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The Discarded Ones

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
They had many names: Mount Bachelor Academy, Cedu School, and Boulder Creek Academy. Some called them cults, some said the schools saved their lives. But none of them were free to leave. Charlie Hoff was there. Soon you will be, too. Unlock the mysteries of The Academy with Charlie as he faces the hardest decision of his life: escape or assimilate. Neither will be easy.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Waxlight Press (first published September 15th 2012)
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Jan 04, 2013 Thomas rated it it was amazing
James Tipper wrote the book that every student who graduated The C.E.D.U. School would like to write. I was happily surprised that no hidden agenda skewed his honest descriptions of that time and place that we have all tried to share with our family, friends, spouses, children. His memories are spot-on. He dug deep and was able to paint a complete picture that honestly depicted student and staff, for better or for worse. He also showed his exceptional writing skills - "The Discarded Ones" is a p ...more
Sep 10, 2013 HT rated it liked it
This book was totally different to the one I was expecting to read. I'd predicted all kinds of murders and enemies and terrible things along the same lines, but what I got was a different breed of terrible.

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The Discarded Ones follows Charlie Hogg, a young boy from San Jose. Life wasn't going to well for him; his dad left when he was young, the grandfather who had taken up the role as father had died fairly recently and, as if Charlie wasn't feeling bad enough, his mom married an asshole a
Oct 11, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Having gone to a copycat version of The Academy, I could not believe some of the memories this brought back. Its a fictional story set in a non fictional place.
Oct 08, 2016 MLP rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary book. I am a doctor and have had to perform many mental health evaluations on boys who have been in places like this. They exist, and this is exactly what happens to kids there. They die on the inside. They are isolated. They are in survival mode. Parents who justify sending their children to wilderness camps, therapeutic boarding schools, or residential facilities by telling themselves this will help their child and their family to function better are either ignorant to ...more
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Jan 19, 2013 Tanya Jackson rated it really liked it
Pretty good story. I loved the main character Charlie. Hard to imagine that places like this exist.
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Feb 16, 2013 Angela Juline rated it liked it
There was just something off about this book...but with respect to the high marks the book has already received, i gave it a 3 instead of a 2.
Feb 15, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Sad story, but I devoured this book, because I just had to find out what happened to Charlie the academy. Interesting insight on wilderness schools. Scary too.
Oct 07, 2013 Voracious rated it liked it
Sad. I don't understand how parents could send a child to a residential home without seeking out 'graduates' and their parents,to talk through what was really involved.
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