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A True Tale of Trial to Triumph-- "Wolf Creek" by William J Pardue

Wolf Creek by William J Pardue is an account of the author's experiences during one of the most life-changing times in his young adult life--being a camp counselor for a group of young men who lived a childhood of abuse, neglect, violence and broken hearts, and how his time with these young men changed his life, and theirs, forever.

Fresh out of college, the author gets a job as a camp counselor to this group of young men, not knowing what to expect, and not knowing that his path would forever be intertwined with theirs.

Our interview with William was quite telling and emotional, as we spoke about some specific experiences he lived through with the group of boys, and the impact that was left on everyone.

"It is the summer of 1971. Charlie Rogers has just graduated from the University of Texas and is hitching a ride toward the backwoods of East Texas and his first adventure along the tenuous path of adulthood - a job as a counselor for a group of delinquent adolescents from the south side of Chicago.

The boys have been unwanted by parents, the system, and the boys' ranch where they reside, as they will soon be sent off to the watch of Charlie and the other counselors. There are Russ, who displays unpredictable bursts of sadistic violence, Sherman, whose illiteracy is offset by his good cheer, Vince, whose recklessness is matched by his spirit and determination, and seven others.

WOLF CREEK is a story of maturation, the strength of the human spirit, the cruelty of humanity, and the power of love and friendship to mend even the most broken hearts." (Wolf Creek, Summary)

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