Boy at the Crossroads: From Teenage Runaway to Class President (Paperback)

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Inspired by the true story of a courageous teen runaway

At only thirteen years old-arrested for being part of the Mercury Gang because the boys only stole Mercury sedans-Conley Ford, on a whim, decides to run out on probation, skip school, and put his thumb out instead.

The fifteenth of sixteen children, Conley discovered early on what it takes to survive. Having learned how to peddle products door-to-door-from tomatoes to soap to hot tamales and more- he'll take his ingenuity and survival-savvy on the road to find where he belongs away from his overbearing father and tumultuous household.

With only fifty cents in his pocket in the fall of 1955, Conley hitchhikes from his home in Halls Crossroads, Tennessee on a journey through Atlanta, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi, only to end up in New Orleans selling hotdogs as a street vendor.

But home isn't always where you make it. Soon, Conley satisfies his need to escape again--and again after that-in hopes that his best life will be waiting just around the corner.

When he finds his way back home, he attempts to settle into high school. But his adventures have given him different life experiences than his peers. To his surprise, they are in awe of his exploits and vote him class president.

Fictionalized by Conley's wife Mary, Boy at the Crossroads is an adventurous coming-of-age novel about making it on your own and overcoming a hardscrabble childhood.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781736316405
ISBN-10: 1736316400
Publisher: Mary Ford
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2021
Pages: 264
Language: English