Shawn Goodman

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Shawn Goodman is a writer and school psychologist. His experiences working in several New York State juvenile detention facilities inspired the books Something Like Hope, and Kindness for Weakness. He has been an outspoken advocate for juvenile justice reform, and has written and lectured on issues related to special education, foster care, and literacy. Shawn lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children.

Selected Works

One young man searches for a place to call home in this gut-wrenching, honest novel by New York Times bestselling author, Wes Moore, with Shawn Goodman.
In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?
A brutally honest, but hopeful story of finding yourself and moving beyond your past.

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