News and Reviews
The bullying prevention program I was asked to develop back in 2014 by the Boston Public School District is now in pilot in the Warren Prescott K-8 School. A huge thanks to Principal Michele Davis, Teacher-in-Charge Karen Elias, former BPS Academic Superintendent Dr. Domenic Amara, and all the teachers and parents for their support in helping get the program off the ground and running. So far the program has been a huge success and we look forward to what is on track to be a whole community transformation with respect to dealing with the problem of bullying. 3/10/2016
A wonderful review of What YOU Can Do About Bullying by Max and Zoey has just come out from R.R. Howroar, the pen name of Matt Lorentzen, a book reviewer and the author of a wonderful Seuss-esque children's book, The Legend of Wally Gonkers. 3/10/2016
Kirkus Reviews had some nice things to say about What YOU Can Do About Bullying by Max and Zoey. 2/29/2016
A big thanks to principal Kristen Evans and the 4th and 5th grades at Sheehan Elementary School in Westwood, MA, for having me in to talk about the Bitopia and bullying. And no, I have not forgotten my promise to have you all considered as extras, if not for lead roles, in the movie!
To date, Bitopia has been used in classrooms and as assigned reading in at least 32 states.
Bitopia and Understanding Bullying have been selected as recommended books by the Excelsior Project, a suicide and bullying prevention nonprofit organization based in Ohio.
The Sheehan Elementary School in Westwood, Massachusetts, has made Bitopia required summer reading for the 4th and 5th grades in preparation for a formal discussion on bullying and respect at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
The Belmont School District in Massachusetts had incorporated approaches and techniques in Understanding Bullying into the guidance curriculum.
The Ottoson Middle School in Arlington, Massachusetts, will be implementing lessons from Understanding Bullying for the 6th grade in the 2013-2014 school year.
How the education and empowerment approach worked for my three-year-old son on Psychology Today. (4/29/2013)
Bitopia named to Kirkus Reviews' "Best of 2012"!
Bitopia received a starred review by Kirkus Reviews!
Review of Bitopia by Publishers Weekly. (2/18/2013)
Blog review of Bitopia in Book Dreaming's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday column. (3/11/2013)
Blog review of Bitopia by Once Upon a Book. (3/4/2013)
Blog review of Bitopia by The Write Stuff. (2/25/2013)
Top writer's site LiteraryRambles.com allowed me to publish a tip for writers! (2/19/2013)
Blog review of Bitopia and Understanding Bullying by Outnumbered 3 to 1.
Blog review of Bitopia and the Understanding Bullying by Central Minnesota Mom.
Blog review and books giveaway of Bitopia and the Understanding Bullying by It's not like a cat...
Blog review of Bitopia and the Understanding Bullying by Motherhood Moment.
CollegeXpress.com Q&A with Ari on bullying.
The novel and guide are currently under review by 12 school districts in Massachusetts.