Rougemont, NC (PressExposure) October 13, 2006 -- Everyday Heroes is a sensitive and somewhat humorous story about a fourth grader named Jesse and his friend, Bruno, a child who is the constant victim of Mud, the class bully. While the story focuses in on the problems that children face when dealing with bullies, it also addresses the pain that kids feel when a parent leaves. With Everyday Heroes written from Jesse's point of view, though, there is a wonderful kid-quality to it that keeps it from ever becoming too heavy in tone.
"At Mangum Primary, you can't go any higher than fourth grade, so fourth graders rule the school. The reward was clear to the other students; they looked at you as bigger, better and smarter! Then there was Mud who liked to make others fear him. What a jerk! Did he really think anybody was going to want to be friends with someone who acted like a bully?" Fortunately for Jesse, he has a loving, intelligent mother who shows him how to build right relationships with others through increasing his sense of charity and goodwill. Thus Everyday Heroes is a story that can bring a sense of empowerment to children. It is not only a learning lesson in overcoming fear and learning to stand up for oneself, it's a book that provides kids with ways to build a healthy sense of self worth, especially if they see themselves as not fitting in or equal to others. Utilizing a most creative solution to the problem, Everyday Heroes shows that through volunteerism and fundraising efforts an effective stand can be taken against bullying and violence. The story also makes evident to teachers and parents the vital importance of teaching friendship skills.
After taking an early retirement package with Verizon in 2003, and with two diplomas from the Institute of Children's Literature, author Monica Moore embarked on her love of writing for children. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN). Everyday Heroes is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on other works-in-progress. She lives in the rural county of Rougemont, North Carolina, with her teenage son, Josh, and two wonderful dogs, Elvis and Clyde.