- File Size: 318 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (October 21, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G3IUEDG
The kids at Ralph Bunche Middle School love to pick on Elliot Kravitz-Carnucci. He struggles with his weight, looks like a geek, makes top honors, and lives above the Carnucci Home for Funerals in South Philadelphia with his distant, workaholic father and Nonna, his quirky, overbearing grandmother.
Since his parents divorced, he splits spending his time with his funeral director father and his mother Rayna, who dreams of becoming the queen of commercials on the west coast.
At the hands of his peers, Elliot experiences a series of bullying episodes that escalate from entrapment in a school supply closet to a brutal “swirly” (head dunk in the toilet) that lands him in the hospital emergency room.
Elliot has a small circle of loyal friends and a mentor named Duke, an aging school custodian, who root for him to overcome his bullying issues so that he can enjoy his life as a teenager and a budding singer/performer. Can Elliot win his fight against the nasty bullies, or is he doomed forever? Read this funny, sad, and crazy book to find out.
Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Book Tour for Elliot K. Carnucci is a Big, Fat Loser: A Book about Bullying by Catherine DePino, a Middle Grade (8-14) fiction book available now from Book Baby Publishing. The tour will run June 16, 2014 to July 18, 2014, and Catherine is available for guest post and interviews. An ePub and Mobi copy of the book is available for review in conjunction with a guest post or interview.
Having 4 children that have all been bullied at some point in their lives, mainly while attending the public school system, I was very interested in reading this book.The author does a wonderful job developing characters that are real and likeable. I felt so horrible and sad for Elliot at the beginning of this book. His life was such a mess and it seemed he would not find his way out and remain a victim suffering at the hands of Kyle and his friends.
I adored watching how Elliot learned to step outside his comfort zone and make new friends and lean on others,allowing them to help him gain confidence and control back over his life. No man is a fortress unto one self and I think Elliott found this out.
Catherine did a wonderful job tackling the bullying issue with the sensitivity and attention it deserves. I can easily recommend this book to family and friends.
Catherine will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So please visit all those participating and leave some comments.
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What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I recently published another book for soon-to-be retired women called Fire Up Your Life in Retirement: 101 Ways for Women to Reinvent Themselves. It aims to give practical advice to women facing this big milestone. Since I’m retired, I discussed a lot of issues I personally faced and talked to other women about the challenges and joys retirement brings.
What draws you to this genre?
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I don’t keep a set schedule. I like to be flexible and write when I want to. Some people need more structure, but I find that I work better when I feel like writing rather than when I force myself to sit down and produce during a certain time period. Once I begin a writing task, however, I stay with it until I complete it. I’m very disciplined that way.
I never pressure myself that way because it won’t work for me. Some days I feel like writing more, and other days, less. In the end, I always complete what I set out to do. If an editor gives me a deadline, I work steadily (but at my own pace) until I complete the project.
I usually write on a computer, but when I’m formulating ideas for a book, I usually write longhand. I like to cluster ideas to see where they lead me. Gabriele Rico’s book Writing the Natural Way is an excellent source for learning about clustering.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
When I write a non-fiction proposal,I have to outline every chapter to see what I’ll include. With a fiction book, I outline a general plot on the back of a file folder and then see where the idea ends up. Sometimes I scrap my original plan and try going in a different direction with plot and characterization. But that’s the fun part of the writing process. The most important thing is not to be too rigid and to go where your instincts take you.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
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