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Back Off, Bullies: New Teen Fantasy Novel Has Message to Empower Young Readers


August X, Denver, CO and Brisbane, Australia — A remarkable new book in the red-hot young-adult fantasy market isn't just a great read. It's also giving teen readers the tools they need to successfully manage their daily struggles with bullying, low self-esteem and more.


Just released by Outskirts Press, Unlocking the Poet's Realm, from author and educator Matt Wiebusch, combines heart-stopping action, exciting mental challenges and a positive message for young people.


The novel follows Minnie, a young girl who's ignored by her parents and picked on at school. One day she discovers a magic box that transports her to another land, far off in the future. It's called Buval¾and it's filled with giant talking bees, friendly monkeys, and other bizarre creatures. But this is no pleasure trip. The animals, which have dominion over this land, have brought her here for one very specific reason: to save their world.


Now, armed only with her wits and a cryptic poem setting out her task, Minnie must embark on a treacherous journey across a strange place that's teeming with danger. What she accomplishes could mean the survival of the animals' world¾and of her own. Through it all, she'll discover the shocking truth about Earth's future. And she just might discover the confidence and belief in herself that she so sorely lacks.


The book is sure to appeal to children, parents and teachers alike. As they follow Minnie's incredible journey, readers are challenged to puzzle through Minnie's brain-teasing tasks. They're also witness to her stunning transformation throughout the novel, as she slowly learns how to think more positively and act more assertively¾skills that will help her tackle her family and school issues head on.


"The step-by-step process she follows is exactly the motivation that kids of today need so that they too can feel empowered to take the first steps in bettering their own lives," says Wiebusch, a teacher and expert in behavioral management.


Unlocking the Poet's Realm is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at outskirtspress.com/store.php.


Book Statistics

PB ISBN: 978-1-4327-3714-6

HB ISBN: 978-1-4327-3516-6


Suggested Retail Price:

PB US$25.95/CAN$32.95
HB US$39.95/CAN$49.95


 Size and Format:

6.14x9.21 Paperback

6.14x9.21 Hardback

Page Count: 508

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy