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April Floyd’s first book, UNIQUE, was published in 2014.
Unique is a little girl with physical and psychological disabilities. Born to a mother who is a drug-addicted prostitute, Unique struggles with low self-esteem that's exacerbated by siblings and other children who torment her because she was born different.
After suffering a tragedy, Unique makes a promise only she could keep. As this pledge binds the rest of Unique's life, it unravels a series of life-changing events—not just for Unique but her entire family.
Take this complex, exciting and emotional journey with Unique as she navigates her way through many difficult struggles in life; until she reaches success on an unimaginable scale and receives what she has always wanted—a united family.
*Contains some intense violence and explicit sex.
The Unique stories are told through the varying viewpoints of the major characters, so we know from the inside how each character feels and why. It moves back and forth in time, from the present to the past and back to the present. People who’ve been mocked for something they cannot control will identify strongly with Unique. Unique will also have a special appeal to the 40 million Americans who suffer from some sort of disability; as well as, family members and caretakers. Fully 17% of the US population falls into this group. Unique is a book for every audience.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR UNIQUE
Unique, April Floyd’s debut novel, introduces readers to six-year-old Unique, a little girl who has witnessed much more than any young eyes ever should.
In telling Unique’s story, April Floyd draws upon her life experiences and observations as a mother, daughter, godmother, nurse’s assistant and a public school bus driver, as her muses. These varied experiences amongst a diverse population have provided April with a rich source of inspiration. Her characters are full of life and down-to-earth causing each reader to correlate.
Unique is the uplifting story of a young girl who is seemingly engulfed in insurmountable hardships. Instead of being drowned under the burden of her dysfunctional family and surroundings; she rises above the chaos, and in the process, also raises the lives and expectations of those who are around her.
The story of how Unique rises above other people’s low expectations of her is inspiring as well as relevant. So many people struggle with disabilities, and yet, with determination and strength of character, anything is truly possible, even with those for whom the bar has been set low; those who are seen by the world as “different.”
The character Unique defies those assumptions; the cards dealt her by life and, with the help of those who believe in her, finds a way to achieve her success through her undying determination and the strength of her character.
Unique is a modern novel that will draw you into Unique’s world. One out of five Americans may feel especially touched by this book, but everyone can relate to it.
It is a whirlwind of emotion, drama, intrigue, and, most of all, passion. It is, indeed, a book that you will not be able to put down or forget.
The Philosophy of Unique
There are millions of children in our country who are never given the opportunity to achieve their dreams because of mental and physical disabilities. Most children with disabilities receive little—if any—direction after high school; which is one of the leading causes of crime. Far too many young adults who have ADHD, bipolar disease, and schizophrenia end up in jail or dead; misunderstood by the police. It is widely documented that males with mental illness have a high rate of criminal activity; while females have a high rate of sexual misconduct. Turning a blind eye to these children and their special needs only compound the problem. The encouraging news is that law enforcement officers are finally being trained to recognize persons with mental illnesses; and how to handle them with compassion vs. violence.
Physically, emotionally or mentally challenged children are different, and their talents are different. All differences should be embraced, not hidden. It is the endless tapestry of human differences that make the world beautiful. Special-needs children require—and deserve—extra love, support, and resources to achieve their goals well beyond high school.
Parents and families with physically challenged children need love and support also. To live successful lives, special needs young adults need the involvement of more organizations dedicated to posting high-school independent living support, employment and socialization.
I wrote Unique with the hope that readers will experience the unconditional love that special-needs children possess. Take a walk in their shoes of everyday challenges. Those provocations impact the families of special needs children; especially low-income families who struggle with emotional roller coasters and expensive medications. Sometimes, family/caregivers turn to drugs and alcohol for temporary relief from the mental, emotional and economic desolation that is often their lives.
Unique will resonate with the 40 million Americans who suffer from some form of disability. Fully 17% of the U.S. population falls into this group. . . Many, if not most of whom have been mocked and bullied.
This unique novel journeys back and forth in time causing the story to be told through the varying viewpoints of the major characters; giving us a rare glimpse into their thoughts and feelings.
I hope Unique will speak to your heart to make a difference.
UNIQUE BY APRIL FLOYD
HOW READERS RESPONDING TO UNIQUE
Sixteen-year-old Jess thought to lose her mother—who was Jess’ world—when she was just a little girl, was the worst thing ever. Nonetheless, Jess has given thanks every day that she has been blessed with her beloved grandma; whom she calls Grandmau-ma. For most of Jess’ young life, her grandma has taken care of her. Now, as life would have it, the tables have turned. Jess is taking care of Grandmau-ma; and, is happy to return the love she and her grandma always shared.
The two also shared a special love for all things Christmas. Jess’s life with her grandma was simple; but happy. It was built upon a firm foundation; which included Christ, Christmas, and the magic of Santa Claus, whom many considered a myth. Jess naturally loved all three.
While searching for more Christmas lights in Grandmau-ma’s attic, an unexpected journey begins. Jess discovers a mysterious locked box that she’s never before noticed. Curious, she can barely scurry down the attic stairs fast enough to find Grandmau-ma and pepper her with questions. Her grandmother patiently sits her down and explains that the box Jess stumbled upon is a very special box; one which cannot be seen by anyone unless they are “the apprentice.” Grandmau-ma’s explanation only inspires more questions from Jess.
Jess unexpectedly embarks upon a quest, with Divine Guidance, to save Christmas and Santa Claus. She learns that her world is only one of many; and, only one of a kind. Even though she is just a 16-year-old girl, Jess quickly realizes that she is “the apprentice” the world has been waiting for and with this stunning, new awareness—through Christ—Jess discovers strength she never dreamed she possessed. With her divine gifts and guidance, Jess knows it is up to her to save Christmas and Santa Claus—Gradually figuring out how they are all linked.
The teenager defies the odds of the “natural” in battles with witches, demons, vampires, wolves, dragons and more. In accompanying Jess on her remarkable journey as “the apprentice,” readers will revel in all the wondrous discoveries of worlds, realms, and lands, as well. They will experience the world saturated with an amalgamation of Greek Mythology, A Creator, Bible passages, and folktales of mythological legends and beasts . . . All mysteriously linked for the sole purpose of destroying Christ, Christmas, and Santa Claus.
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