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“In the beginning, God created idiots. This was for practice. Then He created School Boards.” — Mark Twain

Now, finally, 150 years later, the sequel!

chain_gang_elementary cropped coverIn honor of the NEA Convention and Representative Assembly currently being held in Atlanta, I’m giving away the ebook version of Chain Gang Elementary! This 100% off coupon is good at and works for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other mobile devices. Everybody’s eligible for special treatment! So crowd into the classroom and get it today!

Of course, if you’d rather pay for the book that’s fine, too. You can buy the Kindle, Nook, or iPad versions for just $2.99 for a limited time. The paperback is available at for just $11.66 — more than $4 off the suggested retail price. You can also purchase Chain Gang Elementary through Barnes and Noble online or at your favorite bookstore.

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Chain Gang Elementary is:


Required Reading” at PTO Today
“Book of the Month” at Indie Books List
“Offensive on so many levels”
4.3-star rated on
Free (Kindle, Nook, and iPad editions)


The Story: After a murder at Bonaire Elementary, Richard and Anna Lee Gray seek a good school for their son Nick in a safe neighborhood. Their search leads them to Malliford, a “school of excellence.” When redistricting sends scores of minority students to Malliford, iron-willed Principal Estelle Rutherford declares war on kids to raise test scores and save her reputation. Dissident parents revolt, electing Richard to head the Parent-Teacher Organization, and tensions explode. Welcome to Chain Gang Elementary, home to vast right-wing conspiracies, 3rd-grade gangsters, and bake sale embezzlers–where toxic childhood secrets boil over, reformers go stark raving mad, and culture wars escalate into armed conflict.

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For a taste of what’s ahead, check out this excerpt: “All Hail the Standard Hightower Intellachievement Test!” (Warning: Do not use acronym in public).

Also, you can buy my award-winning novel Brambleman for only a dollar! Click for details.




PTA embezzler spits out gum, pleads guilty

SpringfieldJordan Lyndsay Joy-Peck, 30, of Springfield, Missouri is pleading guilty to just one count of theft despite the fact that she’s been accused from stealing from both the PTA and Girl Scout troop at Wanda Gray Elementary School.

The amount the former PTA and Girl Scout leader took is undisclosed, but part of the plea deal to keep her out of jail requires restitution of “about $2,500” to the PTA. At one point, she reportedly repaid missing Girl Scout funds with a check written on the PTA account.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Judge Dan Conklin ordered her to spit out her gum at the start of the hearing. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26.

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