These people and other stories
In Fade to Black a young man wants to be so bad that he forgets what it was like to ever be good. In The Prom Date, Cynthia Hastings is a Barbie doll hoping to blossom into a mannequin. In 85 Factor a retiring History teacher is beginning to forget. In True Colors Hercules wants, more than anything else, to be the one thing he’s not allowed to be. At the End of the Day tells the story of a Principal with some shady principles. In Best Buy a young man is wondering how far he has to sell himself to fit in. Beauty and the is the story of a boy that loses even when he wins. In Dancing with Myself a teacher is slowly losing faith in the system she once so vehemently believed in. Finally, First Days is the story of a 22-year-old young mother trying to make amends for betraying the trust of the one teacher that reached out to her.
These People is a collection that challenges and inspires with compelling voices, universal themes and a style that will resonate with many young adults. Each character struggles to establish an identity in a city that is looking to do the same.
These People and Other Stories is a work of fiction. Names, characters, business, events and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. The opinions expressed by the characters' are their own. Brampton, thankfully, is a real city.
Praise for Anthony Carnovale:
Anthony knows a thing or three about writing, reading, teaching, and he knows these things the way fingers know a favourite pen, that is to say with commitment and readiness for anything the pen wants to write. He is an advocate for community and for voices that are lost in the quagmire of modern life, and most of all he's a good guy (ask anyone, especially his students). And that basic goodness is what makes him an honest storyteller, loyal to what needs to be said over what fashion dictates.
~Harry Posner, Poet Laureate of Dufferin County
Serious business. Anthony doesn't f#ck around.
~ Andrea Macpherson, Hip mom and avid reader
The way you write -your sentences -made as much as a statement as the words you wrote. So many I read a second time. Looking forward to reading again!
~ Shannon McGrady, Program and Research Asst., Orangeville Public Library
In Full Uniform
Jesse Cullen is only thirteen years old, yet he cannot help but feel that he is much older. With each passing year and each passing grade, Jesse’s life gets tougher and tougher. It seems the older he gets, the more difficult growing up becomes. It’s not long before Jesse sees that adults are too busy acting like children to notice what is happening to their own children. He begins to wonder what all the fuss is about growing up, because growing up is nothing like what Jesse had been promised.
Hitting on the hard truths of a teenager’s life in our media-filled and war-driven society, In Full Uniform talks to teens in their own voice about the real issues they face every day. This novel is written with the sincerity and honesty that many adults avoid when talking to kids about issues that matter most to kids.
In Full Uniform was the subject of a feature article in the Toronto Sun (May 14, 2006) and has been reviewed by The School Advocate (Fall 2006). Since its publication, In Full Uniform has been used in senior media classes, is a popular choice in high school libraries, and is being used as a resource for Grade nine retreats.
In loving memory of Gregory Doucette.