26 Cents

26 Cents

Fourteen-year-old Rupert Samuelson, aka “Fat Boy,” just wants to fit in—or at least not stand out. But when you’re a 6-foot-tall, 280-pound middle schooler, people tend to notice you for all the wrong reasons.

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Fourteen-year-old Rupert Samuelson, aka “Fat Boy,” just wants to fit in—or at least not stand out. But when you’re a 6-foot-tall, 280-pound middle schooler, people tend to notice you for all the wrong reasons.

A bully at school twists a simple act of kindness into a video that goes viral and turns Rupe into the butt of an ugly joke, and  there’s nowhere to hide.

When Rupe’s best friend, a tiny but spunky girl named Sam, stands up for him, neither could have guessed that things were only about to get crazier.

But once a “Fat Boy” always a “Fat Boy” because everyone knows the internet lives forever.


It is estimated that one in four teens will become a victim of bullying and that one in ten will experience cyber-bullying. For some, the scars of bullying last a lifetime. 26 Cents takes an honest look at how bullying affects today’s youth. It is written with the understanding that life isn’t always wrapped up with a tidy bow.


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Endorsements
“Rupe is a self-conscious kid navigating the perils of fitting in, and Sam is the best friend we all wish we had. 26 Cents is a timely middle grade novel about the influence of social media and the importance of choosing kindness. Readers will undoubtedly want to ‘be like Rupe.’”
– Michelle Riggs, elementary school librarian
“26 Cents demonstrates how a simple act of kindness can help others gain the confidence to overcome their own struggles. This story is a great example of how we can transform negative behavior into conscious empathy for others.”
– Dete Meserve, bestselling author of Good Sam
“There’s a lot to be said about courage of conviction, possessing the strength to stand up for what you believe in, and ultimately having your heart in the right place. Rupert has all three of these things.”
– David Fleming, bestselling author of The Saturday Boy
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About the Author
Matthew Venza

Matthew Venza is a husband, father, and teacher with more than twenty-four years of experience helping children to grow their love of learning as well as keep their room clean. His debut novel, 26 Cents, takes an honest look at an issue that many kids face each day, bullying. His years of experience in teaching have allowed him to know both the bully and victim: their motivations, their pain, and their struggles.
When not chauffeuring his children to their next game or planning the next lesson, he can be found in the kitchen preparing a four-star meal on a one-star budget or being dragged out for a walk by his two rescue hounds.

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Genre: Middle Grade Novel
ASIN: 1950714136
ISBN: 9781950714131
List Price: 12.97
eBook Price: 4.97
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