Trina Lacy knew all about survival. Since her accident, she has been determined never to feel like a victim, but live life as a survivor. Her classmate, Mark Jacobs did t think he deserved to be a survivor. Plagued by guilt for his role in his parent's death, he felt life was t so great. Trina's ex-boyfriend Lucas James felt guilty for the accident he caused that left his former girlfriend scarred. When Trina proposes a fundraiser to be held at Windows on the World for their community service project Lucas and Mark jump at the chance to help. Each of them has their own reasons. Once in the Towers, they decide to divide and conquer. They had t expected someone to fly planes into the Towers. They never expected to face escaping the burning towers with all the odds stacked against them. Now the fears they have been carrying with them must be dealt with as they take steps to get out. The question is, will they survive the events of 9/11?
Sandra Stiles is a National Board Certified middle school teacher by day, and a writer and book reviewer by night. Steps to Courage is her first book inspired by events in her classroom on 9/11. She was encouraged to write books for her reluctant readers by some of her students. She lives in Florida with her husband, her mother, and her cat who rules supreme. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, painting, quilting, and taking quiet walks along the beach.