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Things I Wish My Teacher Knew About Me

Take a deeper look into Joseph’s life as a disengaged student and examine the intersectionality of how and why cultural misunderstandings and well-meaning but misguided approaches contributed to his low performance and disengagement. Each chapter lays out an experience that every educator will encounter during their career. Starting out in first grade and going through to Joseph’s senior year, the challenges that he and his peers had in school are examined. Each chapter also explores alternative and simple approaches that Joseph feels teachers could have taken to better engage him. Take the journey through Joseph’s elementary, middle, and high school years and see how his teachers hurt him, healed him, and helped him to find his place in the world.
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The Dropout

Follow the high school drop out Joseph Mathews as he takes you on a journey through his troubled life and shares with readers the events that lead to him dropping out of high school. Joseph's debut project, The Dropout gives a very vivid and detailed account of what makes a kid want to drop out of school. He shares with readers his early life as an honor roll student and explains how that all changed. Joseph also shares many lessons with young readers about the destructive lifestyle he was living, the friends he lost along the way, and the eventual trouble that led to him going to jail when he was 17 years old. But just when it seemed like Joseph's life was over his story demonstrates that even when you've made mistakes and bad decisions, never give up because there is a dream inside of you, and that... ...Sometimes in life all you will have is a dream, so hold on to yours. The Dropout a must read for students, educators and parents.
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Wrestling for My Life

With every choice that you make in life you will be faced with a challenge that requires you to fight. Some of those fights will be for respect, some of those fights will be for your dreams, and some of them will be for your very life. Life is about fighting for the dreams that you choose to pursue. You have a choice to succeed or to fail, you have a choice to breathe or to suffocate, you have a choice to live your life to the fullest or to die empty and unfulfilled. This desire to live your life to the fullest is the fight that you must not back down from. Ultimately, no one can take what belongs to you if you are willing to fight for it. Wrestling for my life is a true story of a kid who would not give up in spite of the odds. 
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Me and My Homies

Joseph shares some of his most hilarious, sad, and real life lessons from his extraordinary life. Through several thought provoking stories, he discusses the tough choices and challenges that many youth will face, when it comes to life and friendship in and out of school. Using his trademark humor and ability to give sound advice, Joseph provides a detailed account of how good choices and decisions can save your life - and how the wrong ones can cost you, 
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Why Do Boys Make Girls Cry?

If you are a girl and you have always wondered why boys do the things that they do this is the book for you! Finally, a relationship book for teenage girls about teenage boys!!! Through real life stories about sex, cheating, lying and heartbreak, Why Do Boys Make Girls Cry? attempts to explain why many boys are misunderstood and do silly, hurtful, and sometimes heartless things to girls. Inspired by his own life as a young player, author, Joseph Mathews shares many truths about boys from a male perspective that many girls may not know or think they already have figured out. Are you ready to go on a journey of learning the real truth about boys? Then grab your book, your pencil for journaling and your girlfriends and let’s talk.
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