Meet a teen author and award-winning teacher

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Chris Steadman, a senior at La Vergne 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.

“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.

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