Mud Castle Destiny: A Young Adult Novel, Age 16 & Up
Mel Ostrov, author
A boy is born with a permanent disfigurement on his face with no hope for correction. Raised in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, he had to endure taunts, mockery and bullying leading to pathological shyness and self-imposed social isolation. Over the years a family tragedy adds to his tribulations leading to religious conflict, followed by even more devastating consequences during adolescence when a mysterious girl enters the scene.