled him a loser. And the one per... more »son that truly cared about him is gone. His soul cries out for a new beginning. But how? Where to go?
Using his scanty savings, he boards a bus and travels far in search of a family he has never known. His new "parents" accept him with reserved enthusiasm, quietly frightened of this street-wise young man whose mixture of arrogance and pathos tugs at their heartstrings. Though he is inwardly anxious to fit in, the reflexive responses born of his previous enviornment suggest otherwise and further hamper an already difficult social adjustment -- especially at school, where even his attractive tutor feels the sting. Thus while reaching for a place in "normal" middle-class suburbia, he unfortunately must continue to fight his deepset fears and attitudes. Unfortunately, too, the truth about his past is closing in fast.« less