White Plains Father, Son Write Book About Bullying

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Like many 9-year-olds, White Plains resident Emerson Daub has an active imagination. But unlike other kids his age, he's been able to channel those ideas into books. Yes, that's books plural.

Richard, left, and Emerson Daub of White Plains.

Richard, left, and Emerson Daub of White Plains.

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The first, written with his dad, Richard, a former reporter who does most the typing and helps refine the prose, was about their two cats, "Spaulding and Zoom" and appeals to kids three and up.

That was a year and a half ago. One day, when sitting on the couch talking, Emerson, who's big into super heroes and cyborgs, came up with the idea of a fourth grader who is hyperactive and sometimes has difficulty focusing on the tasks of everyday life.

Morgan Wallace, the star character in "The Adventures of HyperKid: HyperKid v BullBorg" is self-conscious about being different, but he soon finds out what it's like to be really different after the rays of a meteor transform him into a cyborg with super powers.

After the family doctor is unable to transform him back into a regular 9-year old, Morgan convinces his parents to let him keep his powers to help people as the super hero "HyperKid." His first mission is to defend his schoolmates from a bully named Brian Bullini on the playground, who also turns out to be a cyborg with powers and who assumes the identity of "BullBorg."

Morgan ultimately discovers that you don't need to be a super hero to overcome the difficulties you encounter in life, and you don't have to be a super hero to help other people. He also learns that you can't judge others by what you see on the surface, which leads him to realize that Brian is not a bully at all and that they have a lot more in common than it seemed at first.

While this book covers a wide range of serious issues beyond hyperactivity (bullying, intolerance, loneliness, and pre-judgment of people), HyperKid v BullBorg is also a fun super hero story with humorous characters involved in a suspenseful adventure story, said Richard.

The book, which was a year in the making and just came out as of June 1, is available on It was published by Clay Road Press.

Next up for the pair? A second HyperKid book with more of a science fiction bent, 

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