The Stereotypical Freaks Howard Shapiro

Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school’s battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band “The Stereotypical Freaks” because they feel stereotyped by their classmates – smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.

When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?

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Tupelo doesn’t have the Chanukah spirit this year. All her friends are getting ready for Christmas, singing carols and putting up Christmas trees.

It’s not fair, Tupelo thinks, why does she have to be different from everybody else?

“I just wished we celebrated Christmas like just about everyone else in the world,” she tells her mother, father, brother and cousin, Ron, the cool guy in the dark clothes who wears his sunglasses even in the house. “All we do on Christmas Day is eat at a Chinese restaurant.”

Does Tupelo’s story sound familiar? Maybe you feel this way, or one of your best friends does?

Kelly Carter

Tom is clumsy and sister Tupelo spills everything. Their parents nickname them Destructo Boy and Spilleralla. A bully on the school bus hears their names called out by their mom when they leave for school He begins to tease and deride them One day Tom lets him know that they are happy and proud with whom they are The author has an excellent non-violent way of dealing with bullies This is an excellent book for anger management and self worth problems. We rated it four hearts.

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In the Talmud, the traditional book of Jewish law and custom, it states, “Whoever teaches his son teaches not only his son but also his son’s son, and so on to the end of generations.”

Howard Shapiro didn’t have anything quite that deep on his mind when he set out to teach his 6-year-old Catholic sons about Hanukkah, but in doing so he may have upheld that Talmudic tenet, however inadvertently.

“I took the kids to the library to find a Hanukkah book and couldn’t find any at the Carnegie library that weren’t like 20 or 30 years old, so I figured I’d try and write one,” Shapiro, of Moon, explained.

Dan Gigler Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coraopolis author Howard Shapiro ( likes to help kids deal with the hard stuff that he remembers suffering through — like being bullied, the topic of his latest book, Destructo Boy & Spillerella… We Are Who We Are! ($9.95, at local bookstores, through Amazon or Trafford Publishing, paperback). The story, presented in a comic/graphic-novel style, is about 8 year-old-twins Tom and Tupelo, who were given nick-names (Destructo Boy and Spillerella) for their foibles. When the school bully learns the nicknames, though, he meanly uses them to tease the twins.

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