About the Book
Author: Joseph Forte
Illustrator: Bob Goodall
Genre: Children's Short Story
Number of Pages: 32
Synopsis: Always There is an intriguing, empathetic story that captures the reader’s attention from the initial turn of the page. Thomas Mays is a young local from Eden. His usual Saturday morning bike ride adventures reveal the truth about the Parkside Bridge homeless man who became the town’s unfathomable hero. As his journey continues, clues are left behind and Thomas’ life is changed forever.
Each day Thomas rides his bike on a path along the canal he sees a homeless man playing his harmonica. The man is always there and seems to want to interact with Thomas, but Thomas always ignores him. One day Thomas hears a reporter on TV talking about a homeless man who rescued people from the canal. He learns the man's name is Edmund and his quick thinking earn him the title of 'local hero.' Thomas decides he may have misjudged Edmund, but as he rides by the canal Edmund is no where to be found. Strange clues with complex messages are left in his place and Thomas feels the loss. Will he ever understand the valuable gift Edmund has given him?
Always There is a gentle tale that teaches children about compassion and understanding. Joseph Forte's words are powerful as he reminds us that things aren't always as they seem and if we take a moment to see with our hearts life takes on a whole new meaning. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, Always There is moving read. The ending gave me goosebumps!
I highly recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.