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Author: John Arthur Long Narrator: John Arthur Long Publisher: Vellum Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781538460139
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Told with elements of heartrending pathos, nerve-wracking tension, and scenes of disarming humor, The Mean is a riveting novel of school days that looks at the nature of true learning, the best and worst in public education, the drama of human relationships, and the threat of violence that has become such an integral part of our lives.

With a supply of sarin nerve gas as well as explosives and automatic weapons, members of a radical group who believe they have been betrayed by a high-level Middle East negotiator decide to seek revenge by attacking a Long Island high school attended by the negotiator’s daughters.

It is against the horrific shadow of this approaching attack, that The Mean reveals the inner conflicts of Central High School through the humorous, sometimes sardonic viewpoint of the school’s assistant principal Brian Scarlucci as he deals with daily school issues like an angry student leaving fecal deposits around the school and a Mafia captain who tries to pay Scarlucci a huge amount of cash to make up for the crime figure son’s bad school behavior.

Scarlucci must also come to the defense of his best friend, a black English teacher named Ken Valentine, who is being brought to task for teaching meditation in his classroom while students listen to a recorded soundtrack of sacred Tibetan gongs on iPads because Valentine believes the tones can open their minds to the true learning of the Golden Mean. Unfortunately, before discipline can be taken, one of Mr. Valentine’s female students commits suicide while listening to the meditation tape, and Scarlucci must summon all his skills to defend Valentine against what he knows are false charges.

It is in the midst of all these school-day conflicts and more that Scarlucci is suddenly confronted by an unimaginable horror as the terrorists arrive, capable of bringing death to all those in Central High on the meanest day of all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 2017 Voice Arts Award nominee for best mystery audiobook narration and best author audiobook narration

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About the Author

John Arthur Long taught English, creative writing, and assorted drama courses on the high school level in public education and pursued a professional writing career. His novels include The Harvard Man, The Mean, The Sign of the Guardian, which was optioned for film, and Eve of Regression, translated into several different languages. He has also been active as both a writer and a director in theater. He is the co-author and audio narrator of a children’s book, The Tooth Fairy Legend, based on his original family theatrical musical for which he co-wrote the music and which columnist Liz Smith called “delicious” on its New York premiere. He is also co-author of Dragula The Musical and the book version, Dragula The Transvespire, under the pseudonym Dijk Stroka. He has been nominated for best director for the Chain Theatre’s off-Broadway revival production of Wait until Dark. He was honored at the high school where he was employed by having a wing of the school titled “John Long Alley” as a thank you for his years of service.