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OTOLI [Kindle Edition]

Bryony Allen
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This book really took me by surprise, it was definitely not what I was expecting at all. The book deals very strongly with the issues surrounding bullying, but within this book they take on rather a sinister tone that appealed to my dark side." Vivienne Serendipity (12 May 2011) Engrossing, superb teenage read that also highlights some important issues." (Jonathon "Bookster" - 4 July 2011) " - it's a book that deserves to be read, the only question remains is what does OTOLI stand for - I know but do you?" (Jesse Owen, Books for Teens - 17 July 2011)

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OTOLI – Have you been there?

Social outcast ALICE TURNER went there to escape the constant bullying from the Populars. She is befriended by Jenny; an enigmatic waitress who seems to be stuck in the past.

As the Populars begin to reap the wrath of a faithful friend, suspicions build in Alice’s mind. Why does Jenny keep mementoes that are four years old? And why does Alice feel that she is to blame for the downfall of her enemies?

But friendship is a two-way deal as Alice soon discovers. After breaking her promise to Jenny, she faces a far worse foe than before. Alice is forced to make choices on which her future and that of others will depend; whether or not she knows it. Moreover, she will have to find courage to escape the ultimate bully – her best friend.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907728120
  • Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing (15 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WSR8M4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #550,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bryony Allen was born in Enfield (UK) in 1968, but spent her formative years in the North East. She returned to the South of the country to study for a degree in English and Drama followed by teacher training in Cambridge. Now settled in Suffolk with her husband and four children her hobbies include reading, writing and supporting her local football team, Ipswich Town.

Bryony writes Adult and Young Adult fiction and has also been a primary and middle school teacher and SENCo for 18 years. Her witty and humorous debut adult novel 'Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector' was based on some true experiences as well as those embedded in the imagination.

Her debut Young Adult book 'OTOLI' is an engrossing mystery story of bullying, friendship and revenge with a twist of the paranormal. This was published on the 28th April 2011 by UK Independent publisher, Pneuma Springs. 5% of all sales of OTOLI will be donated to the national charity 'Bullying UK', part of the 'Family Lives' group on an on going basis. OTOLI was entered in 'The People's Book Prize' Spring 2012 collection.

Bryony is now currently working on further writing projects and has completed a second work for the Young Adult genre called 'The Assembly Room' which is published in Autumn 2012. This book is a finalist in 'The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award' 2013. Watch this space!

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book took me by surprise! 12 May 2011
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book really took me by surprise, it was definitely not what I was expecting at all. The book deals very strongly with the issues surrounding bullying, but within this book they take on rather a sinister tone that appealed to my dark side.

Alice Turner is seen as a social outcast by everyone at school, which puts her in the harrowing position of being a target of the school bullies, known as the Populars. They make her life a living hell. On one of her journeys home, desperate to stay out of their way, she comes across a little cafe called OTOLI. She wanders in to find a safe place to go and a new friend to help her deal with the bullying.

As their friendship grows, things begin to change at school. The Populars begin to lose out on the Popularity stakes and life begins to get easier for Alice. However, as the Populars suffer, Alice begins to wonder whether her friendship with Jenny is causing more harm than good. Alice has a feeling that the fall of enemies may be due to Jenny.

Jenny's friendship begins to cause Alice a lot of problems when she is unable to meet her friend's demands. Alice learns that if she is ever to grow stronger and move on with her life, she must face the bullies head on. She must stop Jenny from bullying her.

This is really quite a sad tale, where two young girls suffer from the devastating effects of long term bullying. Jenny has suffered just like Alice, yet she doesn't deal with it in a mature way, more hell bent on revenge than moving on. However Alice, begins to realise that revenge really isn't the answer. She finds an amazing inner strength, to overcome the obstacles she faces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, well-crafted story 17 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Awards. This is what our readers thought:

The readers thought the beginning was very powerful, pulling them into the story. Many noted that the author really seemed to understand what it is like to be the victim of a bully. They sympathised very much with Alice and her journey through the story and they also thought that you dealt well with ‘onlookers’ who feel sorry for the victim but do nothing. They also liked the cliffhanger at the end of the book.
A number of the boys felt the book was a little slow. They wanted (I quote) ‘More magic, wizards and cars.’ (Typical boys!)

