From teenage runaway to class president

A novel inspired by a true story

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Boy at the Crossroads by Mary Ford

At only thirteen years old—arrested for being part of the Mercury Gang because the boys only stole Mercury sedans—Conley Ford, on a whim, decides to run out on probation, skip school, and put his thumb out instead.

Follow Conley on a journey to find his way and make a life in a world that never quite feels like home. Based on his true story as a runaway in the 1950’s, the book is sure to make you think, laugh, and pull on your heartstrings.

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Mary Ford, Author, Editor & Writing Coach

About the author, Mary Ford

Mary Ford is a retired, award-winning journalist who spent twenty-eight years as the editor of two successful, small-town newspapers in Massachusetts. She met Conley in 1971 and has always been fascinated by his story. They live in Scituate, Mass. with their dog, George. This is Mary’s first novel. 


Mary Ford, Author, Editor & Writing Coach

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Publisher Paper Raven Books interviewed author Mary Ford on her new release “Boy at the Crossroads: From Teenage Runaway to Class President.”

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 Review – Boy at the Crossroads

The pace of the narrative, highlighted by the insertion of colorful details and revealing memories, keeps the reader fully absorbed to the very end.  It’s a tale of resilience that would appeal to anybody from a young adult starting out in life, to a senior like me, looking back at memories of life’s challenges.  It’s a “2 thumbs up” read!  Full review here>> 

Diane Snyder

Columnist, Hingham Journal

Boy at the Crossroads

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Boy at the Crossroads by Mary Ford

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Boy at the Crossroads by Mary Ford

Boy at the Crossroads

Now available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle ebook

Mary Ford

Author, Editor & Writing Coach

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