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April 30, 2016



Children's American Heroes Series

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
-Theodore Roosevelt

(from Amazon)
Deep in the political trenches of the nation’s capital, eight-year-old Jamie Douglas mourns his mother’s recent death. With a strange and lifelike teddy bear as his only companion, Jamie suffers alone from his father’s neglect and the harsh ridicule of two cruel classmates. Senator Paul Douglas works all day and night in a desperate attempt to forget the loss of his beloved wife. At his lowest point, Paul becomes the victim of a political tug-of-war. Two powerful rivals each want something from him. Each promises retribution if he does not fulfill their wishes. Burdened by a decision that could alter the nation’s power structure, Paul finds himself weaker and more fragile than his young son. Enter the Colonel. Theodore Roosevelt returns to Washington with all the fervor, bombast, and humor that marked his previous life. No other character from history possesses the experience, knowledge, and practical sense to help the Douglas men solve their problems and repair their broken relationship. Wielding his big stick for all to see, America’s great Bull Moose prepares Paul and Jamie for a final showdown against their respective bullies. If he can just stay out of trouble, Theodore Roosevelt might be the family’s best hope...
  • Series: Children's American Heroes Series
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Oakline Books (March 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692676376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692676370

Ryan StallingsBiography

Ryan Stallings is the author of the Children's American Heroes Series, where famous
characters from U.S. history return to the present day to help young friends overcome their challenges. His debut novel from this collection, Bully!, has received critical acclaim for its humorous and educational depiction of Theodore Roosevelt as he romps through Washington D.C.
His first novel for adults, Limping Along, about a man entering his mid-life crisis, won a merit prize for humor from the Colorado Independent Publisher's Association.

Ryan lives in North Carolina with his wife and three kids

A father's neglect and a mother's death is a lot for an adult to deal with let alone an eight year old.
Jaimie is hurting and the only thing he has is his life size teddy bear.  He not only has his mother's death but his father's neglect to deal with but he is tormented and teased (bullied) by mean and cruel kids at school. 
Jaimie's father forgets about his wife's death by working away the hours. Paul Douglas, Jaimie's father is a senator and becomes involved in  struggle between two  big and powerful  people who are putting out ultimatums if demands are not met.  With a decision that will possibly hurt the country, Paul starts to give up, becoming less and less able to function.
Then, the only one who can help the Douglas family comes back to Washington and starts to help them solve their problems. Both the father and son are being bullied.  Hard to think of a grown man as being bullied but that's basically what it is. Kids can be so cruel but so can adults. Especially after losing their loved one, Jaimie and Paul have little left to believe in, very little self esteem to go on and no self confidence. The bullying just reduces those things even more until you begin to believe what the bullies say.  You believe that is the only truth. Roosevelt begins to get Paul and Jaimie ready to face their bullies.  Will the two being bullied be able to face their opponents and win? If they don't go with their last possible way of winning, with Theodore Roosevelt, they could lose. It's their only chance.   What if it doesn't work?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Ryan Stallings, in exchange for my unbiased view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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