About the Book
Sometimes, fate just has it out for you. Shirley Cox has beaten the odds to create a successful career in the insurance industry. She and her fifteen-year-old son, Trumain, are living a comfortable life filled with promise. Shirley is proud of her son—a bright, hardworking, and ambitious young man who has earned his place on the honor roll. But in a heartbeat, everything changes. Shirley loses her job, and the family is forced to move to Clifton Heights, a crime-ridden, drug-infested part of town, where neither belongs. Trumain, struggling to find his way in this new world, begins to make decisions that worry his mother. When he befriends a star athlete named Lark, a boy who is banking on his brawn as his ticket to a new life, Shirley is concerned. The friendship eventually leads Trumain to make life-threatening decisions about the relationship with Lark. Incapable of controlling his temper, Lark is thrown off the basketball team for fighting, and the new best friends must depend on one another for support. Unable to rise above the conditions in his environment, Lark becomes a part of the drug culture he hates. Meanwhile, Trumain fights for his friend and is soon tested in order to survive conditions they both feel powerless to control. Hard Ground examines the impossible choices people make to survive and how friendship can be the most powerful weapon against despair and fate.
About the Author
Denis Gray is the author of A Bigger Prize, Teardrop, Della’s Deed, Lucky, and Benny’s Last Blast!! He lives in New York City with his wife, Barbara. Charles Lilly created the cover image. He has illustrated many book covers, children’s books, magazine articles, advertising promotions, and movie posters in addition to having been an instructor at the school of Visual Arts 17 of his 41-year career. He’s been an artist living in New York City, as his 32 year old son Elliot now carries the legacy forward in Dallas, Texas as a video game illustrator.