Mount Carmel High School in the 1970s is a battlefield for its outcasts and no place for the “faint of heart.” Any teenage boy with a quirk, a weakness, an embarrassing habit, or anything out of the ordinary, will be found out and ruthlessly exploited. Mark Bornholdt is an easy target. Saddled with a speech impediment and a dysfunctional family, he struggles to find his way to adulthood. Mount Carmel’s faltering football program offers him the refuge he needs, and helps not only him, but the downtrodden school find a way back to redemption. Through triumph on the athletic field, Mark and his teammates resurrect the glory that Mount Carmel once held, and continues to hold today. But, even for the outcasts, Mount Carmel has a way of seeping into the blood of the devoted Southsiders and pulling Chicago’s own fortunate sons back to her bosom. Bornholdt’s nostalgic coming-of-age story engulfs the reticence of teen life in the 1970s where the future was anyone’s guess; but through perseverance and faith, the lucky few managed to escape.
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“Captivating coming-of-age story”
Five Star Review on Amazon By JAA
The Resurrection of Mount Carmel High School: A Chicago Icon from Ashes to Grace is a coming-of-age story telling the raw and intimate details of a troubled elite high school football team and a dysfunctional family life. The author quickly immerses you in the life of a teenager growing up in Chicago during the 1970’s as he navigates through an elite high school football program, a troubled family life and the awkwardness of the teenage years. All of this with a speech impediment and unbridled talent on the field. His talent on the field puts him in a leadership position that he uses to reignite the troubled football program and ultimately escape his troubled home life. Those who grew up in the 1970’s will recognize the type of characters and experiences from the authors’ story, but not the intensity both on and off the field with which this story is told. This is a captivating story that is hard to put down once you start reading. Highly recommend.
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