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Hurricane Andrew's wrath has devastated South Dade County.
Root High took a beating but will answer the fall semester's bell and open its doors to thousands of traumatized teens from a range of ethnicities and socio-economic strata. Some may have fared better than others during the storm, but none have anywhere else to go.
During a year fraught with tension and desperation, the kids at Root High will fight, they'll fall in love, they'll vie for social superiority, and experience unrest that will push the school to the brink.
Through the lens of her Sony Handycam, senior Johnette Derringer documents the underlying strife that binds Root’s students and sees the spark that could set the school ablaze with anarchy.
The question she keeps asking herself is can the imminent uprising be quelled before it turns deadly?
Books by Fred Smith
The Closet: stories
The Closet introduces ten new emotional short stories with compelling characters vying for glory, atonement, or redemption any way they can find it.
Sometimes brooding, often heart-rending, always impassioned, the tales within offer a glimpse into the American struggle and reveal truths we don’t always expect—or admit.
Invisible Innocence: my story as a homeless youth
by Maria Fabian with Fred Smith
For most high school students, senior year is a joyous time filled with unforgettable memories.
For Maria Fabian, senior year marked the time she lived alone in an abandoned apartment with no electricity, heat or running water.
This is the story of a homeless youth told through the eyes of a trampled soul who found the courage to believe and the strength to come forward so others may finally understand a problem that our society can no longer ignore.