Authors: 70 of Today's YA authors
Edited By: Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones
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.
As a teacher, when I saw this book I knew it was something I had to read and see if it was something I could share in my classroom. Bullying is such a huge topic in schools these days, so I hoped this might give me some insight and ideas. And because it was by authors my students might know, I knew what was written may impact them a bit more. It did that, but what it also did was make me face my own memories of bullying growing. Before I talk about the book, I need to give you my background. I went to a small school. A very small school. There were 32 kids in my class. In 7th grade I was bullied. Almost every person in my class was in on it. Maybe they didn't say anything, but they also didn't stop it. Day in and day out it happened. Reading this book brought it all back. I'm 41 years old, but in an instant I felt 12 again. I hated feeling that way, but it was also good that the book brought me back there because it gave me an even stronger empathy for the victims in the book. It made the book that much more powerful to me.
Beyond those two sides there also stories about times the authors realized they had been the bystandard. They had stood there and done nothing while someone else bullied a kid. These stores need to be shared, becuase honestly that's where most student are. These stories might help them because strong enough to change what they see - to show them how to do that. And there were also a few stories about authors who realized they had bullied someone. I liked these because I thought kids could hear them and maybe see themselves in it. It might help them see they are bullying and that they need to stop.
Best for: Everyone who has ever been bullied, watched bullying or been the bully.