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Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories Book Review

Nov 07, 2011

Spreading lies. Name calling. Manipulation. These are just some of the many forms of bullying discussed in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories. Kidzworld has the book review.

Famous Authors Contribute

Everyone, at some point in their life, has encountered bullying, whether as the bully, the victim or the observer. Famous authors, including R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), Lauren Oliver (Delirium) and Michelle Zink (Prophecy of the Sisters), reveal their personal encounters with bullies. Through their stories, the authors have put their painful memories to paper and, in some cases, learned to forgive their childhood tormentors.  

Different Types of Bullying

The 70 stories featured in this book are divided into 9 sections: Dear Bully, where six authors address their bullies directly, followed by Just Kidding, Survival, Regret, Thank You Friends, Insight, Speak, Write It and It Gets Better. Each story is completely unique. In some cases, authors experienced bullying in the traditional sense: kids teasing or beating up others for their race, clothes, size, etc. But other authors talk about lesser known types of bullying, for example friends using guilt to maintain friendships, or teachers singling out students.

Stop Bullying

Bullying can be dealt by anyone and felt by anyone, and in most cases it can lead to fear, self-hate and sometimes even suicide. Reading this book will make you reconsider your own actions and the actions of those you call your friends. Don’t be the next victim. And don’t be the next bully.

Have Your Say

Have you ever bullied or been bullied? Tell us about it in our comment section below!

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What's the Worst Kind of Bully?

  • The kind that like to hit.
  • The kind that tease you.
  • The kind that turn people against you.
  • All bullies

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the man-made construct of "time" is a measure of several factors done for societal organization. make no mistake, though. a man-made measure is not insignificant, for "time" is passing. causes and effects. histories. we are constantly moving, and can never go back.  the earth's rotation today is not the same as the one tomorrow. our bodies are growing. our bodies are decaying. things are moving, things are changing, evolving, happening. time, the concept of it, is not an illusion. we will never stop progressing. time is progression.
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i have had several friends who have cut themselves. i have almost done it, but more out of curiosity towards how it might feel- for empathic or sympathetic reasons. in a deluded way, i think that it is. a cry for attention. but i don't think that is a bad thing. human beings depend on social interaction. we are social creatures. by cutting, putting a physical show of emotional hurt, it's somewhat of a call for help. it's like crying through blood, something far more serious, much like the pain that leads someone there. cutting itself is very dangerous and terrifying for the people that love the cutter. and this is another reason i think cutting is a cry for help- cutters know that. they know the attention that they'll get, the backlash, the possible hate or obsession others will get over them if their cuts are seen.  but they do it anyway. i think if someone were truly hurting and didn't want anybody to know, they'd just suffer in silence, welling within themselves until they go insane. or show their pain through subtle actions.  y'know. the whole "the saddest people are the happiest" thing.
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