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Monday, September 12, 2011

Dear Bully

Last year, I was given the opportunity to contribute to an anthology about a difficult and all-too-topical subject: bullying. The anthology, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones, comprises stories, memories, and essays submitted by a vast array of celebrated teen authors, including Aprilynne Pike, Carrie Ryan, Jon Scieszka, Mo Willems, Alyson Noel, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, and Lauren Kate.

Bullying--and the topic of meanness/cruelty more generally--is an important theme in my first book, Before I Fall, and I was honored to have the opportunity to address it from a nonfiction standpoint in Dear Bully.

The book has now been released, and I am giving away a copy! Simply respond to this post and you will be entered for a chance to win a signed finished copy. For the rest of you, PLEASE don't neglect this book. (You can find the USA today review of Dear Bully here, and check out the book's Goodreads page here for more info.) A portion of the proceeds go to an anti-bullying organization, so this book is a worthwhile purchase any way you slice it.


Stephanie said...

I think this is a really good idea for a book. I would love to win a copy and plan on putting in on to TBR list even if I don't win.

Ivy said...

I am definitely going to check this book out! It sounds really good! :) Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I think the idea behind it is absolutely brilliant and refreshing. I've seen nothing but positive reviews from fellow book bloggers. I can't wait!

Travis said...

Enter me please!

travisp1026 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Can I just say that I LOVE how so many YA authors are coming together to address bullying? It's especially wonderful to see people admit to being bullies and owning up to what they did, because as a society, we can't move forward without accepting our mistakes. Thank you for everything that you do.

(I'm throwing my hat into the ring for a copy of this book, but I solemnly swear to pass it on to other readers. angelidgcruz at gmail dot com)


Unknown said...

I have been hearing so much about this book and it just sounds fantastic. Definitely will check it out either way!

jonilee73 @ yahoo. com

Steph@TheYAReader said...

As a victim of high school bullies I am really interested in this book. I'm sure it will be an emotional and unforgettable read! Please enter me: sammy_sultana(AT)hotmail(DOT)com. Thanks :)

A.J. said...

I really want to read this book. Thank you for the great giveaway.


Leigh-Ann said...

What a great idea. YA saves!

Blogging Books said...

I can not wait to read this book!


JennM said...

Thanks for participating in the anthology and for giving us a chance to win!

Bwyatt said...

Wow! This sounds amazing. I think its so important to share experiences like these with others, especially teens. High school is hard enough without all the bullying that goes on. Thanks for being a part of this anthology and for the giveaway.

Briana said...

Definitely looking forward to reading this one. Important topic + so many great authors = a must read!

Anonymous said...

I put it in my to-read list in Goodreads. Really inspiring. I think it's great that you took part in it. It's not easy to expose yourself like that.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this. It sounds great. Thanks for contributing (and for the giveaway)!

Kate said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win, I can't wait to read it! :)

Love Between Pages said...

This book is a work of art! I find it wonderful that a group of writers come together to address an issue as important as bullying.


Mark Koning said...

I'll have to check out the book. Thanks Lauren.

Rachele Alpine said...

I'd love to win this book for my classroom!

Rachele (RAlpine@aol.com)

T. Edlin said...

Looking forward to reading it, and I'm glad this topic is being further addressed... the more books about it, the better!

Bethany said...

I could have used a book about bullying in school.. boy did I have a bully in 8th grade! It was awful. (bethany0728 at gmail dot commm)

writnkitten said...

SO want this book!

C. Will said...

The concept of this book is very timely. I'm curious to see how each of the writers responded to bullying through short stories.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds absolutely amazing. I have read and loved Before I Fall and would like to know your personal standpoint on the issue. Ever since hearing about this book it has been on my To Read pile!

jpetroroy said...

What a wonderful thing to contribute to. I'd love to read this.

Tamara said...

I would love to win this book! And if I don't, I know I will buy it, because this is something that all of us can learn from, and I have this feeling this book will make me cry.

purebloodprisoner said...

this sounds great, count me in!

Jessica Love said...

I would love a copy of this for my classroom library!

Anonymous said...

I really want to read this book! I just think it's a great way for authors to get bullying and how bad it is a lot more light. People just don't think that they can get bullied or that bullying isn't important.

twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

Tracy Michelle said...

I really want to read this! It's a really cool idea for a book.


beconwert said...

i could read this, then pass it on. honestly, i don't have a bookstore nearby

Liz said...

i can't wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!! :)


Anonymous said...

Sounds amazing Lauren!!


Kendall said...

This sounds really good, and very important!
I'd love to enter

Anonymous said...

This was simply interesting, until I read that it was nonfiction. now it's important and necessary as a read.

Rude Little Pig said...

Like the commented before me said, the fact that it's nonfiction has tripled the interest! I hope I get a chance to read this whether or not I win.

Miss Bookiverse said...

I'd love a copy! I think it's great that so many wonderful authors took the time to put together a book about this topic.

Alex said...

Making a trip to the library asap :)

Olga said...

Thank you for an opportunity to win this book!

Sarah Kate said...

Thank you very much for highlighting this book, I downloaded it immediately after reading your post and from what I've read of it so far it truly is an amazing anthology. What a brilliant idea! As I was reading I started to think about how many people will probably be inspired to write about their experiences because of this book, which is great, but wouldn't it be fantastic if everyone's writings could be displayed somewhere, like on a blog?
Basically, I would like to set up a blog which everyone can send their writings to, in a similar style to Dear Bully, but without some kind of publicity it wouldn't be very effective. Do you think this is something that could work? I would appreciate any thoughts on this idea - sarah.katem@yahoo.com
Thank you.

Thea said...

I would love to win a copy. Dear Bully sounds fantastic!

My email: prtraveler101(at)gmail(dot)com

Alice Smith said...

I would really love to read this book. I heard Carrie and Carolyn on NPR and thought this sounded like such a fantastic book. thanks for the chance at winning!

Anna said...

thanks for a chance at winning this book! I am going to suggest this to a mom/daughter book club I facilitate.

brookea_2006 said...

I'd love a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


Sylvanna said...

I'd love to be entered! It sounds amazing ~ <3.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a cool book! I haven't really heard of any of those other authors, but I looooove your books. I'd definitely give it a try!

sonicscrewdriver (at) wildblue (dot) net

Benji @ The Non Reluctant Reader said...

Bullying sucks!


brandon.3rwin said...

I can't say that I've been "bullied" much in particular. However, occasionally whenever my dead beat ghost of a dad/good for nothing sperm donor decides to show up in my life over Facebook or phone call-He definitely finds a way to hit me where it hurts. I think I'll probably try to pick up this book, seeing as looking at pain through others perspectives may help me find a way to deal with my own family fueled stress. lol Not that I'm an angry/sad person-I'm always looking on the brightside :) Thanks for putting books like this together. This is why I love stories.

Unknown said...

I am so excited to read this book--I love anthologies like this. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Diana Julianna said...

Wow, this sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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