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New Faith-Based Youth Novel Helps Teens Explore Teen Bullying and Suicide

Contact: Robyn Williams, WinePress Publishing, 360-802-9758, robyn@winepresspublishing.com

ENUMCLAW, Wash., Sept. 30, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bullying and suicide are major issues that confront today's teenagers every single day. According to statistics two out of every thirty people have attempted suicide during their high school years.

WinePress Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Locker 572, by author L.T. Kodzo that helps today's teens facing the tough issues of self-worth, acceptance, and bullying. Set in the fictitious school of North Harbor High in San Diego, Kodzo introduces readers to young characters that closely resemble many of today's teens.

When Sheridan Alexander, a senior transfer student, discovers an abandoned journal in her locker she learns the truth about Ribbon Barber, a student who's being mercilessly abused by her classmates. Readers will discover how the various high school friends and acquaintances deal with the epidemic of teen harassment.

Kodzo draws on her over 25 years experience teaching and mentoring teenagers to weave this poignant story.

"Bullies have been given too much reign," says Kodzo. "I wanted to write a reality-based novel that provides a solution for teenagers to silently, but publicly stand up to bullies at their own schools."

Kodzo was motivated by the countless news reports she read about teens being bullied to the point of suicide.

But while bullies can be powerful, bullying is not the majority mindset, she adds. She hopes that Locker 572 stops at least one teenager from making an irreversible decision, and wants teens to discuss the issues of bullying and suicide.

"It's often easier for a teen to open up about a fictional character before they would share their private experiences with an adult," she says. "This novel is a bridge that makes it safe to discuss what feels dangerous."

Kodzo is so passionate about getting her story read by teens she provides special discounts for schools and organizations reaching today's youth. You can find out more on her website, www.locker572.com.

About the Author
Consultant L.T. Kodzo is contracted to support business operations for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. As a dynamic speaker and sought after facilitator, people identify with her ability to dissect complicated ideas into digestible slices. Her tumultuous youth has drawn her to champion the edgy issues young people face.

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact Robyn Williams at 360-802-9758, or email
robyn@winepresspublishing.com. Purchase online at www.winepressbooks.com or call 877-421-7323.