Alton Carter is an award-winning author and speaker. He is currently the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks (Oklahoma Book Award winner 2016) and Aging Out which are books about his life journey from foster care through adulthood. He has also authored two inspiring children's books, The Boy Who Dreamed Big and The Boy Who Went to the Library. Carter received his Bachelor’s Degree at Oklahoma State University and is using his story to inspire youth and adults to do all they can to “make the world a better place.”
In 2015, Carter founded the Alton Carter Inspire Foundation with the goal of assisting young people who have lived in foster care, group homes, or DHS juvenile facilities in securing a college degree. A percentage of the book sales from The Boy Who Carried Bricks goes to this cause.
He makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin and their five children.
About The Boy Who Survived
At the age of nine, Alton Carter left home and walked himself into foster care with a dream of someday having a normal life—not a fancy life, not a rich life, but a life without abuse and with regular meals, a home warm in the winter and bearable in the summer, with a family who loved you enough to get you to school every day on time.
Building on his acclaimed book The Boy Who Carried Bricks, the author shares more of his own personal stories of survival making the case that children who survive troubled homes are not people to be pitied but respected—for in surviving what most adults could not, they have earned a moniker no one can ever take away from them: They are a survivor.