Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

Paperback | September 6, 2011

byMegan Kelley Hall

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Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection. Lauren Oliver, R. L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, Kiersten White, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lauren Kate, and many more contributed 70 heartfelt and empathetic stories from each corner of the schoolyard. In addition, Dear Bully includes resources for teens, educators, and parents, and suggestions for further reading.

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Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection. Lauren Oliver, R. L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, Kiersten White, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lauren Kate, and many more contr...

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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 autho...

Megan Kelley Hall is the author ofSisters of MiseryandThe Lost Sisterand has written for a variety of publications, includingElle, Glamour, Parenting, theBoston Globe, and theBoston Herald. She lives north of Boston.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006206097X

ISBN - 13:9780062060976

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking & Inspirational! If there's one thing in the world I feel strongly against, it's bullying. I hate that there are wars and hunger and conflicts and stereotypes, yet I know that some of those things are inevitable. But bullying? I really, truly, honestly believe that there isn't ANY reason why bullying should happen! Dear Bully is a collection of stories from 70 authors who have either been bullied, a bully, or a bystander. And they're all so powerful in their own way — it blows my mind away how much these authors have been through! Some of the stories literally made me want to cry. I'm usually not a big fan of anthologies, but I loved everything about Dear Bully! It was heart-breaking and moving and powerful. Each and every one of the stories made me think. I can't even pick a favourite because there are so many that just stuck with me. Whether you have experienced bullying or have been a bully or are even faintly aware of this HUGE issue, you should definitely pick up Dear Bully! I'm so glad that so many of these authors are putting their heartbreaking stories out there to bring awareness to this! BUY or BORROW?: This is definitely a book you have to buy! Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Stomp Out Bullying, which I think is just amazing! :)
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Book I would never dream of reviewing a book like this because the stories contained within are the personal stories of the authors. It wouldn't be possible to review their experiences. I will however say how important a book like this is, how scary the statistics are and how sad it made me to read and remember the cruelty of others. This book needs to be on the bookshelves of every home with a school-ager, tween or teen. In every school classroom, in every school library and in every public one too. It should be required reading for every teacher and school Principal. It needs to be accessible to everyone because the message that "you are not alone" is such an important one. www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you for creatingi this book! This book speaks for itself. I am so proud of Megan Kelley Hall for wanting to do something in regards to bullying. She and Carrie Jones have created a brilliant book full of emotional, poignant stories about bullying. The 70 authors in this book have shared their stories, some heartbreaking, others more uplifting. I will admit to being slightly scared to start reading the book. Bullying is something a little too close to home for me and I didn’t want to face the emotions that would ride to the surface as I read. Thankfully, this anthology wasn’t as devastating as I thought it would be (to me). In fact, I found the more I read, the stronger I felt. Not all of the personal bullying stories hit me as hard because they weren’t as similar to my own. Therefore I found Dear Bully a lot easier to digest than I thought I would. In fact, these other stories, though painful and sad made me feel better. They showed that I wasn’t alone in what I went through as a child and that no matter the age or situation, bullying can happen. It’s not a personal thing against you, it’s sadly just the way the world turns. Also, the fact that the people sharing their stories are all well-known, published authors, the book had a distinctly “It Gets Better” feel to it. Here are 70 or so people who were bullies AND SURVIVED. They are successful. Their traumatic bullying experiences made them who they are today. Here’s the thing, had I read this book when I was a kid, a teen, I would have been caught between “I can’t believe I’m not the only one going through this. Wow.” and an eye-rolling “Whatever, this book isn’t going to help stop what’s happening to me”. I know this is how I would react, because deep down there was a tiny voice rolling its eyes (yes, my tiny voice has eyes) and saying that exact same thing. Standing up for yourself isn’t always going to work. Certainly not right away. There is a complete hopelessness when you are the victim of bullying. Sometimes you have to actually just physically leave the situation behind. No amount of standing up, teaching talking, parent talking helped in my case. It only stopped when I left the school and started a new one. Only there was bullying there, too. There will always be bullies. Often you get better at dealing with it. As you get older and are less inclined to care about what people think about you, you become stronger and it’s easier to walk away from the bully. In my own life right now, bullies are shining through and you know what? I don’t have patience for them anymore. I don’t. So I fight back, but this time I am smarter about it. I research and know my resources so that they don’t have any leverage on me. You tell me if I don’t do something that I won’t get paid? Well, lookee here at this charter of rights that says I don’t have to do what you’re telling me to do. Oh, and look at this hotline number to report people who are trying to make you do things you don’t have to do? Booyah. Er, right…. So, when I found out that Megan wanted to put together a book that brought attention to bullying, I was beyond thrilled. My own personal childhood experiences made the idea of this book mean so much to me. The book itself? Means the world to me. There will always be teachers and parents who turn a blind eye. There will always be people out there who think they can bully others just because they can. If more people realized it was cooler to group together and stand up to them, that makes the difference. This book not only allows authors to share their stories, but it also lists many references at the end for help and advice if you think you have nowhere to turn. People, young and old, need to read this book and educate themselves on the subject. More people need to care and take a stand. A huge thank you to Megan and Carrie for caring enough to put this together. A huge thank you to all authors who shared their stories by prose, verse or drawing. It’s a very powerful book that will have you thinking about what you can do to help. Children shouldn’t die because they can’t take the abuse. It should not happen. I was almost one of them and right now, as I write this, I am thankful that I wasn’t successful.
Date published: 2011-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and Honest 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
Date published: 2011-08-30