Margo is pretty, popular and unsympathetic to just how intense bullying can get. As a counterfeiting plot sweeps through the city of Oak View, life for Margo will change dramatically.
With a mystery unfolding, an unlikely group of heroes emerges. Bullied teens love them, the police hate them and bullies fear them. Together they will try to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting mystery while ingeniously teaching a few bullies a lesson or two along the way… that is, if the police don’t catch them first.
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A 38 year old native of Los Angeles, Mr. Smith began his writing career after getting news that he would soon become an uncle. Wanting to create stories and characters for his expected niece, he created the children’s book series “Sock n Boots Adventures.” The two characters (three year old Sock and five year old Boots) began to make names for themselves, generating downloads in countries around the world.
When asked about his motivation to tackle the subject of bullying in a 108,000 word novel Smith said, “One day I came across a story in the news about a young girl that jumped in front of a subway train after weeks of bullying. As I investigated further, I was shocked at the number of similar stories I encountered. Bullycide, the news was calling it. I thought, wow, what if these young people had been shown that the pain of bullying can be handled without hurting themselves or someone else.”
Ultimately it was thoughts of his now four nieces and three nephews dealing with bullying as they get older that weighed heavily on the decision for Smith to write the story about bullying. “I recognize that the characters and situations in the book may not represent every bullying situation and that realistically the book won’t change the world, but I do sincerely hope that it sends a subtle message about there being life after bullying. We’ll just have to see how the public receives it,” Smith said.
A lover of mystery and espionage stories, Smith is a fan of everything James Bond. A favorite scenario is to see a character in an impossible situation get out of it at the last second or have the odds against them and see he or she turn the tables. Acting on the love of espionage and mystery, Smith has a new novel in the works centering on a James Bond-type character of his own creation.
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This novel was wonderfully put together. It touches a tough subject of bullying and does a really good job of grabbing the reader emotionally and tying them to the characters. The story is not just straight forward you will learn quickly there are many characters and story lines but in the end they are all connected together somehow through being bullied or being the bad guys. Character development was spot on for myself as I felt like I could play the story very well in my mind and picture each character as they should be. This I find lacking in some novels. I felt a mix of emotions throughout but couldn't put this book down. I literately walked around with this book in my hands for a few days so I could read every spare minute I had. That to me is a good sign that this is a great novel especially as the kids are home on vacation and I was able to quickly devour this book.
The topic of Bullying is very hard to read as I have been a victim of it back in middle school and then my son went through it in jr. kindergarten. This book is about teens and bullying and is very tough read as I can't even imagine living in this day and age where bullying has taken a huge leap from name calling and spitting.
I love how the author mixes the story with a money laundering scheme where teens are targeted and asked to sell drugs. It is really a MOB type of story. The teens that finally do group together and stand up against the bullies are pretty amazing group. I can't wait for book 2!! I am hooked on this series and hope to read more from this author.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars! A must read especially for teens that may be having a hard time through school.
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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~