It’s often easier for a teen to open up about a fictional character before they would share their private experiences with an adult,
Enumclaw, WA (PRWEB) September 30, 2011
Look through your high school yearbook and find 30 faces; two of those people have tried to kill themselves.
Thirty-two percent of students report being bullied during the school year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).* Victimized youth are at increased risk for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, headaches, and poor school adjustment.
At San Diego’s fictitious North Harbor High, students get bullied – to death. WinePress Publishing is pleased to announce their partnership with author L.T. Kodzo for the release of her new book, Locker 572; exposing this epidemic through the eyes of three students who attend the school.
There’s Sheridan Alexander, a senior transfer student who finds an abandoned journal in her locker and learns the truth about a student who’s being harassed mercilessly by her classmates.
There’s the journal’s author, Ribbon Barber, an innocent girl who endures endless insults and scarring abuse.
And there’s Ashley Nobel, Ribbon’s childhood friend, who joined a popular clique in junior high. When that clique turns into a gang of bullies, Ashley must face the consequences that come from being a follower.
“Bullies have been given too much reign,” says Kodzo, who has over 25 years experience teaching and mentoring teenagers. “I wanted to write a reality-based novel that provides a solution for teenagers to silently, but publicly stand up to bullies at their own schools.”
Kodzo’s impetus for writing the book stemmed from countless news reports she read about teens being bullied to death. “There’s something sadly intoxicating about the mob mentality,” she says.
But while bullies can be powerful, bullying is not the majority mindset, she adds. She hopes that Locker 572 stops at least one teenager from making an irreversible decision, and creates a means for teens to discuss the issues of bullying and suicide.
“It’s often easier for a teen to open up about a fictional character before they would share their private experiences with an adult,” she says. “This novel is a bridge that makes it safe to discuss what feels dangerous.”
Kodzo is so passionate about getting her story read by teens she provides special discounts for schools and organizations reaching today’s youth. You can find out more on her website, http://www.locker572.com
About the Author
Consultant L.T. Kodzo is contracted to support business operations for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. As a dynamic speaker and sought after facilitator, people identify with her ability to dissect complicated ideas into digestible slices. Her tumultuous youth has drawn her to champion the edgy issues young people face. Using her website, http://www.locker572.com, Kodzo hopes to reach more people with the message of her book.
For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact
Robyn Williams by phone at 360-802-9758, by email at robyn(at)winepresspublishing(dot)com , or by fax at 360-802-9992. To purchase a copy of this book visit http://www.winepressbooks.com or call 877-421-7323.