This Ruler

A Novel


Like a prism in your hand, pick up the American school and turn it in the light. Take a look at Elysium Hills High School and a complex cast of characters caught in a pastoral fantasy. The classes have 30 or more students, the floors are not mopped and the heat is broken. The ambitious principal is meeting with an educational consultant as both are getting their respective careers ahead. Greed-driven publishing companies are making millions of dollars with ever rotating curricula and standardized tests. The kids are on a personal journey to emerge past xenophobia and a greater understanding of what it means to be good. The lessons are about parasites, invasive species, and monoliths immersed in a world of art. Native Americans and conquistadors race across a complex landscape. Oh, and a unicorn – of course. And like the conquistadors, the publishing companies have landed on the shores of American schools and are melting it down to fill the coffers of their greed.

It is a story about a particular place and a unique group of kids. They spend their time with one another, though not necessarily in a together fashion. Essentially, they are on a greater journey to know themselves. And there is something underneath it all; from the savage hand of nature to the fine paintings. It is a philosophical story about ambition, greed, gluttony, hatred, and the loss of humanity in the internet. Really, high school is just a microcosm of the greater modern world. Remember we were all there once. Pick the people and the place up; turn it in the light. See the colors.



Here, open this,” James says as he hands Sandy a condom.

“How big will it get? Sandy says.”
“Oh, you’ll see.”

She fumbles with extracting the condom. “Ah, it’s all gooey. Okay, grab me here around the waist.” Sandy turns around and James grabs her around the waist. 

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THIS RULER is poised to become the breakthrough coming of age novel about the American education system.

This Ruler is a novel that is a cutting exposé about the American education system written in a style that blends magical realism with philosophy with just a bit of satire. It exposes the greed and corruption of the publishing companies and ambition of the school administrators. The stories are immersed in art, natural history, conquistadors and monoliths. The students in the book are on their own journey to understand what it means to be an immigrant, and reconcile xenophobia and hatred.

Here’s what others are saying!

“Opens your eyes to new perspectives about parts of the American school system”
“Meaningful story-telling is expanded through an original type of elegant poetry and metaphor that instills a deeper meaning…”
“Profound historical references providing metaphors”