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After the death of her child, a grief-stricken psychotherapist volunteers as a poetry teacher at a residential treatment facility for delinquent girls. Here, their mutual suffering is nourishing and enriching to them all, though not without large quantities of drama and recalcitrance.
As poet and therapist Sharon Charde learns to cope with her new identity as a mourning mother while challenging these young women--- labeled as "delinquents" and cast off by society--- to voice their life experience, they all learn new ways of coping with the trauma in their lives. Sharon and the girls find support and healing in writing and connecting with each other, as they grow together by transforming their pain into poems and sharing them with the wider world.
For fans of the acclaimed The Freedom Writers Diary comes I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent, where readers will experience:
- The journey and struggle these young women face in trying to transcend the labels placed upon them by society.
- Profound poems written by them, as well as Sharon's late son's writing, and her own.
- Poignant philosophical wisdom on suffering, strength, and the determination to persist.
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.