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My qualifications for writing Caleb includes over 30 years of professional and volunteer experience working with children and teenagers in a law enforcement, educational, recreational, residential, and mentoring capacity. During my law enforcement career I served as a municipal police juvenile officer and founded a large municipal police benevolent association whose sole mission was youth programs and projects. As the elected sheriff of York County, Maine, I implemented and operated the state's largest Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. For the past 12 years, my second career has been as senior educational technician on the flagship campus of one of New England's largest behavioral health agencies. Throughout my adult life I have taken thousands of youths, in groups both large and small, on hundreds of day and overnight trips throughout New England and Canada.
on July 13, 2016 :
The author of this book and I worked together in Law Enforcement at more than one facility. Its safe to say I enjoyed working with him more than anyone else in my career.
Michael worked with troubled children all the time I knew him, I felt it was his true calling. I've sadly lost touch with Michael, but I feel sure he is still doing so in some capacity.
After he left Police Work he worked at a residential school for troubled youth. I have no clue what happens inside those facilities and feel this book has lots of examples. There is no finger pointing or advocacy in the book.
The story is told from Caleb's POV, and if you've ever wondered how a child can go from point A to point D this book will tell you all you need to know.
I've run the gambit from rage, to pity, to outright tears and wanting to take Caleb into my arms and hug him until he knew he was safe forever.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for anyone who has been a child or has contact with children and doesn't quite get them.
Michael is a fantastic author. I have read all his other books and enjoyed them as well, but in my opinion this one is his best.
July 13, 2016
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)