OTOLI is a short novel aimed at a teen/young adult audience, written in a diary format. It explores the theme of bullying from the point of view of the bullied and the bully, adding a paranormal twist that makes it darkly entertaining. The title OTOLI is a challenge: can you work out what it means?
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.