Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories released this week from HarperCollins, and I’m thrilled to feature this anthology and the stories of the many brave, talented, and distinguished writers. This is a bold anthology that addresses the hot-button topic of teen bullying — but that’s not the (main) reason you should check this one out!
You are not aloneDiscover 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.
You’ll want to take time read all of the stories– heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and heart-breaking as they are. This book addresses a crucial issue taking place in the lives of many teens, and stands as a worthy and meaningful project for YA authors to take part in. From the New York Times:
“This anthology of personal essays provides empathetic and heartfelt stories from each corner of the schoolyard: the bullied, the bystander and the bully himself are all represented. Their words will be a welcome palliative or a wise pre-emptive defense against the trials of adolescent social dynamics.”
So teens, parents, and community advocates, be sure to check out this newest anthology at TRPL!