Mary and Bobby and their Noble Spirit home welcome teenage foster children. Not many places do. Ghost, Char, Tully, Big Jerome and Graydon are very lucky to have such warm and welcoming foster parents and an environment that demands work while allowing for being part of a family. Everyone has chores and each of the teenagers has much in common with the rescue horses that Mary has collected. They are learning to care about each other, as much as possible given their circumstances.
Caroline Wissing has a special place in her heart for lost children. She shared her thoughts in a recent interview with Kevin Craig at www.trythisbookonforsize.blogspot.ca:
"I dislike social injustice in all its forms, and find social injustice crops up as a theme in a lot of my writing. Homelessness is a national shame and should be everyone’s concern. In terms of teens, I was one and I remember how difficult it was to manage my emotions. I’m now parenting a teen and a preteen and I see how much they struggle with the pressures and choices that they have to make. I find teens need a parent, or at least a positive role model, more at this age than they did when they were younger, although they don’t seem to know it.
Without a stable a home, teenagers are terribly vulnerable. I think they want the same thing we all want: to feel safe. I’m not qualified to give advice to struggling teens, but it helps to remind them that these are probably the toughest years of their lives, of anyone’s life. Anyone who tells a teen that these are their best years is doing more harm than good."