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Bill Thomas’ New book will be featured at this year’s New York Library Association

From author Bill Thomas comes an endearing story of a little boy who overcomes the challenges that come his way. Made available through Xlibris, Billy Jo and The Monsters of the Moat will engage young readers and teach them an important lesson about never giving up.

Once, in a town not so far away, there lived an unusual boy named Billy. He wasn’t a bad looking kid and seemed rather normal. His head was a mop of blond hair and he wore a huge smile with dimples…that is, when he smiled. But he was still weird. Ten years old, skinny as a bean pod and already five foot tall, there was something about him that caused all to pause for a moment and think what a strange little boy he is. Billy was different, but he was not born this way.

Billy Jo and The Monsters of the Moat tells a story based on a true story. Ten-year-old Billy was happy, funny, and fun to be around. But after a traumatic head injury, he was never the same. He was bullied by his teachers, good friends, and others. He moved to a corner where he closed the world out. He collected anger and a world of his own where monsters were his friends and protected him. This engaging tale lets kids be aware of other people’s pain especially victims of bullying. It also shows how Billy never gave up and instead worked hard to overcome many challenges.

This book will be featured at the 2011 New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, NY, on November 2 to 5, 2011. For more information on Billy Jo and The Monsters of the Moat, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Bill Thomas suffered a Traumatic Head Trauma when he was ten and after his injury he was bullied by the very people he needed to trust. He was easily confused, frustrated, and then angry. It was Pammy that helped him through his earliest trials.

People never thought he would amount to much and this was his trial. Life is about overcoming obstacles so his motto is, “Live life and let life happen. Be kind and love one another.” The author came out from his shadow of despair—he sought to become a writer and a public speaker. Through his faith in God and His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, he has accomplished so much.

Billy Jo and The Monsters of the Moat * by Bill Thomas
Publication Date: April 25, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 32 pages; 978-1-4628-6079-1

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