Dear Bully

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, always true.


how this book happened

Megan Kelley Hall and I were tired of being powerless as we learned of beautiful, young people being bullied and losing their battles for lives well lived. Since we are authors, we thought of our own stories of being bullied, the bully or the bystander, and we decided at least one thing we could do is raise awareness about how many other people have gone through this, too.

Harper Collins published DEAR BULLY as a giant leap of faith and its existence is thanks to the tireless efforts of Tara Weikum and Sarah Dotts Barley. You could not ask for more passionate or intelligent editors and I am so terribly grateful for them. Anthologies tend to make zero money and they are a lot of work. These two women are really super heroes.

Some resources links can be found here if you need them.

Get help

Give help.

what people are saying:

“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.” – NYT Book Review
“Words can also heal as much as they can hurt, as one anthology proves.” – Better Homes and Gardens.
“Powerful…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.” – School Library Journal
“Authors Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall started a Facebook group for authors wishing to connect after the tragic suicide of Pheobe Prince last year in Massachusetts. They realized that each member had a story to tell, and that lead them to reach out to other authors to share their personal experiences with bullying. The book features short stories by authors you already know, like Marlene Perez, Lisa McMann,Alyson Noël, and Aprilynne Pike, plus a bunch of other writers who you’ll grow to love. Each author brings something real and honest to the collection.” – SEVENTEEN
“Two of them, both authors of novels for young adults (Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones), have drawn on the power of the written word to focus attention on the problem and offer solace to the bullied.” – —The Boston Globe
“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.” –
“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.” – Booklist
It’s been mentioned in US Today, Romantic Times, and a bunch of other awesome places. And the authors and editors have been featured on National Public Radio and radio shows throughout the country, which shows just how much people can care.

where to buy it.

You can buy it online here or on Amazon.

If you would like to purchase signed copies of my books, you can do so through the awesome Sherman’s Book Store in Bar Harbor, Maine or the amazing Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine.

Email barharbor (((@))) for Sherman’s or email info((@)) and let them know the titles in which you are interested. There is sometimes a waiting list, but they are the best option. Plus, you’re supporting an adorable local bookstore run by some really wonderful humans.

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