Thursday, October 13, 2011

Joe Lawlor--BULLY.COM

Joe Lawlor grew up on Long Island with three sisters and no brothers.  To escape unwanted sisterly love, he hid himself away in his closet or sometimes in the limbs of the tall oak in his backyard.  When he couldn’t get far enough away, his imagination was his escape.  While other boys his age bashed their action figures together, Joe created extensive backstories and family histories for each.  Even at an early age, character motivation was important.  

These days, Joe works as a middle school English teacher. He enjoys the challenge of working with adolescents, while he secretly takes notes on his target audience.

Book Description: Seventh grader Jun Li is a computer geek, more comfortable interfacing with PCs than people.  His solitary world turns upside down when the principal accuses him of posting pictures on the school’s website that expose the eating disorder of one of his classmates.  To prove his innocence, Jun has seven days to track down the true cyber bully, bringing him face-to-face with computer hackers, jealous boyfriends, and a principal who wants to expel him.

Favorite superstition: Though not superstitious now, Joe can remember a time when he would regularly check under his bed.  That’s where the worst of the monsters live.

BULLY.COM will be published in April 2013 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

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