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A Boy Named Walter

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In this compelling narrative, twelve-year-old Walter escapes from yet another abusive foster home and creates a new life for himself, entirely on his own. Based on a true story, you'll be inspired by Walter's unbelievable courage, determination, and self-sufficiency as it leads him through both school and life.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Cedar Fort
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I won this book on a Good Reads giveaway. I was really happy when it arrived in the mail, it was in great shape too.
So I was pretty much hooked on the first page, which is always likable about a book. This book has got to be up there on the list with books that most inspire you. It inspired me SO MUCH. From start to finish, I admired Walter and his bravery and courage to move forward in life, and to forget the bad things-- to make the rest of his life worthwhile. It touched me in a way I'll nev
Kirt Forakis
I could not imagine growing up in Walter's situation and still accomplishing what he did. Walter is tossed around in foster care for years until he runs away at a very young age.

What do you think an 11 year old would do on his own? Would you think get a job, go to school and live like any loving parent would want an 11 year old to do? I sure didn't. I didn't realize how many kids are in a similar situation either.

Walter makes the most out of his bleak situation and gains friends along the way w
This was well written, covered many important topics to help kids cope, but they never addressed the fact that this happened a long time ago and if a child tried to do this now lots of bad things could happen..
Feb 01, 2012 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars
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This book had a lot of potential! I feel like the main character wasn't developed nearly enough. I didn't get to know Walter. The story could be inspiring if it were written more like a based-on-a-true-story novel than grandpa's personal history as told to his granddaughter. Is that harsh? It seems like the book was written more for maybe young teens? But I don't think it would hold the interest of young teens.
I really enjoyed this quick read. The challenges Walter faced are heartbreaking. His story of taking control and following the wise words of his teachers despite his circumstances is inspiring.

I encourage you to read this book and then share it with your child. Walter's story is one to be shared.

A really good middle school age story. It covered hard subjects dealing with foster care but in a very hopeful way. The 'Did You Know' segments were a little heavy-handed for me but might be fine for kids.
This is easy to read and good for kids. I would say 6th grade on up. My CASA book club read this as a selection.

I loved this book! An easy read... Truthful in a way that makes you grateful. Great book for young readers.
Polly Edgerton
I met Walter today. I will be ordering this book today. ;)
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