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Book Title: The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood on the Run with One of America's Most Wanted|
The author of the book: Chip St. Clair
Date of issue: January 18th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780757306952
Format files: PDF
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Fear rocked Chip St. Clair's world. As a boy, he never knew what would set his father off--maybe the ice cubes had melted in his glass of Tab, maybe dinner was overcooked or undercooked or the gravy was too runny. Regardless, the beatings always came. As did the twisted games of cat and mouse--being thrown from a rowboat into frigid Lake Michigan, the middle-of-the-night moves to different states, or being left to dangle over a ten-story balcony while his father watched from inside. But one fateful night when the police answered the call, the truth came to light from the shadows, sparking national headlines: Chip St. Clair's entire life--his name, even his date of birth--had been a lie, and the man he called 'Dad' was an impostor, an escaped child killer who had been on the run for over two decades. The stunning revelation would send one of America's Most Wanted to justice and another on a quest for his true identity.
With chilling detail and a riveting, lyrical narrative, The Butterfly Garden reveals St. Clair's struggle to piece together his haunted past before it consumes him and shares his inspiring metamorphosis from victim to victim's advocate. The Butterfly Garden is a timeless triumph, a reminder that hope can be the most powerful of all emotions, freeing us to soar despite the past and the odds against us.
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Read information about the authorChip St. Clair is the author of The Butterfly Garden (HCI 2008), a compelling memoir of hope, triumph, and the true measure of strength each of us has when we can simply gain the courage to look within. St. Clair was a featured author at the Book Expo of America, and participated in the Levy Meijer READ THIS! book tour. In 2005, St. Clair received a U.S. Congressional Record for his ardent child advocacy, and has helped to pass laws in three States that better protect children. In 2007, St. Clair and his wife and high school sweetheart of 17 years, Lisa, founded SCBF.org, a national nonprofit aimed at providing youth in underprivileged communities with mentorship programs based in the creative arts. St. Clair's mission is to eradicate the notion that children of sordid backgrounds are defined by their surroundings and destined to continue a cycle of suffering. St. Clair delivers riveting and motivational lectures, and has keynoted countless conferences nationwide. Since its release, his memoir has been incorporated into the curriculum of middle and high schools, universities, juvenile detention facilities, as well as treatment programs around the world. The Butterfly Garden has been translated into Lithuanian (Drugelių sodas), and is in pre-production for major motion picture.
For more information on his current projects, visit: www.ChipStClair.com, or check him out at Twitter @ChipStClair, Facebook.com/ChipStClairBooks, or Instagram.com/ChipLisaStClair/
Chip is currently working on a YA fiction book project, where he looks to offer readers the same inspiration and enjoyment he found in books as a child.