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Because of their own personal experiences with being bullied, Authors Dianne de Las Casas and John Couret are passionate about bringing awareness to the issue of bullying, helping students cope, and providing solutions to this pervasive problem. John was teased as a child because of his lazy eyes and called “Deadeye John.” Dianne was teased as a child because of third-degree burn scars covering a large portion of her body. In their Captain Deadeye anti-bully book series, a cast of cool characters (Captain Deadeye, Scarlet, and Buccaneer Bracey) go on swashbuckling adventures across the seven seas and find the courage to face their real-life bullies, creating positive change within their own communities.

In their fun, powerful, and interactive author visit program for grades K-8, students learn how to be “Masters of the 7 Cs” and become “Life Savers.” So join John and Dianne in their national campaign to Stand up! Stand Out! And Stop Bullying!


About Author Dianne de Las Casas
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Dianne de Las Casas is the award-winning author of 28 books, a publisher, a professional storyteller, a radio show host, and the founder of Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. She has been traveling and speaking in schools for 20 years. As a child, she was bullied because she had third-degree burns covering a large portion of her body. The character of Dee Dee is inspired by Dianne. She lives in the New Orleans area and is the proud mom of culinary superstar, Kid Chef Eliana and graphic designer, Soleil Lisette. Visit Dianne at diannedelascasas.com.


About Author John Couret
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John Couret is the author of the personal growth book, Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion. He is also a publisher, a speaker, a radio show host, and a success coach. As a child, he was bullied because he had lazy eyes and was given the nickname “Deadeye John,” which became the inspiration for the title character. One of the challenges John currently faces is that he is legally blind. He has found that although he lost his sight, he never lost his vision. John lives in the New Orleans area and loves being a dad to Victoria and a “papa” to granddaughter, Maci. Visit John at johncouret.com.


About Illustrator Stefan Jolet
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Stefan Jolet has been a graphic designer and illustrator for more than 20 years. He illustrated Dianne de Las Casas’ picture book, Cinderellaphant. He is also the amazing illustrator of the Captain Deadeye series for the “Stand Up, Stand Out, Stop Bullying! Be a Lifesaver!” campaign. Stefan is a big fan of comics and loves drawing and creating comic book characters in his “free time.” He lives in the Lafayette, Louisiana area and is the awesome dad of Alex. Visit Stefan at stefanjolet.tumblr.com.