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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dear Bully, 70 Authors Tell Their Stories: Edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories
Edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-206097-6
Suggested Ages: 11+
Release Date: August 23, 2011  or September 6, 2011
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Description: You are not alone. Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.

Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

The Good Stuff

  • Extremely personal tales and I admire some of the authors bravery in coming forth with their at times extremely heartbreaking tales
  • Powerful messages will hopefully help teens who are bullied or have been bullies themselves
  • Portion of proceeds got to Stomp Out Bullying
  • Really emphasizes the need for better trained educators and counselors
  • Inspirational
  • Heartrendingly sad at times
  • Found many new authors that I want to read because of their history
  • A couple of graphic novel style stories 
  • Really did like the mix of different types of tales: Letters, Stories, Poetry and Graphic stories
  • Brilliant idea - would have liked even more authors to take part -
  • Hopefully will make a difference to children struggling with bullying and maybe a bully will see themselves in a story and make a change
  • The story "The Eulogy of Ivy O'Connor" is extremely painful and uncomfortable to read, but the message is an important one
  • Kiersten White's tale is very human
The Not so Good Stuff
  • There was poetry and not my thing - but if you like it that is totally cool and they are well done
  • The odd story didn't really fit it, but hey that is just getting a little picky
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I don't spill guts, I spill other people's guts - my characters'. It's safer that way. But as I write this, I'm aware that by walking into my own hot, steaming discomfort, you might feel that someone else gets it - gets you." Lisa Haines

"So I did the easy thing. I walked away. And I've always regretted it. I wonder how much of an impact I could have made if I'd really always had something to say. If I'd said the things that mattered, stood up for people who actually needed my help, gotten involved instead of keeping my head down." Kiersten White

"And what you get right down to it, that's really what life is; one long opportunity to find "your" people. The ones who make your world a better place and the ones for whom you can make the world a little brighter as well." Michelle Zink

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Everyone - book suggests 12+ -- but I think kids even as young as 10 could pick up something
  • Required book for every library - these are messages that bring hope to those who have suffered that they will make it through and may even become stronger because of it
4.75 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

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