The Five Pearls by Barry James Hickey
Approx. 57,830 words.
Published on September 29, 2011.
A dying man with a terrible past and a hidden agenda changes the hearts, minds, and character of The Tadpoles - five angry, stubborn students forced into an after-school program. Hickey’s world of disconnected quirky characters destroys the myth of the American melting pot and turns it into a salad bowl of mixed races growing up together with surprising results.