Have You Or Someone You Know Ever Been Bullied?
If “YES”, School and My Bully Experience, A New Anti-Bullying Book, is the perfect read for anyone in need of guidance.
“School and My Bully Experience”, a new book about combating bullying by author Frank Joseph Minichetti, blends delightful stories with helpful tips for middle schoolers and young adults who may feel like they are alone or afraid and are in need of help.
Join Joseph Minnow as he travels back in time to the year 1965, to his early years in school and his various encounters with bullies. Most of Joseph’s memories are happy ones; however, bullies have inflicted their damage and left some rather bad memories, too.
Thirteen-year old Joseph is good-natured, extremely timid and very trusting of everyone. Given these personality traits, Joseph soon discovers he is the perfect target for bullies, like the mean-spirited Butch Barotti, his first bully encounter. Joseph feels like he has a sign on his back, “Please Bully Me.” However, being bullied is not Joseph’s only concern, he also has to deal with his 8th grade teacher, the dreaded Sister Superior, who rules her class with an iron first. Despite her diminutive stature (four foot, five inches tall), Sister is terrifying. Wearing a black habit, her eyes are dark black, like the eyes you see on some stuffed animals, and her voice is a high-pitched shrill comparable to the mythological monster “the Banshee.” The students called her “TNT.” (For the unfamiliar, TNT is a highly explosive substance). School and My Bully Experience contain stories detailing the numerous antics of Sister Superior and other teachers that have a major impact on Joseph and his classmates.
After graduating from 8th grade, Joseph encounters new challenges in high school. In fact, the young man must deal with a whole new wave of bullies. He is presented with the opportunity to face his fears and overcome his shy and timid personality by standing up to and fighting his nemesis, the bully Xavier Steele (alias, Xman). This is Joseph’s first fight, which has a surprise ending that leaves his friends and classmates shaking their heads in disbelief. He experiences other firsts as well, his first dance, first class trip, first job, first boy/girl party, and more importantly to a young boy his first girlfriend and first kiss. Unfortunately, Joseph realizes that bullies will inevitably have a negative impact on most of his firsts.
School and My Bully Experience tells the story of Joseph Minnow as he goes through adolescence into young adulthood. Eventually, the story morphs into the present time when Joseph becomes a father and works as a substitute teacher. As an adult, Joseph realizes that bullying has reached epidemic proportions and discovers that his daughter Emma has also become a victim. Moreover, he is dismayed when he witnesses the latest form of bullying –“Cyberbullying.” Now anyone can become a bully. The Internet can empower people and encourage cruel, thoughtless behavior, like the “Cyber Girls”, a group of teens that ban together to bully others.
Although bullying is a serious subject, School and My Bully Experience contains funny and moving stories, while highlighting the quirky characteristics and unique personalities of people who played pivotal roles in Joseph’s journey. Finally, School and My Bully Experience addresses such topics as “Why People Bully” and “What To Do If You Become a Victim.” It is this combination that young readers will find both entertaining and informative, which makes School and My Bully Experience unique amongst books written on this subject.
“School and My Bully Experience” is a chapter book written for ages 9-13, and for the young at heart who want to help themselves or someone they know rise above the personal struggle of being bullied.
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Hello, my name is Frank Joseph Minichetti. I’m the author of School and My Bully Experience. I was born in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey in an army hospital because my father, Romeo, was serving in the United States Air Force. I received my elementary education at Saint Joseph School in Lodi, New Jersey. Much of my early years were spent at my grandparents and uncle’s Florist, where I enjoyed spending time with them and learned to appreciate the importance of family and flowers.
When I was thirteen-years-old my family moved to Fairfield, NJ, where I attended West Essex High School. After graduating high school, I went on to Seton Hall University to study business and political science. Additionally, I took various computer related courses. After college I landed my first job, working as a Systems Analyst for a major bank. After a career in banking, I worked for an internet-based recruiting company and held the position of IT Director – Business Intelligence.
I spent most of my career in the field of Information and Technology. Although throughout my career I wrote business and technical documentation and content for various websites, I finally fulfilled my life-long dream of writing a book(s).
Currently, I work as a substitute teacher, enjoying my interactions with students. My favorite subject is Language Arts, of course.
I’m a passionate reader and writer. I especially like to write fiction books primarily with young readers in mind (ages 9 through 13). When writing, I focus on a variety of topics including social issues mysteries and science fiction. My first book is titled “School and My Bully Experience” and was published on December 21, 2019.
When suffering from writer’s block, I can be found at the Jersey shore, sitting on the beach, gazing at the ocean for inspiration. One of my favorite things to do — dog sit for my daughter’s toy poodle, Peanut.
Peanut’s favorite food: Anything edible.
Peanut’s favorite activity: Running free in my backyard.
I have a wife (Bette), a daughter (Kris Ann) and a son-in-law (Peter) and live in Bergen County, New Jersey.