Author Kim Westrup’s new book “The Bridge Committee” is a riveting work of realistic fiction bringing a boisterous 1960s-era high school and their teachers to vivid life

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Recent release “The Bridge Committee” from Page Publishing author Kim Westrup is a compelling novel set in the turbulent sixties, when teenagers confronted the lure of drugs, the cultural ramifications of integration, and the normal, universal stresses of adolescence.

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Kim Westrup is a teacher who earned his degree in elementary education in 1960 and who views his career as a vocation to be cherished rather than simply a job. He has published his new book “The Bridge Committee”: an evocative story drawn from his years of experience teaching and interacting with young students in midcentury America.

“The Bridge Committee” is a novel. The only nonfiction aspect is the title itself, which is derived from a dignified-sounding name applied to the growing group of drug users whom the author managed to become close enough with to try to modify their behavior while teaching American history in junior high school. Other labels at that time could have included druggies, druggers, and burnouts. Using a nonjudgmental, individual approach, a teacher of fifteen-year-olds could and did have considerable impact. The stress is enormous, the setbacks frequent, and the frustrations painful. The reader is asked to avoid or at least resist allowing the fictitious plot to interfere with the aim of believing in the character of young people struggling through adolescence. They need positive role models. The sixties was a decade of turmoil. Against a backdrop of unpopular war there were protesters of almost everything. The most influential of these topics for the school-aged population was the forced racial integration of public schools. “Bussing” became a swear word. Those reaching puberty seemed the least ready for this kind of adjustment. The plot shows how well-meaning sanctimonious action can spiral out of control.

Published by Page Publishing, Kim Westrup’s engrossing book is an entertaining choice for young adult and mature readers.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “The Bridge Committee” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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