Authors Turn to To Publish Book Attacking No Child Left Behind Act In Time For Election

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The Seattle-based father and daughter publishing team of Beth and Ross Yockey wanted to make sure their satire of the Bush AdministrationÂ?s education policy, "Strictly for the Birds: an Allegory of Political Folly," was published in time for the election in November. That urgency led them to turn from traditional publishers to (, a rapidly growing on demand publishing tool for books and ebooks.

Strictly for the Birds: an Allegory of Political Folly

Editors at some of New York’s biggest publishing institutions will be surprised this week when a new book criticizing the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind policy hits the stands, the stands that support computer monitors, that is. The Internet is the only place readers can buy "Strictly for the Birds: an Allegory of Political Folly," the new novel by Ross and Beth Yockey. The book will show up in a couple of weeks in online retailers like, but it is available now at in both a paperback and an e-book version through at:

The authors are a Seattle-based father-daughter team who penned the book over the summer in reaction to what they saw as the increasingly obvious failure of the education policies of President George Bush. They were turned away by traditional New York publishers who thought they were crazy to try to get a book out in time for the November election. The Yockeys turned instead to, whose on demand publishing technology allows them to publish their book and sell it worldwide instantly.

In the tradition of Orwell’s "Animal Farm," "Strictly for the Birds" is an allegorical novel set in the Republic of Birdland in which school principal Etta Cormorant struggles to implement NoBLO, No Bird Left Out, the brainchild of a president known as The Eagle. The hero of the book is Hannah Kiwi. “Not since Aristophanes has anyone done so much with birds! The Yockeys have a winner here,” writes Dr. Albert J. Harris of the University of Louisville.

While this is the first book for artist-social-critic Beth Yockey, Ross Yockey is a veteran of publishing, journalism, television and marketing with fourteen previously published books to his credit. In the 1970s he won several Emmys for a documentary on New York’s failure to educate its mentally handicapped citizens. He has also authored biographies of musicians Zubin Mehta and André Previn, and of high-profile deal maker Hugh McColl, former chairman of Bank of America.

The Yockeys’ novel is available in both a paperback and e-book versions at:

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