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Book Title: Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Chldren’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Publishing
Release date: October 2021
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all ages.
Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they’ll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it’s not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behavior—for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it?
Freeman’s first career was a third-grade schoolteacher in the Passaic School System. Teaching children is her true passion, and she incorporated this passion in her community involvement. Her second career as a real estate broker and appraiser enabled her to open her own real estate company, Prime Realty, with a partner. After thirty-five years, they sold to Coldwell Banker. She loves dogs, playing piano, telling stories, singing, dancing, and sharing wonderful examples of life’s lessons with her grandchildren. Arlene lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She has two sons, Dr. Ted Freeman of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Dr. Eric Freeman of Westfield, New Jersey, as well as three grandchildren: Michael, Max, and Quinn. This is her first book and maybe her third career.
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Bullying is such an enormous problem in schools. Reading Cool Kids can be part of the solution to bullying. Children will be able to see a very positive story about how to be cool in school. Michael and his friends are moving up to middle school and are excited. Michael wants to play football with the bigger kids, but they don’t think he’s cool. He notices that these boys are mean and rude, so Michael starts to mimic their behavior. He wants them to notice him and let him play. But, the more he is mean, he notices that he appears to look scary. Then, he realizes how bad he has behaved and cries. Will he change back to his nice self or continue to turn into a bully?