STYLE 9/10
Excellent flow to the text. Speech worked particularly well. Character descriptions were superb but a few wanted more setting description. The teachers noted: ‘The vocab was perfect for this age group.’

The children discovered no spelling or grammatical errors.

From the feedback , the children (particularly the girls) loved this book. Really, it was only the cover which let it down. Might be worth re-doing it. From other feedback, kids always seem to love books with a picture of the characters on the front.

‘A thoughtful, well-crafted story. Perfect for any child battling with the up and downs of school life.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
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You know when you identify with a character in a book and say "I'm like him/her" or "I know what he/she feels like". Well, with this book I can genuinely say that to a point.

I initially found out about this book due to the author, Bryony Allen, becoming a friend through Goodreads and I became interested in the book's theme of bullying. The reason for this is because I am a bullying "survivor" (I prefer to use this term rather than "victim") who was bullied physically, verbally and emotionally throughout primary and secondary school.

The book is primarily seen through the third person points of view of main characters Alice and Keiran. Both characters are marginalised through bullying - Alice due to the actions of a school clique called "The Populars" and Keiran from his peers and parents due to his parents' desire for him to receive an education which caters to his intelligence.

Alice and Keiran stumble on OTOLI, a haven away from their day-to-day existence which is run by seventeen year-old Jenny. It's designed to their tastes, serves their favourite food and drinks and plays their favourite music.

The book follows Alice and Keiran as they develop a friendship with Jenny. However, alongside this developing friendship comes a price with inexplicable incidents happening to Alice and Keiran's tormentors.

The book's main theme of bullying is treated sensitively and without being sensationalised through three perspectives.

Alice and Keiran present the first perspective as people who are people who are being bullied - both are presented as people who are on the outside looking in, who feel powerless to act against what's happening to them and who just want to be accepted as other people are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow 9 Oct 2012
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Wow, this book really took me by surprise. After the author friend requested me and recommended this book, I went onto the page for this book and saw that it deals with the sensitive subject of bullying. As an ex-victim myself, I just had to buy and read it.

OTOLI comes from the perspective of many different characters, although I would say that the main protagonist is Alice. Through the book, I begun to feel how isolated the bullying victims felt and they find that friend in Jenny who is a waitress at the cafe OTOLI. The book is well written for such a sensitive subject, I also thought it was original book, as Bryony Allen manages to bring in a twist of paranormal without ruining the main subject of the book. I could not put it down and I would strongly recommend it to anyone. I can't read to get right into more of Allen's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Bullying Now!!! this is the book to start the discussion.
The author's description; the story revolves around three main characters; Alice, Kieran and Jenny and a group of bullies known as the Popular. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Susan Mahoney
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all high school aged children
The first thing I felt when I began reading OTOLI was how creepy it was. I immediately felt extreme empathy for Alice and the torment she has to put up with but the second I met... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by BCT
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book
Stories which take a look at Bullying always interest me, especially books like OTOLI which looks at the effects bullying can have on a person. Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Jesse Owen, Books 4 Teens
4.0 out of 5 stars OTOLI
I found myself quite surprised by this book. It was a bit darker than I was expecting but in a really good way. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Sammee, I Want To Read That
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, eerie and moving
In this beautifully written YA tale, Bryony Allen takes us on a journey into the lonely world of bullied teenager Alice Turner, and the solace she finds in a strange little cafe... Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by A. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A sleek addictive tale.
As someone who has worked one-to-one with victims of serious bullying for some time, I was particularly eager to read Bryony Allen's new novel "OTOLI". Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by A Cheshire Lad
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