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A CHANCE IN THE WORLD

An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home

Home is the place where our life stories begin.

It is where we are understood, embraced, and accepted. It is a sanctuary of
safety and security, a place to which we can always return.

Down in the dank basement, amid my moldy, hoarded food and wormeaten

books, I dreamed that my real home, the place where my story had begun,
was out there somewhere, and one day I was going to find it.

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying
existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected
to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books given to
him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he can
only imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a different
life—that one day he will find his true home.

A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name,

he is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his

birth family. Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary
quest for his identity, only to learn that nothing is as it appears.

A Chance in the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and
broken boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and
vision. Through it all, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken
our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create
a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.

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None of us look like our story. ~Steve Pemberton

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