Renate Pore is the daughter of Lydia Henricksen. She wrote this story based on extensive conversations with her ninety-year-old mother. Renate was born in Germany and lived through some of the events described in this book. When she was ten years old, Renate came to the United States with her mother and sister Elda. She became interested in history and earned a PhD in European history from the University of West Virginia. Dr. Pore taught European history as a graduate student at West Virginia University and published her dissertation, “A Conflict of Interest: Women in German Social Democracy, 1919–1933,” in 1981. Along with Betty Justice, Renate is also the editor of “Toward the Second Decade: The Impact of the Women’s Movement on American Institutions.” Dr. Pore spent most of her career in public health. She earned a master of public health (MPH) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. She has written numerous articles on health reform, child health, and child development. In West Virginia, she has been an advocate for health reform to expand health coverage and promote health equity. At age seventy-two, she continues to work as a health advocate for West Virginians for affordable health care. Dr. Pore lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with her lively standard poodle, Ollie.
This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family.
Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family.