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Volunteers for Literacy [Kindle Edition]

Gretchen Elhassani , Kim Coghlan , Ash Arceneaux
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Book Description

Amanda Smith never learned to read. A local tutoring program called the City Volunteers for Literacy agrees to provide her with a free tutor. The first time they meet at the downtown library, Amanda is energized; the second meeting is horrifying. As Amanda struggles with sight words in a remote tutoring room, bank robbers burst into the library to escape from the police. Amanda must use her survival skills to save her tutor and the innocent people who are caught at the library that day.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Damnation Books LLC (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095JNMPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,802,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book For Book Lovers November 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Volunteer's For Literacy" is a very good, entertaining story that gives the readers a look into illiteracy with compassion and empathy. Gretchen Elhassani has used the written word to weave a story that deals with this problem in an entertaining but considerate way.

Amanda is a young mother with a problem, she can't read and it has a great impact on her life. She works as a shift leader at a fast food restaurant because her lack of being able to read prevents her from getting farther ahead than that position. Since she can't read she misses out on reading to her daughter which is what motivates her to change and get help with this problem. She hears about a program her local library has; they have a group of volunteers that work one on one helping people just like her. She goes in and applies for help. She is excited about learning how to read and someday being able to read a book to her daughter. Finally the day comes when she gets that phone call that changes her life; she has been matched with a tutor.

Theresa is newly retired and bored. She decides that she will volunteer for a charity and that would do two things, 1) give her something to do and 2) she will be able to give back to the community in a meaningful way. She does some research and comes across volunteers for literacy and thinks that it would be a perfect fit. She signs up and attends a few training sessions before being paired up with Amanda. After their first meeting both women are excited at the prospect working with each other will give them.

In the meantime Amanda lost a young girl on her shift. She sent her on a break and the girl just disappeared and she feels responsible for her disappearance because it happened on her watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE GOLDEN STARS September 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Volunteers for Literacy
Author: Gretchen Elhassani
Reading is an invaluable tool. It is your doorway or gateway to knowledge, the freedom to explore and learn about different worlds and to understand the wonders that make up the many different areas that authors write about. But, what happens when you are either denied the right to learn to read, cannot afford an education or you live a life that is filled with abuse, drugs, alcohol and wind up having to care for your child and not able to go to school, then you are someone like Amanda. Amanda is struggling to give her daughter a better life but at what expense. A supervisor for a fast food restaurant she spends her days serving rude adults and teens that do not appreciate her kind smile and warm personality. Her staff, young teens, not very energetic, dependable to a point yet looking to do the least amount of work on their shifts. When two young men come into the restaurant one of her employees needs a quick ten-minute break. As Sara leaves with a young man she calls Anthony little did she know that the chain of events to follow would not only endanger her life but others too.

Theresa is looking for something to fill her day and her time. Retirement is fine but she wants to do something meaningful with her life. Thumbing through the paper she comes across an ad for City Volunteers for Literacy and rather than procrastinating she makes that all-important call to learn more. Speaking with the representative of the organization she agrees to come in for the orientation and then take the classes needed to learn how to help adults learn to read. Then, something happens to unite Theresa and Amanda. Amanda is placed with Theresa as her tutor and they agree to meet at a library to begin her tutoring session.
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More About the Author

Gretchen Elhassani used to be into Stephen King, afterwards, she read Ann Rule. Now she reads other indie authors, publishing a blog to help others promote their work.

She has a job, a family, and is going back to school to earn her Bachelor's degree. At any one time, she has multiple writing projects, and is currently working on a breakthrough novel (she hopes) as well as a number of screen plays.


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