eBully

eBully by Dave Conifer is 99 cents today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 13 customer reviews.  You can pick up your copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/puebV0 into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Vice Principal Steve Lukather is desperate. Just like last year, an internet bully is terrorizing one of his students at Lakeland Middle School. Last time it ended badly when the victim was found with two slashed wrists after an attempted suicide. This year, after a series of nasty computer messages and an indiscreet photograph of Carly Gillette spread through the student body Lukather knows it’s happening again. This time he’s determined to stop the bully in his tracks before Gillette ends up reaching for a razor blade.

Thirteen-year-old Scott Halifax has a juvy rap sheet that could peel wallpaper but he’s just what Lukather needs — a street-smart, tech-savvy kid with no roots. Lukather makes a deal with Halifax: go undercover as a student at Lakeland and nail the bully in return for a ticket out of the County Detention Center and a clean slate.

Once he’s in at Lakeland Halifax teams up with Tom Seidel, the nerdy kid that everyone loves to hate. It isn’t long before Scott, Tom and Carly’s best friend Lisa are working together. It takes a lot of hard work, some sly computer sleuthing and a little dumb luck before they expose the bully. And it’s the last person that anybody would have suspected.

eBully draws on recent headlines about cyber-bullying, including the need to update harassment and stalking laws to reflect new technologies.

“I wish I could give this book more than five stars. This book was a page turner from page 1. I think it should be required reading for middle and high school aged children both. Things are so different now for our children than they were for us. I’ve allowed both my 17 and 13 year old children to read this story. It’s opened up some great dialogue between us. Highly recommend, especially to parents of teenage children.” — Smashwords review

“The author does a wonderful job handling such a difficult subject. He handles it in such a way that I would encourage those with teenagers to talk to your kids about the book and let them read it. There’s nothing too graphic in here and it’s a great young adult (middle school level) book. The only way to combat situations like this is to talk about them and talk loudly. Kids need to know that it’s okay to ‘tell’ their parents and it’s NOT okay to let a bully get away with it.” — Smashwords review.

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