Fourth Grader Faces Fears in Coming-of-age Fiction

CALIFORNIA, Md. (September 26, 2011)—This week, local author S.E. Simpson celebrates the nationwide release of her new book, “Ginger and the Bully,” a coming-of-age story about a girl who dreads entering fourth grade.

In the story, 10-year-old Ginger Ryan and her best friend, Melody, have been split up for the first time since kindergarten, and Ginger has the meanest teacher in school, Ms. Lindell.

Just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, they do. The new kid in school sits right next to Ginger, and his goal in life is to make her life a living nightmare. As if that's not bad enough, she is also dealing with a pesky older brother and a best friend who has turned into a snob. Readers learn if Ginger can survive when it seems everything about fourth grade is going horribly wrong.

Simpson has been writing stories and poetry ever since she penned her first poem in the second grade, a poem that won a red ribbon at the county fair. She lives in Mechanicsville, Maryland, with her daughter, four cats, and one dog.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at

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