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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dear Bully (Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories)

I was bullied as a kid. By classmates and teachers. I was told it was just a part of growing up.

I've been bullied as an adult. By friends, strangers on the internet, and co-workers. The adult bullies insisted they were not bullies and the people claiming to be bullied were simply "weak."

It hurt every time. It was wrong every time. 

As a longtime resident of Western Massachusetts, the Phoebe Prince story really broke my heart. All of the stories break my heart. Because I've been there and know how hopeless it feels.

That's why I'm glad the Dear Bully anthology (September 1) was put together. I'm looking forward to reading it and hope everyone--bullies and those who feel lost and alone because of bullying--will read it.


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.

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