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"From the opening car chase, this book grabs readers and holds on as it blossoms into a complex action-adventure with multiple intertwining plots. Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too." -Kirkus Reviews

"An awesome book. Five Stars" - Team Lit Pick (2013 American Association of Librarians award winner)

"Mind Over Bullies is an uncompromising and powerful look at bullying. What's most impressive about the book is that it's an unflinching look at the problem of bullying within a page-turning mystery. Suspenseful, shocking, and introspective, Mind Over Bullies manages to be both informative and entertaining. It may be a dark and difficult read at times, but this is core to what makes it such a provocative and important work." - Self-Publishing Review

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     I've been asked many times how I came up with the concept for Mind Over Bullies. Well, I am a big fan of superhero type stories, especially movies. But of course, the bullying epidemic is real and in a horrifying way. For example, when doing research for the book I came across a story in the news about a young girl that jumped in front of a subway train after weeks of bullying. As I investigated further, I was shocked at the number of similar stories I encountered. Bullycide, the news was calling it. I thought, wow, what if these young people had been shown that the pain of bullying can be handled without hurting themselves or someone else.

     So, the challenge became how to take such a terrible, real life experience like bullying, and merge it with my superhero gene. I wanted to make a story that was not only realistic so that victims of bullying could identify with it, but also one that had the superhero element that would make people stand up and cheer. Seeing people rave about a movie after it's over and even having intense feelings about a well-developed movie myself has always left me with a desire to tell stories and take people on mental journeys. I knew I would never have a career in film, so writing was the next best thing for me, and I went about writing Mind Over Bullies like a director creating a film. I wanted to create highs and lows to take the readers through a range of emotions. I crafted some portions to help readers feel for the characters and other scenes that create the moment of triumph for the underdog, the kind of scene that makes a movie audience applaud.  

     I wanted to have a multi-racial cast of characters with a wide variety of personalities in the hope that readers would connect with one of them. It was important to me that the main character be a strong teen female, being that teen girls make up the largest population of bullying victims per most reports. My goal was to let young women, and young men, see a teen battle bullying head-on and gain strength in the process as opposed to the more prevalent alternatives of victims hurting themselves or others.

     I recognize that the characters and situations in the book may not represent every bullying situation and that realistically the book won't change the world, but I do sincerely hope that it sends a subtle message about there being life after bullying.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Khamicom (May 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1511825634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1511825634
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,487,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I very much enjoyed this book even though I had a hard time believing it. I know it was about kids being bullied but for me, a 56 year old woman, I had a hard time believing that a cop would constantly call a high school girl for help on a case. I think teens would enjoy this and not question it as much as I did. I would have cut the London plot out, just to make the book shorter.

I also think people should be told that while the original story does have a conclusion, there is a cliffhanger. You don't HAVE to read it, but be aware that it's there. And as far as I know, book 2 is not on the horizon. (If it is, let us know.)
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One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”

----Michael J. Fox

D.K. Smith pens his latest novel, Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms , that is a coming-of-age story about children getting bullied in high school and how an anti-bully committee is formed who can take drastic measures to teach the bullies a lesson, moreover, there's a money forging case that will keep the readers on their edges.

Synopsis:

Margo is pretty, popular and unsympathetic to just how intense bullying can get. As a counterfeiting plot sweeps through the city of Oak View, life for Margo will change dramatically.

With a mystery unfolding, an unlikely group of heroes emerges. Bullied teens love them, the police hate them and bullies fear them. Together they will try to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting mystery while ingeniously teaching a few bullies a lesson or two along the way… that is, if the police don’t catch them first.

An anti-bullying committee is formed to teach the bullies a lesson by applying strict and harsh means with the help of their latest technology. Then there is a money-forging scandal that involves some of the anti bullying committee and the only connection between the two is a teenager named Margo. Read the book to find out more about this mystery.

The writing style is crisp and clear with a strong and catchy narrative. The prose moves smoothly considering the fact that there involves a suspense revolving around money. The book unravels itself like a mystery plot and has a thorough depth in the story.
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I was delighted to be chosen to read and review Mind Over Bullies as all three of my kids struggled with this problem - the oldest to the point the community police had to step in. How would author D.K. Smith offer a novel that captured the YA reader's attention and weave in his anti-bullying message? I was intrigued. The biggest challenge for me at the start was stepping back into that YA mindset. Having raised three avid readers, I consumed YA books right along with them, but it's been a few years.

To say this book has a complex plot is an understatement. You have a bullying theme, a counterfeiting theme, a second location overseas and a little side plot thrown in (why is Preston so interested in Matthew?). I will offer absolutely no spoilers - you'll have to read Mind Over Bullies to find out. Despite the numerous threads, the story hangs together well - something I can assure you as a fellow author is not easy.

When my kids were growing up, I always looked for YA books with strong female role models for my daughter, so was pleased to see a girl - Margo - as the main character. Her journey from bully to bullied is offered early on to set the tone for what is to come. To help keep the YA readers attention, Smith presents very extreme examples of bullying - not totally unheard of, but outside the standard of what most teens face - to bring home the message of the hell the victims experience on a daily basis. After a personal crisis point, Margo gathers a few other outsiders to try to educate the bullies, hoping to bring about a change of attitudes.

The way these teens tackle the bullies is also very extreme - not something the average kid could pull off.
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I won this YA novel in a contest on Shelf Awareness (I just love that newsletter). I’ve picked it up several times to start reading and put it down several times. I could never get past page 40. Yet, there was something compelling about the story line that kept pulling me back. After reviewing some of the remarks on Goodreads and Amazon, I was determined to give read this book.

I didn’t buy the opening car chase scene that involved two teenagers as part of a larger counterfeiting ring where the police not only pursue them in a high-speed chase, but actually send a helicopter. Maybe it’s because I’m not a tween or teen, but to me it didn’t seem plausible.

There are several things I like about this novel:
• Strong female protagonist and antagonists.
• The main plot is bullying and the willingness to combat it.
• The diversity of the characters.
• It has GREAT bones.

The things I didn’t like are:
• Too many plot lines. The one about Ellis in London should be deleted; it’s irrelevant and confuses the reader. I had to keep going back to figure out what that was going on with those characters. The plot line about the anti-aging drug/terrorism that comes up in the last third is confusing. The counterfeit ring and the bullying are enough.
• Too many characters that are not truly defined. Yes, Margo and Kat are distinguishable, but the rest all blur together. I can’t remember reading any physical descriptions about the characters that would set them apart.
• The cover is unappealing
• I saw MOB and thought Mafia.

As I stated earlier, this book has GREAT bones. I think another re-write is in order if there is a second printing. The ending gives the allusion that this is the first book in a series. I believe that Smith’s writing will get better as he or she continues to write.

I give Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms 2 out of 5 stars.
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