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Jan 5, 2013

Can ONE PERSON make a difference in another person's life? Laura Schroff lives just two blocks away from Maurice Maczyk in downtown Manhattan in a brand-new penthouse apartment. Maurice lives in a one-room apartment(yes, one room)in the projects with eleven other people who come and go (when his mother isn't in jail and they still have a roof over their head).

Laura is a highly successful executive at USA Today. Maurice is an eleven-year-old boy begging on the streets. Two people, and two different worlds, come together on the day that Laura stops and offers to take Maurice to McDonald's for something to eat. Laura and Maurice begin meeting regularly every Monday to have lunch together. Laura knows that Maurice is hungry and scrounging for food throughout the week, so she packs a lunch for him to pick up on his way to school each day. Thus begins a friendship that grows, and remains, to this day.

This story is an emotional roller-coaster ride. I guarantee that you won't be able to put the book down once you've started reading it. And you won't look at that person you see begging, or just walking aimlessly on the street because he's homeless, in the same way ever again. You just might begin to wonder what you can do to help because you'll understand that one small gesture, from one person, can make a real difference in someone's life.

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