Alton Carter

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Biography

A former foster child and police officer, Alton Carter is director of youth ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He is author of the award-winning book, The Boy Who Carried Bricks. The father of two sons, Kelton and Colin, he loves spending time with his family, working with youngsters, and fishing. He makes his home in Stillwater, with his wife, Kristin, and his boys.

 

 

 


Schedule

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Chamber
Book Talk
Aging Out

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
The Boy Who Dreamed Big

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Aging Out

Winner of the 2017 In the Margins Award for Nonfiction.

While still a little boy, Alton Carter walked away from his violent, drug- and alcohol-riddled childhood home believing the worst life had to offer was behind him. He was sorely mistaken. After surviving a troubled foster care system and becoming the first in his family to graduate from high school -- with a college scholarship in hand no less, he found himself at age eighteen, as so many young people do on the cusp of life: scared, lonely, and all on his own. This is the story of how he aged out of the foster care system only to have his college dreams shattered, and how he found the courage to face his past and dare to take the steps to the life and family he always dreamed he would one day have.

 


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The Boy Who Dreamed Big

The Boy Who Dreamed Big is the story of how a foster child was inspired by his elementary school teacher to use his imagination to overcome his obstacles. She taught him that if he believed in himself and worked hard, his dreams would come true and he could be whatever he wanted.

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