A lot can happen in a year, and that’s exactly what’s happened to Dakota this past year—a lot. He’s a junior now, and this past year’s hard work has definitely been paying off. His grades are better, and so are his sport’s results, especially wrestling. He’s got his sights set on earning a college wrestling scholarship, and has a definite plan for college and his life beyond that. It’s been a good year, but Dakota knows there’s no way he would have made this much progress if it hadn’t been for Granddaddy. Today is his birthday, and it was exactly one year ago that he spent the afternoon talking to his mysterious granddaddy. The problem is that he hasn’t seen or heard from Granddaddy since last year’s meeting, and there’s no guarantee he’s going to show up out of the blue like he had last year. Dakota’s been envisioning it though… another day where they talk about anything and everything. He’ll fill Granddaddy in on all the things he’s accomplished over the past year, and Granddaddy will share more of his secrets for winning the game of life. In fact, everything was about as perfect as it could be, until it wasn’t. In this sequel to The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men, we catch up with Dakota’s journey and follow him as he struggles towards his goals and dreams in spite of a series of harsh realities that threaten to permanently knock him off course.
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Dan Blanchard the Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Speaker, and Educator, as well as, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education and Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform and is now on the speaking circuit for them. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Finally, Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force.
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