Cody – A Novel that Motivates Toward Success
by David K. Draper
Fresh out of college and filled with ambition, Cody drives into town. He plans to stay on his late uncle’s farm only the three months required to collect his inheritance. Then he’ll begin his computer programming job in the fall. But his summer-long stint as a high school teacher of seven local misfits proves to be a learning experience not only for the boys, but for the teacher, too! Cody teaches the required courses, but he also teaches them more powerful lessons about life, success, and the keys to lasting happiness.
Cody trains them as cross-country runners, and they gain strength as they run several miles daily and work on the farm. Their excitement is contagious and grows with each small victory. The boys find new confidence in themselves and their abilities as they set individual and group goals, and they begin to love learning for the first time in their lives.
Then beautiful K.C. Miller steps into his life, and Cody realizes that he must decide for himself if the lessons he’s been teaching his boys are for real!
Cody is a highly motivational novel with believable characters and events. Concepts applicable to anyone trying to be successful make this not only a delightful story, but a powerful learning experience. The final chapter lists 120 intriguing challenges for teens – things to accomplish such as: write your goals and update them as necessary; write a resume; define success; list the qualities that are important to you when you choose your mate; find ways to serve others and do so; exercise daily; choose a talent you want to develop in the arts; learn the history of your community; study the lives of successful people and make a list of the attributes that lead to their success; practice public speaking and speak as often as possible, etc.