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September 28, 2013 / mommylok

Kicking off October’s National Bullying Prevention Month with Little Joe

Recently, I’ve been working with Gracie Barra Long Island to spread the word about their Anti-Bullying program.  After we hosted our first ever #NoRoomForBullying seminar, I was approached to review Little Joe (book one of the Round Rock series), a historical fiction by author Michael E. Glasscock III.  With the approach of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, I thought this is the perfect time to share with you this book.

When Michael E. Glasscock III was growing up in the segregated South, he witnessed his share of bullying.  Now, at 80 years old, Glasscock believes every young person must eventually learn how to deal with a bully.  In his new book Little Joe, Glasscock follows one young man on his journey through ups and downs in the heart of the South after his parents pass away.  Struggling with being raised by his grandparents, forging new friendships, and confronting bullies, readers will delight in learning life lessons along with Little Joe.

At first, I was hesitant to sit down to read Little Joe.  I was just too consumed with everyday life activities.  However, it wasn’t a book that I wanted to just throw into the pile and forget.  Bullying is such an important issue to me and sharing about it in any way I can is a priority.  So I kicked everyone out of the house for some peace and quiet reading time.  And I’m glad I did.  While I haven’t finished the book yet, I’m a few chapters in and am having a hard time putting it down.  The author does a good job of pulling you in, setting the emotional introduction for Little Joe.

About Little Joe:

It’s the 1940’s and the rising events of World World II leave a lasting impression on even the  youngest of Americans.  In the Deep South, the Jim Crow laws, enacted after the Civil War, creates a system of apartheid designed to keep African Americans in their “proper” place.  Seamlessly blending American history with the tale of one young boy’s plight, Little Joe provides a glimpse into growing up during a time of two wars: once occurring outside of, and the other within, our country.  Little Joe is just nine years old when he is the sole survivor of an auto accident that kills his parents.  Orphaned, he goes to live with his grandparents who teach him about standing up to bullies, war, the Jim Crow laws, and what forgiveness means.

Through Little Joe, Michael Glasscock III brings to light various themes:

  • A world war can, even at a vast distance, have a frightening effect on children
  • The loss of parents suddenly at a young age can be emotionally life changing
  • Childhood friendships have the power to overcome anxiety of adjusting to a new life in an unfamiliar setting
  • Every young person must eventually learn how to deal with a bully

Now that I started the journey with Little Joe, I cannot wait to finish it.  If you have time, I hope you’ll pick up the book and join the journey with me.  Little Joe and The Trial of Dr. Kate (book two of the Round Rock Series) can be purchased from www.amazon.comwww.barnesandnoble.com, and through major and independent booksellers upon request.

Remember, October is National Bullying Prevention Month – share, educate, speak up.  It’s the best thing we can do for our children.

About the Author

Michael E. Glasscock III M.D. F.A.C.S. spent most of his career in Nashville, TN in private practice at the Otology Group, which he founded.  While there, he was also a clinical professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He founded the American Journal of Otology and the Ear Foundation and has published over 260 peer-reviewed papers in the otolaryngology literature and was the editor for six editions of Surgery of the Ear.  Dr. Glasscock is currently is an Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, practices at the Glasscock Hearing Implant Center in Houston, TX, and is a consultant to three medical device companies.  In addition to his outstanding medical career, Dr. Glasscock is the author of the Round Rock Series, with Little Joe being the first book in the series.
Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes; no other compensation was received for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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  1. biculturalmama / Sep 29 2013 2:09 PM

    What an interesting book on such an important topic. Thanks for writing about it!

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