Friday, May 20, 2011


It took six months, but EAGLEBAIT reprint in soft cover is now available at all on-line book stores!! Originally published by Harcourt, the Young Adult novel won a number of awards, among them the International Reading Association's "Young Adult Choice," and the NY Public Library's "Books for the Teenage."

Theme: Bullies in the schools. My 14-year old protagonist, Wardy Spinks, has been a loser for as long as he can remember. Freshman year in high school he becomes the butt of malicious bullying. Eventually, Wardy's life begins to change. First, a charismatic science teacher becomes his mentor. Then, quiet Meg from biology lab seems friendly. And Big Vi takes on a life of her own. Most importantly, Wardy discovers his attitude makes a difference in how others treat him. If Wardy Spinks doesn't feel like a loser, maybe he won't be one.

One of my favorite national reviews is from BOOKLIST: "Wardy is a multidimensional protagonist whose misery, as he tries to find himself, is realistically drawn. His situation will resoonate with meaning for junior high students who may have experienced similar problems with self-acceptance."

EAGLEBAIT is cited as a resource on numerous anti-bullying websites. It is a great tool for educators, counselors and others who work with kids who might run into situations like Wardy's. Girls identify with the book as much as guys and adults frequently comment that the pace and style of EAGLEBAIT make for enjoyable grown-up reading.

I'm counting on lots and lots of my blog-followers to go to the Internet and pull up Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Borders, Backinprint, or iUniverse for orders. Cost is $12.95 plus minimal shipping charges.

Thanks, everyone!! My website:

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