LaVergne High School student self-publishes book

Mar 16, 2022 at 11:26 am by WGNS

Photo of Chris Steadman. Story by Grayson Lee Maxwell

Chris Steadman, a senior at LaVergne High School, has self-published his first young adult book on Amazon. 

The book, called “Time to Scrap,” chronicles the struggle of protagonist Joseph, who aims to win a fighting tournament and rise from a life of poverty, gangs and violence in his urban neighborhood. 

“Time to Scrap is about a teen entering a fighting tournament to help save him and his family. Steadman said. “And while it may sound like and seem like a video game, he has to face the harsh reality of life along the way and deal the negatives and positives while still getting stronger.” 

Steadman chose to write a book because he wants other youth to enjoy a love for reading and writing, he said.

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“Many kids like me in my community just want to do sports, or music, but this is different and can show them and inspire them to do different things,” Steadman said. “It can also encourage younger people and teens to read. Many don’t see it as ‘cool,’ but if they see someone like them doing it, then maybe they would see it differently.  

The 133-page book was published Jan. 21 and is currently available to purchase on Amazon. A digital version of the book is also available at no cost for current Kindle subscribers. 

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