Adults scorned him, school children jeered him, yet Charlie was determined that his life would amount to something, that he would have not lived in vain. Born with only one arm, a twisted back, and badly deformed legs, and orphaned while still a boy, Charlie also carried with him the legacy of his resolute mother: “You can do anything you want if you want it badly enough.”
Charlie's will to live — and to live largely — will eventually win him the respect of his peers, the gratitude of his town, and even the love of a very special woman who is able to look beyond his deformities into his noble heart.
Published originally in 1976, Charlie's Monument is a much-loved story that has endured to be embraced by succeeding generations of new readers.
By Sandra, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As I read Charlie's Monument, I found myself identifying with him. This book is empowering to me. The thought that each of us has weaknesses and strengths, and the ability to inspire others no matter what our handicaps or trials in life may be, helped me view the challenges in my life from another perspective. Charlie's Monument is a tale of tragedy, fear, accomplishment and courage. I don't know from a literary standpoint whether it is worth a 5 star rating, but it is worth 5 stars from my soul.