Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Erase the Problem of Bullying

Bullying, discrimination, teasing, and abuse are harmful. Some violate your civil rights, as well. And all of them are wrong. Bullies nearly kept NBA All Star James Donaldson from a successful basketball career. Abby was bullied by her friends' parents because of her mom's occupation. Federal prisoner Cedric Dean learned at a young age to bully others to get what he wanted, but now works to educate troubled youth. Their stories, along with many others, offer insight into bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the bully. Experts, from authors to retired court judges, share information and resources to help both kids and parents learn their rights and ways to protect from bullying. Others have survived bullying and built successful lives. You can, too!

About the author:
Jill Ammon Vanderwood, mother and grandmother, experienced bullying firsthand when she was in the fifth grade. One boy even brought a gas mask to school for his friend who sat next to her in class!
Jill is the published author of six other books, including the Mom's Choice Award winning book, Drugs Make You Un-Smarter, coauthored by her teenage granddaughter, Savanna Peterson and What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live.
Jill is an experienced speaker and is available to speak at your conference, school, youth group, or camp.
You can find Jill on the Web at www.jillvanderwood.com 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Black Angels


Authored by Cal Clark

The well respected Judge Daniel Adams is murdered in the mid-1950s, seemingly by his daughter Carrie. Police officials circumvent their own investigators and have her committed to the Elm Hill Psychiatric Hospital for Women, instead of being arrested. However, Carol Mason, Director of Nursing, spots several clues which indicate that Carrie may be innocent and that people in the hospital are involved in a cover up. She works to solve the murder and uncover Elm Hill's dark secrets with an informal team of associates who call themselves the "Black Angels."
Their efforts uncover a conspiracy of sex and greed that explains the murder of Judge Adams and culminate in a night of discovery and danger for Nurse Mason and Andy Russell, a university student who is her temporary assistant, in Elm Hill's Violent Ward.

 About the author:
Cal is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Auburn University. While The Black Angels is his first work of fiction, he has authored or edited 25 academic books. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from St. Bernard's School and went to college, a B.A. from Beloit, and graduate school, a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois. He then taught at New Mexico State University in the 1970s and the University of Wyoming in the 1980s before moving to Auburn in 1992. He served as President of the American Association for Chinese Studies (2002-2004) and won the Auburn Alumni Association's Award for Minority Advancement (2007), the College of Liberal Arts' Excellence in Advising Award (2004), and the Student Government Association's Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member Award (2012), as well as receiving a Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Political Science Association (1998). He and Janet, his wife of 47 years who is also a retired Political Science Professor, reside in Auburn. They have three daughters, who are very excited about the publication of this novel, and enjoy reading, hiking, and going to the theatre.