RAY WENCK

Author. Educator. Lecturer.

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After a violent car crash that leaves him disfigured, twelve year old Derek, his confidence shattered, becomes morose. He is unwilling to leave the house afraid his friends will think him a monster. Derek's father, Brian, has what he hopes is the solution to his sons fragile emotional stateā€”an excursion to the comic con dressed as his favorite superhero, Mashup. Derek relates to the hero because he too his disfigured. The fact he can wear a mask convinces Derek to go with his father.There, Derek meets two people who restore his confidence and alter his life. Douglas Manning, a wounded vet with a prosthetic arm and leg who has not let his injuries stop him from enjoying life. And Amanda, who accepts him for who he is despite his scars.The Con is a warm and emotional story about rising above life's obstacles and not being afraid to be yourself.