Anne Turner Coppola Pens Young Boy’s Coming of Age Story

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New book ‘The Last Panther’ follows boy’s struggle to discover who he is, his relationship with his father and those around him

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A compelling story of a young boy coming of age, who learns that the measure of a man is not in his size, but what is in his heart, and of the friend who helps him find his way.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Author Anne Turner Coppola wrote three stories in 1993. She died from breast cancer in 2012. Sometime after her death, while sorting through her papers, her husband came across three manuscripts that she had written. Reading the stories for the first time, he believed that these were wonderful stories for children and needed to be published. All three stories are now available through Xlibris and other book outlets.

THE LAST PANTHER” (published by Xlibris) is the story of Mathew Davis, a young boy living with his family on the edge of the Florida Everglades, who because of his short stature, is constantly taunted and bullied by his classmates. It is a story of Mathew’s struggles to discover who he is, and of his relationships with his father, and those around him. Thinking that being able to have a gun, and going hunting will help him secure recognition and respect, Mathew befriends a native Indian schoolmate, Charlie Jim, who teaches Mathew how to track animals and to respect the natural beauty of the Glades, while sharing many adventures together. Their confrontation with an angry alligator, and rescue of a wounded panther provide an exciting climax to their youthful adventures. Mathew’s desire to participate in a pharmaceutical study for the introduction of a new biological agent offers Mathew hope that his short stature can be corrected medically.

“THE LAST PANTHER” shares with readers a compelling story of a young boy coming of age, who learns that the measure of a man is not in his size, but what is in his heart, and of the friend who helps him find his way.

By Anne Turner Coppola
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 130 pages | ISBN 9781499049237
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 130 pages | ISBN 9781499049244
E-Book | 130 pages | ISBN 9781499049220
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Anne Turner Coppola was born in Redford, N.Y., one of seven children. She was 10 years old when her father died. When she was 12, after her mother was hospitalized, she was placed in a foster home in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she attended D’Youville Academy, a Catholic school for girls. Graduating with honors, she was valedictorian of her class and received several scholarships toward her college training. While in college, she met and married her air force husband in 1958. She received her teaching degree from State University of New York at Albany, and her master’s degree from Rutgers University. She taught elementary, middle and high school students at various schools. After her retirement from teaching, she served as president of her homeowner’s association and as ombudsman for the State of Florida, inspecting nursing homes to assure quality patient care. After battling breast cancer for eight years, she died in 2012.

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