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William is seventeen when he’s uprooted from his home and sent to live with his estranged fathersomeone he hasn’t seen since he was a little kid. When he’s unexpectedly dragged into a situation where he has no choice but to help an abused four-year-old boy, William’s world is rocked to the core as he discovers the truth of the boy’s experience of extreme sexual abuse. He and this boy are connected in ways William can’t even imagine. As horrible memories begin to flood his consciousness, William’s rage drives him to steal a neighbor’s guns, convinced he must stop those responsible for causing a boy so much pain and betrayal.
How William finds the love and compassion he needs to make the right choices is the heart and pulse of this riveting verse novel. Inspired by a true story, Breath To Breath explores what hurt and healing really mean: to survive you hold your breath, but to live you must exhale.
Craig Lew was born in Fresno, California, and is a fourth-generation Chinese American. As a producer, director, and screenwriter of horror and dark comedy movies, he believes that in any story the best hero is the one who seeks love. Writing his debut YA novel in free verse, Craig said, "When you write about the dark subject of child abuse while weaving a message of healing and forgiveness, you can't help but find more room in your own heart for compassion."