Shawn Goodman


Elijah is a neighborhood basketball star who plans to use his skills as a ticket out of West Baltimore. But when a new gang signs him onto their team and raises the stakes, Elijah must learn a new set of skills if he's going to stay ahead and survive. This Way Home is a story about reclamation, about discovering what really matters and taking a stand for it because in the end, it’s hope and love and courage that are our most powerful weapons.

Shawn Goodman will capture your heart with this gritty, honest, and moving story about a boy struggling to learn about friendship, brotherhood, and manhood in a society where violence is the answer to every problem.

This gritty and unflinchingly honest look at life in juvenile detention, winner of the 2009 Delacorte Contest, will break your heart, change the way you think about “troubled” teens, and ultimately, leave you feeling something like hope.

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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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