To prepare for Karen's virtual visit, I asked her some questions about Stop the Bully.
Q. Brian is a somewhat unusual name for a 21st Century child. How did you come to choose it for your main character?
A. Brian is an old fashioned kid with old fashioned morals. I named him Brian from the very inception and it just stuck.
Q. There’s an interesting twist in the book. I won’t give it away, but here’s a question; did you begin with the twist in mind or did it come up later?
A. The twist idea and the ending came first for me. Then I wrote the story backwards, giving clues to the mystery, making sure the twist would only be revealed in the final chapter.
Q. STOP the Bully has an arresting and powerful cover design. (See below.) Could you tell us a bit about that?
A. I wanted a cover to be provocative, eye-catching and a tiny bit controversial. So, the teacher or parent would ask the class, what do you think the story is about? Are the characters assertive or aggressive? In reality, the cover depicts two different scenes where Amelia in one scene and Brian in another, save a bullying victim from the bully.
Q. STOP the Bully seems to me to be an excellent book for classroom read-aloud. Is that the way you envisage it being used, or is it more of a novel that just happens to have this particular subject matter?
A. YES, I envisage teachers reading a chapter or two each day leaving the kids wanting to hear more. (Fingers crossed). I would love children to be hooked in until the very end when Brian’s story is solved and resolved. STOP the Bully is perfect for spring-boarding discussions on bullying strategies and resilience.
Thanks Karen! Read on for more on this brand new book.
|STOP the Bully, by Karen Tyrrell|
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