What's Cool and Cruel About School

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iUniverse, Apr 30, 2010 - Fiction - 152 pages
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Enjoy a walk through a day of school with Matt (Dinky) Dinkins a likeable eight grader with an uncanny sense of humor, quick wit and a keen understanding of how to get through some early life experiences. He’s the kind of kid any student would love to hang with and call a friend.

He will take you on a hilarious educational learning experience through his eyes. He literally gives you the Cool and Cruel about School as you enjoy the antics on the bus ride, meet his friends, walk the hallways, observe classes, meet his teachers, stand by him as he gives his Student Council speech, experience cafeteria food, and yes, even arm wrestles a girl in a school-wide competition to crown the champion of East Lake.

With Dinky as your guide, you will also take part in many more events during the day’s journey. At every twist and turn a lesson is learned on how to cope with various situations students might experience during these crucial years of life. Some dilemmas encountered are very serious, while others are silly and funny. All, however, will be familiar to readers of this age, parents and educators.


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Fred Petrella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey and has been a life-long resident of the Garden State. He graduated from Jersey City State Teacher's College, currently New Jersey City University, in 1967 and later earned graduate degrees from JCSC and Seton Hall University. He has spent more than forty years in education as a teacher, coach, and principal in both public and private schools. His public school teaching experience ranged from kindergarten through high school, while his administrative roles included principal of a K-2 school and Middle School Director. He was also a principal of two private high schools for special needs students and a long time Adjunct Professor of Education at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset, New Jersey. While still in the classroom, he and a business partner began a college placement service and co-authored the very successful, self published book, called The College Process. The book outlined a program for parents and students to develop an individualized plan for the systematic approach to college selection, application, acceptance and the financial aid process. This text became an invaluable tool for clients and their parents to follow. It was also used by the authors in their many seminars and in classrooms. In 1968, Fred Petrella was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam and Cambodia from 1969-1970. He has been a guest speaker for many years, sharing his war experiences with middle and high school students. His war experiences also became the background for a semi-fictional story entitled "A Mother's War", published in a military magazine. Mr. Petrella lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey, with Elaine, his wife of forty years. They have two daughters, Cristen and Jacquelyn. Cristen, a former social worker and graduate of the University of Delaware, is married to Rod Lauzon. They live in West Grove Pennsylvania and have two sons Jackson and Ryan. Jacquelyn graduated from the University of Philadelphia and lives and works in Philadelphia as a project manager for Digitas Health. Mr. Petrella recently has recently retired from his job as principal of Sage Day High School and is now concentrating on his writing and speaking career.

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