Small Forces

by Mike Conver


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Softcover
$19.99
Hardcover
$29.99
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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/16/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781493163410
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781493163427
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781493163434

About the Book

A very bright twelve-year-old boy, who has trouble reading, is placed full-time in a special needs class when he graduates from the lower grades to the junior high. He misses the classmates with whom he was mainstreamed in the past. He is also worried about his big brother who is his hero and may be into drugs. A junior high teacher recognizes the boy’s ability and, against the principal’s orders, has the student attend his regular division class. The principal accuses the teacher of molesting the boy and moves to have him fired. The high school–age brother of the student tries to help a friend who is in trouble with a drug pusher. The drug dealer abducts both boys, and the teacher and little brother try to rescue the older boys. As the story progresses, we see a Vietnam war vet who was dishonorably discharged and is building a drug selling network. There is a teacher, recently divorced, who is dedicated to his profession and the kids he teaches, and a principal who’s only concern is not to rock the boat until he retires. There are adults who are trying to rebuild lives and children who help each other through the rough times following divorce. You will like and admire some of these people. You will want to strangle others. Many of them you will recognize.


About the Author

Mike Conver was born and lived in central Illinois, where he taught junior high students many years. He became a counselor for special needs children, then a principal, and finally retired after many years as a school superintendent. Dr. Conver received his master’s degree in counseling and his PhD in educational administration from Illinois State University, where he spent several years as an administrator in their Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School. Journalism was the major field of study for his bachelor’s degree, and he was a news writer for a television station before deciding he wanted to teach. The change came about after he spent years as a Boy Scout leader, including hiking trips to Philmont Scout Ranch and canoe trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Staff Sergeant (E-5) Conver served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era. After his retirement, he moved to Cadiz, Kentucky, where he lives on Lake Barkley. He has been active in the Rotary Club there and volunteers two days a week at the local primary school where he tutors first graders. Conver raised two sons as a single parent and enjoys two granddaughters. He can be reached at mike_conver@bellsouth.net.