Charlie Cliché's Oft' Told Tales

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Author David Kenneth Mull has written a series of short novels based on the adventures of a “military brat,” Elmo Reginald Burfoot II, nicknamed Charlie Cliché. He is a boy who has traveled with his parents all over the world and has had to learn how to fit in at new schools without being bullied or ridiculed for his birth name. The best method he has found is to become a storyteller.

David Kenneth Mull is a native of Ohio and taught in the Akron Public School system for thirty years. He has run a dozen marathons, has ridden in more than twenty week-long bicycle tours, and with his wife, Alice, is an intrepid traveler.

There are more stories about Charlie to follow.

Mull is also the author of The Death of Old Man Hanson (also published by Royal Fireworks Press). He says that he wrote it “as a fun, short, non-threatening book. It proved to be a wonderful teaching tool and an encouragement for the kids in my classes to become writers.”

Author David Kenneth Mull has written a series of short novels based on the adventures of a “military brat,” Elmo Reginald Burfoot II, nicknamed Charlie Cliché. He is a boy who has traveled with his parents all over the world and has had to learn how to fit in at new schools without being bullied or ridiculed for his birth name. The best method he has found is to become a storyteller.

David Kenneth Mull is a native of Ohio and taught in the Akron Public School system for thirty years. He has run a dozen marathons, has ridden in more than twenty week-long bicycle tours, and with his wife, Alice, is an intrepid traveler.

There are more stories about Charlie to follow.

Mull is also the author of The Death of Old Man Hanson (also published by Royal Fireworks Press). He says that he wrote it “as a fun, short, non-threatening book. It proved to be a wonderful teaching tool and an encouragement for the kids in my classes to become writers.”

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His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project

Author: Mull, David Kenneth

Subjects: School Experience; Bullying

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-371-0

Order code: 3710

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3710S

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"The power of science is not to be underestimated. His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project is a story of school and Gilbert O'Shay, a science nerd who comes to the dance with a beautiful girl on his arm. The rumor mill sparks up, as the truth is slow to come out, in this story of Gilbert's friend, Charlie Cliché. His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project is a fine read not to be overlooked for younger readers." – Midwest Book Review

"It is the kind of book that I couldn't guess the ending of. It also shows how mean people can be but I like that he is happy, although he still wants revenge. A very funny book." – Rosie, age 12

His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project is a comedy/adventure tale about Gilbert O’Shay, who is a genius but is so inept in social skills that he has to use science to create a date for his school dance. Or so it would seem. Gilbert O’Shay is mercilessly persecuted for his eccentric appearance and character, but Charlie discovers his secret—and his hilarious project for getting even with the bullies. The school is agog with rumor, the denouement suitably satisfying.

"So much of being bullied stems from not being able to take control of the situation, and students feel helpless and frustrated. In a book like this, students begin to realize there are options and solutions, but they must be a part of that process. There is more than one way to take control, and often humor is the ‘the best medicine.’ This is a book about kids and for kids in today’s world, where we all need ‘a little help from our friends.’" – Robert Bier, reading specialist with 33 years of teaching experience

The author says: “The purpose of the novel is to encourage boys and girls, from upper elementary grades through high school, to read. There is also a thread of values that runs through all my books. They deal with acceptance, tolerance, and open-mindedness, on many levels.”

"The power of science is not to be underestimated. His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project is a story of school and Gilbert O'Shay, a science nerd who comes to the dance with a beautiful girl on his arm. The rumor mill sparks up, as the truth is slow to come out, in this story of Gilbert's friend, Charlie Cliché. His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project is a fine read not to be overlooked for younger readers." – Midwest Book Review 

"It is the kind of book that I couldn't guess the ending of. It also shows how mean people can be but I like that he is happy, although he still wants revenge. A very funny book." – Rosie, age 12

His Date for the Dance Was His Science Project is a comedy/adventure tale about Gilbert O’Shay, who is a genius but is so inept in social skills that he has to use science to create a date for his school dance. Or so it would seem. Gilbert O’Shay is mercilessly persecuted for his eccentric appearance and character, but Charlie discovers his secret—and his hilarious project for getting even with the bullies. The school is agog with rumor, the denouement suitably satisfying.

"So much of being bullied stems from not being able to take control of the situation, and students feel helpless and frustrated. In a book like this, students begin to realize there are options and solutions, but they must be a part of that process. There is more than one way to take control, and often humor is the ‘the best medicine.’ This is a book about kids and for kids in today’s world, where we all need ‘a little help from our friends.’" – Robert Bier, reading specialist with 33 years of teaching experience

The author says: “The purpose of the novel is to encourage boys and girls, from upper elementary grades through high school, to read. There is also a thread of values that runs through all my books. They deal with acceptance, tolerance, and open-mindedness, on many levels.”

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Charlie's Rocky Mountain High School

Author: Mull, David Kenneth

Subjects: School Experience; Leadership; Friendship; Football

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-394-9

Order code: 3949

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3949S

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It was a great year, that year Charlie went to high school in the Denver area. He had a turn at playing football for a legendary coach, and he became good friends with a beautiful cheerleader. He had an extraordinary English teacher and got one of his stories made into a play, which was performed. He made many good friends, but he encountered unexpected problems.  

The football coach was abusive, and he did not like the English teacher. The cheerleader and her family were loyal to the football coach, while Charlie preferred his English teacher. These divisions grew into wide chasms that Charlie was forced to deal with in order to maintain his friendships.

It was a great year, that year Charlie went to high school in the Denver area. He had a turn at playing football for a legendary coach, and he became good friends with a beautiful cheerleader. He had an extraordinary English teacher and got one of his stories made into a play, which was performed. He made many good friends, but he encountered unexpected problems.  

The football coach was abusive, and he did not like the English teacher. The cheerleader and her family were loyal to the football coach, while Charlie preferred his English teacher. These divisions grew into wide chasms that Charlie was forced to deal with in order to maintain his friendships.

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Nobody Like Toby

Author: Mull, David Kenneth

Subjects: Friendship; Rural Life

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-483-0

Order code: 4830

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4830S

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When Charlie’s military family is transferred to western Pennsylvania, Toby Brant is the first friend he meets. Not only is he the most interesting teenager in town, but Charlie soon knows that he has made a friend for life.

Toby collects salamanders, catches fish with his bare hands, and knows how to find food for his struggling and dependent family. His quick wits save the friends from tricky and even dangerous situations as their escapades become more daring. But the more time Charlie spends with him, the more mysterious Toby becomes.

Toby doesn’t attend Charlie’s new school, and he seems to move around even more than Charlie does. Everything he does is drenched in drama, and it all leads up to one confusing and terrifying moment that uncloaks Toby’s mystery.

This is a story of friendship, character, tolerance, and survival.

When Charlie’s military family is transferred to western Pennsylvania, Toby Brant is the first friend he meets. Not only is he the most interesting teenager in town, but Charlie soon knows that he has made a friend for life.

Toby collects salamanders, catches fish with his bare hands, and knows how to find food for his struggling and dependent family. His quick wits save the friends from tricky and even dangerous situations as their escapades become more daring. But the more time Charlie spends with him, the more mysterious Toby becomes.

Toby doesn’t attend Charlie’s new school, and he seems to move around even more than Charlie does. Everything he does is drenched in drama, and it all leads up to one confusing and terrifying moment that uncloaks Toby’s mystery.

This is a story of friendship, character, tolerance, and survival.

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