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A Chance in the World

An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
Narrated by: Steve Pemberton
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"Pemberton's beautifully told story is a rags to riches journey - beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that could have destroyed his life. But Steve's refusal to give in to those forces, and his resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is an example for many of us to follow." (Stedman Graham, author, educator)

Home is the place where our life stories begin. A Chance in the World is the astonishing true story of a boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Down in the dank basement, amid my moldy, hoarded food and beloved worm-eaten books, I dreamed that my real home, the place where my story had begun, was out there somewhere, and one day I was going to find it.

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a different life, that one day he will find his true home. A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to find that nothing is as it appears. 

Through it all, Steve's story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.

©2012 Steve Pemberton (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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  • Rashad Sykes
  • 19-10-2020

inspirational. loving, hope.

when it first started off I didn't know how was I going to enjoy it. I found out this book should be apart of foster care of children. at times the system is so desperate to find homes for these children, and really finding out they have found monster. Everyone need to find wonderful home for all children. Hold everyone accountable for their actions.

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  • Sonya Green
  • 16-10-2020

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The narrator was TOO monotone and made the book boring at times even though the story itself is great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-2020

Good Book

This book was good and well read. Love when a family right the wrongs of their families past; breaking family barriers and curses.

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  • barb Klein
  • 03-05-2020

Wow...

The story of the successes of one man amid, through and beyond the failures of CPS and society... a captivating story of hardship, betrayal and family.

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  • Collette
  • 10-03-2020

heart-wrenching and inspirational

I'm so glad I read this book! it is stunning that someone can survive this ordeal

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  • Natalie
  • 06-02-2020

life changing and inspiring. This was amazing

I don't remember the last time l was so moved and captivated by a story the way I was this one. my heart ached at the realization that there may be many other children suffering the same way.

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  • Sharey
  • 26-01-2020

Amazing Story

This is an amazing story, told in a straightforward, engaging way by the author. It is definitely worth a listen.