Finding Forrester by James Ellison
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Family isn't always what you're born with—sometimes it's the people you find, sometimes it's the people who find you.

He was a vibrant personality who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel four decades ago. And that's the last the world heard of William Forrester.

That is until Jamal Wallace, a brash 16-year-old with a secret passion for writing, invades Forrester's sheltered existence in the South Bronx and re-ignites the dreams of this literary legend in the winter of his life.

Known as the neighborhood recluse, Forrester is a man whose mystery and eccentricity border on the mythical. When Jamal—a talented African-American scholar-athlete who is recruited by an elite Manhattan prep school for his brilliance on and off the basketball court—sneaks into his apartment and accidentally leaves behind his backpack full of writings, they both get something unexpected in return.

Forced to look past skin color and suppositions, Jamal encounters not only his first fan, but a mentor who will challenge and change him forever, and Forrester has his first reason in years to emerge from his self-imposed solitude.


About James Ellison

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Doug Atchison has directed over a dozen short films, including his award-winning thesis project, "Ellen's Father". He has taught directing at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and screenwriting at the University of LaVerne, near Los Angeles. James W. Ellison is the author of seven novels published by Doubleday, Little, Brown, and Dodd Mead, including the award-winning "I'm Owen Harrison Harding" and novelizations including "Finding Forrester, Two Brothers", and "Rudy". He lives in New York City.
Published December 21, 2000 by It Books. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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This rather workmanlike novelization of the award-winning Mike Rich screenplay for the current Academy Award- hyped Sean Connery flick was penned by the author of other novels based on the screenplays of Immortal Beloved, Rudy and A Bronx Tale (plus seven original novels, including the award-winn...

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