Golden Children

Golden Children, is a short fictional story in e-book form by Avi Lewis Wolfson.

Plot: Ted Camble is a newly hired (largely because of his Great Grandfather’s reputation) staffer at Riafnu Unified School District special programs for Special Needs Children. He actually dislikes and abuses these children; e.g., when seemingly providing praise or help he actually physically hurts them although in a manner not easily observable so a parent believes the help and/or praise is sincere. Unfortunately the children are too young to differentiate and must assume the parents, whom Ted impresses, are correct, so he becomes a ‘hero’. Ted and the District’s Director of Special Education Stacy Stumpkins, the young wife of the elderly school Principle Howard, are in an illicit relationship. The husband dies shortly thereafter at a dinner eating Ted’s and his mother’s recipe. The couple think it wise not to mention their relationship, but eventually marry and complications ensue that result in an unmasking of Ted’s actual character faults and associated attitude toward the children

Discussion: The author, assumedly associated in some manner with children with special needs, has provided a most noteworthy introductory note: “…extra special thanks to all the children who have persevered and continue to work through hardships in school, this story was written and dedicated in your honor.” For this sincerely expressed reason, it is most unfortunate that the author did not confer with a knowledgeable editor before publishing this little book. It is his first and unfortunately the well-intentioned story falls into a situation often demonstrated by new writers of not developing the plot and/or characters so the reader can experience a satisfaction with what has been set forth.

Conclusion: A well-intentioned but regrettably not well-presented exposé of a deplorable situation that requires much needed attention.

3* Well-intentioned exposé of a deplorable situation.

Just Juliet

Just Juliet, published by Inkitt, the Hipster’s Library, an e-book by Charlotte Reagan.

Plot: The story line simply follows a group of young people as they move through their lives and relationships during their high school years with eventual dispersal to various colleges and slightly beyond. The actual school time activities are presented quite superficially with more prominent concentration on those of a social or inter-relational nature. The reason unfolds quite quickly when the reader discovers that the main theme is to follow the evolution of the main protagonist, Lena, into an individual with active bi-/homosexuality. The story examines the feelings and activities of this individual as she becomes entangled with a young woman, Juliet, who has a most unusual and understanding family. It details the evolving relationship with her, Juliet’s family, Lena’s own family and with her heterosexual friends and acquaintances and progresses to build ultimately to a most interesting conclusion.

Discussion: The author has provided, perhaps somewhat surprisingly in fictional form, a rather thoughtful and seemingly knowledgeable account of a period of transition faced by an individual who cannot feel happy in the conventional male/female relationship. It presents the fears, anxieties, extensive soul-searching and embarrassments encountered in the often lengthy, lonely and always highly distressful trip in order hopefully, to attain periods of mental/physical satisfaction, a sense of belonging and ‘true love’. Unfortunately, it mentions only minimally the down side of the often highly discriminatory activity such individuals still encounter.

3* 4*Well-written partial primer on bi-/homosexuality; 3* or less if not interested.