In her latest emotionally charged novel Jodi
Picoult delves beneath the surface of small town America to
explore the ubiquitous issue of school bullying and the less
ubiquitous but increasingly frequent result of such bullying - a
school massacre. Peter Houghton has endured 12 years of bullying
at the hands of his peers, starting on his first day of
kindergarten. His older brother is no support, in fact he's part
of the problem; the school effectively does nothing; and Peter
stopped trying to confide in his well-meaning but misguided parents after his mother threatened to stop
him playing with the only friend he had in kindergarten (Josie
Cormier) if he didn't toughen up and stand up to the bullies.
As a result, slightly built and bespectacled Peter withdraws
into a world of video games and...
Beyond the Book
is the bestselling
author of fourteen books to date. She
was born and raised on Long Island
before studying creative writing at
Princeton. While still a student she had
two short stories published in Seventeen
magazine. On being told that someone was
going to pay her for something she'd
written she immediately called her
mother who responded. "That's great,
who's going to support you?"
Realism - and a profound desire to be
able to pay the rent - led Picoult to a
series of different jobs following her
graduation: as a technical writer for a
Wall Street brokerage firm, as a...