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Dear Bully

Dear Bully

HarperTeen | 2011 | 14 and up


Dear Bully
Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

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.

Tanya Lee Stone's contribution to Dear Bully is called "Levels." Like her YA novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, "Levels" is in free verse.

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.


New York Tmes: "…provides empathetic and heartfelt stories from each corner of the schoolyard…a welcome palliative or a wise pre-emptive defense against the trials of adolescent social dynamics."

School Library Journal: "This is a powerful addition to the growing collection of materials that deal with this pervasive issue. Young adult and children's authors have stepped up and shared their own experiences....All of these stories feel authentic and honest, and readers will find a story or a person to identify with, to look to for comfort or guidance." "You'll love it if... You know someone (or are someone) who's ever been involved in any type of bullying incident. There's something in it for everyone, on all sides of the spectrum. You'll love it even more if you can find a story that inspires you to help someone else." 

Booklist: "With authority often turning a blind eye and cyber-bullying rampant, this timely collection is an excellent resource, especially for group discussion, and the appended, annotated list of websites and further reading extends its usefulness."