or, Boyhood’s Aims and Manhood’s Work
Charlie thinks that money can buy anything … even happiness.
If you loved the story Teddy’s Button, hold onto your seat because you are about to take a journey with Charlie, who is, in many ways, just like Teddy. Unsatisfied with his lot in life, Charlie dreams of a better life, a life where money can cure all ills.
“If only…if only,” he ponders in his heart. When his dream is just within his grasp, he must make the final decision — a decision which may separate him from his mother and father and brothers and sister, forever! Can his austere grandfather and prideful aunt truly give him what money can’t buy? Can they, in their luxury and ease, prepare this untested youth to value hard work, integrity, and empathy, with their regal and refined style?
If what you have heard thus far was not enough to whet your appetite, perhaps I should share of Charlie’s adventures of being chased down the river and nearly drowned, or the mysterious old woman who would be used to change his life forever, or of his adventures on the sea, or of the shipwreck, or of the kidnapping, or of the greatest lesson a boy can learn; and these are not even the best part of the story!
What I love about this incredible story is that there is something in it for everyone of any age. This is a story that will benefit husbands and wives, parents who wish they could offer more to their children, grandparents who have strained relationships with their grown children, and children who think that the grass is greener on the others side.
Character themes in this story: choices, consequences
“I just finished reading this story to my 4 children (2 to 15) and they loved it. My daughter 8 and my son 15 were the main audience and both couldn’t get enough. Towards the end I was weeping and both of them had tears. It is such a touching read, but also kept the kids captivated as to what was going to happen with Charlie. We did not see Charlie’s actual choice coming which made it all the more thrilling. Excellent story!” — Danielle H., Brighton, Colorado
“Charlie’s Choice was a very adventurous book. The amazing twists and turns in the book are awesome.
Highly recommended!” – a Mom, Capon Bridge, West Virginia