Set in 1970s Appalachia, “The Boy Who Skipped” illustrates what it’s like to grow up academically gifted in a time and a place where finding something as simple as a map of the sky was a challenge. Among the story’s highlights are a leaking pipe that provides cover for an escape plan, what happens when you fire a rocket at your classmates, and why being an unconditional friend can have life-transforming consequences.
Adkins credits his high school drama teacher with cultivating in him the life skills of hard work, appreciation of criticism and a belief that with enough effort, nearly any challenge can be overcome.
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