FICTION

Dear Bully

Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
. 978-0-06206-098-3.
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Gr 9 Up—This is a powerful addition to the growing collection of materials that deal with this pervasive issue. Young adult and children's authors have stepped up and shared their own experiences. The stories, poems, letters, and comics are as different as they are alike; feelings of powerlessness, lack of support, and the sheer invisibility that they felt are themes that run throughout the selections, and yet each one is unique and moving. Many contributors talk about how writing became an escape from their pain and provided fuel for their creativity. Loners and misfits, popular kids, artsy types, you name it, they are here in these pages. Some are still raw from their experiences, many tell how they have moved on, and most writers assure readers that life does get better, that there is always something to look forward to. All of these stories feel authentic and honest, and readers will find a story or a person to identify with, to look to for comfort or guidance. As educators, parents, physicians, politicians, and children themselves struggle to address the issue of bullying in schools, in cyberspace, on playgrounds, or wherever, the power of real people telling real happenings about real issues is a valuable tool to wield. With some profanity and frank mentions of drinking, drugs, etc., this anthology is best for high school collections, though many of the individual stories would be excellent for middle schoolers.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
By sharing their experiences about having been bullied, YA and children's book authors, including Lisa Yee, Jon Scieszka, Nancy Garden, and R. L. Stine, offer young people the hope--and proof--that things do get better. Empathetic and honest, humorous and heartbreaking, these stories, poems, letters, and cartoons cover a wide spectrum of bullying--a range as broad and different as the list of contributors itself.

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