SOURCE: Author Kevin B. McDonald

fiction, teen novel, domestic abuse, runaway, teen homelessness, abuse prevention, child advocate

October 25, 2010 09:00 ET

Award-Winning Children's Advocate and Author Kevin B. McDonald Released Teen Version of Coming-of-Age Novel, "Practically Invisible"

Fictional Thriller Follows Christian as He Delves Into the Underground World of "The Locals," a Group of Abused Runaways, and Gives Readers an Unabashed Look Into the Lives of Hyper-Sexualized and Castaway Children

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) -  Determined to bring his message of survival to an at-risk generation, author Kevin B. McDonald today released a teen-appropriate version of his popular coming-of-age novel, "Practically Invisible." A tireless children's advocate, McDonald plunges readers into a fictional world addressing the societal issue of child abuse and neglect in this adventure story.

"Domestic abuse leaves many families broken and children homeless," said McDonald, an award-winning expert who challenges the social and public policy issues permitting child and teen sex trafficking, domestic abuse and child pornography. "Today there is an estimated 100 million children worldwide living on the streets, with 1,682,900 projected in the U.S. alone. Like the characters in 'Practically Invisible,' many homeless youth feel betrayed by laws designed to protect them. These wounded children are vulnerable to further victimization, exploitation and degradation of their civil and economic rights. My novel tells their story."

"Practically Invisible" follows Christian, who is forced to relocate to a small town in Virginia after his mother is promoted. While exploring his new surroundings, Christian's life is changed forever when he encounters The Locals, a group of runaways living off the grid. The underground clan, led by Christian's love interest, Danielle, thinks they are above the law. In blind pursuit of Danielle, Christian falls deeper into their underground life, taking a devastating toll on him and unknowingly unraveling the secret life The Locals have worked so hard to protect. 

McDonald has dedicated the past 15 years to intervening in societal issues, and he injects this fervency into his writing. He uses extensive personal experiences and professional knowledge to deliver intense realism and intrigue readers. He believes that teen homelessness, the growing number of broken families and the hyper-sexualization of children are accelerating the degradation of society.

"Practically Invisible" is available from Amazon.com for $14.95.

About Kevin B. McDonald
Kevin B. McDonald is a trusted advisor to some of America's most influential individuals. He has served as an advisor to many state and federal legislators, members of law enforcement, charitable boards, abuse prevention and treatment professionals and hundreds of commercial businesses. McDonald has received awards from national advocacy groups. In addition, he was inducted into the martial arts "Masters' Hall of Fame" in 2010, recognizing his martial arts skills and charitable community work. Learn more at www.practicallyinvisible.com

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