Book Spotlight: The Rounders and the Tallers by Matt Bell

Which five words best describe The Rounders and The Tallers ?

Segregation and exclusion is always bad.

Can you share one highlight from the book?

While the adult leaders of two groups of people struggle to get along, it’s a little boy, in his innocence and compassion, that teaches the people how to forgive and unite.

What is the purpose of this book?

To educate children about the slippery slope of giving up one’s rights and the evils of exclusion and segregation. Also, about the power a child has to bring adults together for good.

Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?

In my three books ( that I call a disjointed series) there are always two groups of people ( and in one book two groups of cats) that do not get along for some reason. The situation always gets worse as the conflict grows through ignorance or plain meanness and selfishness. Until a child sees the truth about peace and brings the two groups together by simply showing the adults how to get along in love.

Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?

The characters of the two adult groups was the hardest. As we are seeing much division and ugliness in the country right now, I felt deeply that these two groups had to represent our times. The fun part of the book was the resolution brought on by the wisdom of youthful love and compassion that leads to reconciliation.

Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?

I get all my story ideas from watching my family interact. With 9 people and two cats in one house, I just need to sit back and watch the drama and fun unfold!

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Reading is becoming such a lost art with our children. To have our kids actually put down their IPads and phones long enough to hold an actual book and enjoy it is my deepest desire for all children!

Here’s the link for the book…. http://www.mattbellbooks.com

BIO- I am the father of nine very diverse children from all races and walks of life. Elementary School and reluctant middle age readers are my focus. The illustrated stories are FUN and focus on social issues through stories with a MORAL, where a child is the hero and a lesson for the community is learned.

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