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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Malinda Kirkpatrick-Bertels  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Kirkpatrick-Bertels lives in Edwardsville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kirkpatrick-Bertels received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in elementary education at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She has taught seventh grade English at Highland Middle School for ten years. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Illinois Reading Council (IRC). Lesson plans to accompany ''Just Pete'' are available at the website

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Titles At Your Library

Just Pete
ISBN: 1622953525

Tate Publishing. 2013

Peter Gilmore's adolescent years have been defined by the lonely reality of being an only child and having no real friends, a fact he plans to change when he starts his freshman year at New Haven High School. He is ready to take control of his life by starting a new school with a new Pete. Unfortunately, Pete's classmate and longtime bully Nick Johnson stands in the way of his master plan, peppering Pete's days with cruel comments and demeaning insults. Along with the complex friendships and blossoming romances that accompany the average high school experience, Pete is forced to face Nick head-on in more ways than one. Throughout a school year filled with relentless teasing and physical altercations, Pete comes to realize through a heartbreaking tragedy that both he and Nick share a secret bond that will change their lives forever. Just Pete is a book for anyone who has ever been the victim of bullying or has seen it happen to someone else. As Pete will discover, patience and understanding are the keys to countering this ever-present problem and are the only things that will get him through his freshman year.

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