Lisa Head New Book Tells the Story of Calbert, an Average School Boy who Deals with Ernie, the Certified School Bully

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Compelling Book Tackles the Serious Subject of School Bullying

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Bullying can occur in nearly every part, in or around the school building. Though bullying may occur more frequently in physical activities, such as recess. Hallways and bathrooms are also prime locations for bullying. Bullying is also a problem on school buses and at bus stops while waiting for school buses to arrive. In classes that require group work and/or after school activities, also leave the possibility open to bullying. But then again, how does a typical school boy gets rid of a bully in school?

Calbert: The Second-Grade Cowboy written by Lisa Head tells the story of an average school boy named Calbert who is fond of playing a cowboy with his buddy Roland during the weekends but is afraid to go to school during weekdays because he always must find a way to face down Ernie, the certified school bully. Ernie makes life unbearable for Calbert in many ways, but he especially enjoys picking on him for being an adopted child. He always makes fun of Calbert for being adopted and says that neither Calbert’s birth mom nor his adoptive mom wanted him and his brothers.

Calbert wonders why he is Ernie’s favorite victim at school. He learns from Roland, his trusted friend that Ernie’s dad died a couple of years ago, and Chuck, his step dad doesn’t really like him mostly because Ernie looks like his real dad, and he has the same name as him. It makes Chuck jealous of Ernie’s dad. Sometimes he gets really mad at Ernie for no reason. He doesn’t have any true friends except for Munch, his pet dog.

But, when Calbert and Ernie found themselves trapped together in a fire at the school building during a dress rehearsal for a school program, they must find a way to work together to escape with their lives. Will Calbert and Ernie be able to put aside their differences, in order to survive? Or will they end up being burn into ashes?

Thought-provoking and entertaining as well, Calbert: The Second-Grade Cowboy tackles a timely and serious subject of school bullying to which parents of children and children themselves can actually relate with. Calbert’s story will awaken the minds of the readers to an alarming situation that continues to exist not only in the school system but also generally, in today’s society. Furthermore, it represents to readers an arresting story that depicts two contrasting personalities in Calbert, an adopted child showered with love by his family and friendship by his peers. And Ernie, a child longing for love from his family and friendship from others but doesn’t get one therefore ends up being the school bully.
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About the Author
Lisa Head is an elementary music teacher and is a foster/adoptive parent. She has fostered children for several years. She has taught music for 26 years in a nearby public school system. Lisa has cared for and worked with many traditional and therapeutic children throughout the years. She lives in Plymouth Indiana, with her three sons, two dogs and a cat.
Calbert: The Second-Grade Cowboy * by Lisa Head
Facing the Bully
Publication Date: May 24, 2012
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 69 pages; 978-1-4771-0420-0
Trade Hardback; $15.99; 69 pages; 978-1-4771-0421-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-0422-4
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