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Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories [Kindle Edition]

Megan Kelley Hall , Carrie Jones
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection. Lauren Oliver, R. L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, Kiersten White, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lauren Kate, and many more contributed 70 heartfelt and empathetic stories from each corner of the schoolyard. In addition, Dear Bully includes resources for teens, educators, and parents, and suggestions for further reading.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews


"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."           --New York Times

"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

"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

From the Back Cover

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2936 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006206097X
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDO50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devour-Me Review of Dear Bully September 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Finally got my copy of Dear Bully. I dont agree with rate this book because you cant judge other's experiences or stories. I did give it a 5 so other's will take a look at this book. There is a lot of emotion in this read. I wish everyone who has been bullied or who is a bully to read this book.

This book is POWERFUL!!!!! Everyone has dealt with a bully sometime in there life. I encourage you all to write your own Dear Bully letter........
Here's mine

Dear Bully,

I use to love swimming, I remember spending all my summer at the pool with my best friend. I was only trying to "be cool", like you. Join in on your conversation, maybe make a new friend. You kept me underwater for what seemed like hours. By the time you let go of me, my lungs were burning from the lack of air, the water, and just fear. I never told anyone, not even to this day. You took a joy away from me, but you did give me something in return. You put such a deep fear of drowning in me that when I had kids, swimming was one of the first things to learn. My husband taught each one to swim. Not just for fun, but for survival. So thank you, thank you that my kids know what to do if they are ever in a situation where they are held underwater. They know how to save someone else's life. They know the importance of swimming safety. Maybe one day I'll even try to go back into the water, who knows.

Your not to funny joke,

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Pick This Up September 24, 2011
If you have ever been bullied, pick this book up!

If you've ever been a bully and wondered if your words and actions really effected the person you bullied, pick this book up!

If you've ever thought bullying doesn't really effect anyone, than you REALLY need to pick this book up

If you're dealing with a bully or know someone who is, GO PICK THIS BOOK UP, because you will realize you are not alone! In fact, you're far from it. There's a whole slew of authors who know what you're going through and believe me, their stories will effect you one way or another.
They'll do more than make you realize you do have a friend in all this, they'll inspire and empower you to rise above the crap you're having to deal with, and help you to realize you are far better than those who are or are trying to bring you down.

Normally when I read a book like this I like to talk a little about each author's story, but this book is different. There are so many stories that one, there's no way I could fit it all in one post, or even two, and two, this entire book is one that at times made me cry, made me smile, made me think, made re-count my middle grade years, and more. Dear Bully made me think of my bullying experiences and made me think of the things I've done to others that may have effected them in ways I was effected by a bully, not that I was a bully, but this book makes you realize that all the things we do and say no matter how big or how little effect someone.

You know the old saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words will never hurt me!" Well many of us know that words are far more powerful than that saying indicates and have a longer, lasting effect than a broken bone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful tool September 7, 2011
As the subtitle states, seventy authors provided their story of either being bullied or bullying someone. There is a common theme that it will get better once you are an adult so hang in there, but also admit that is not easy for a middle school student to wait a decade to be free. Other themes include finding an adult who will listen and act though once again that is not easy to achieve. The target audience of teenagers will struggle to read more than a few entries as most are too short and never quite drill down deep. The exceptions to prose are the comic strips; Cecil Castellucci and Mo Willems provide insightful looks at bullying that the younger teens especially will appreciate. Few of the contributions provide insight into the motives of why they were bullies though some of the victims offer their opinions. Bottom line is this anthology is a terrific tool for the counselor who can customize the entries to the needs of the victimized student.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repition March 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even though this book tells about the thinking of bully culture, it does not satisfy my desire to learn more about bullying. In my thinking there are too many stories that repeat the same plot. Maybe this book is more interesting to a younger audience, rather than an old man that was picked on in the 1960s. Thank you from Bob Wearda.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, honest and powerful December 23, 2011
This is a hard book to review. I can't talk about writing, characters, plot, or any of the things I normally talk about in reviews, since those are different in each part of the anthology. I don't even think I can really judge the book, since it's so personal - how can you say a story is good or bad, when it's something that actually happened, to an actual person?

But at the same time, how personal each of the stories is is one of my favorite aspects of Dear Bully. This is so much more personal than a regular novel, and I felt like I was getting to know all of these authors in a completely different way than if I'd be reading one of their fiction books. I especially liked reading contributions by authors whose work I know - it's interestng to see how their past and their experiences with bullying shaped their writing.

Each one of these stories is great. Yes, maybe some of them are a little repetitive, but I didn't mind, since it just helped get the point across even clearer, and I think this way everyone will have one or two stories that speak to them personally. My favorites were "The Eulogy of Ivy O'Connor" by Sophie Jordan and "Slivers of Purple Paper" by Cyn Balog - they're just... wow. I've read them over and over again, and they made me cry each time.

I don't want to seem cynical, but I have to say, I liked the stories from the bully's point of view even better than the ones from the victim's. I loved all of them, and I felt for each of the characters, but my favorite chapter would have to be "Regret" - I can't even really explain why, but I loved the contributions where people apologized for being the bully or for doing nothing to stop a bully. I found it fascinating to read about their reasons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Faceted Anthology
My greatest fear before reading Dear Bully was that the approach would be one-sided. To a lesser extent, I also worried about its subtitle: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NebraskaIcebergs
5.0 out of 5 stars BOSS
This book was BOSS one of the best books I ever read. I would recommend this book ages 10 and up.
Published 1 month ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I could feel my emotions well up at each persons stories and to think that none were made up broke my heart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adrianne Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullying through the eyes of authors who have survived it
In Dear Bully you will find 70 young adult authors, most of whom are well-known and well-respected in world of contemporary young adult literature, writing about bullying. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Volkert Volkersz
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Bully
Excellent book..all middle schoolers should read it.!! I read a copy that I borrowed then bought one to keep for myself..
Published 5 months ago by Julieanne E Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and inspiring
I started this book not over a few hours ago and am already done. This book was so gripping that I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emily Ohman
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
This book is good for the first few stories, but towards the end, you can expect everything that will happen because you have read something almost exactly the same earlier in the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fran K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed perspective
I wish I had this while growing up. The stories are short and compelling - so many perspectives and required reading for anyone approaching adolescence.
Published 7 months ago by Sydney
5.0 out of 5 stars it helped me grow
i am young and still in middile school. but this book helped me grow, it made me feel unalone and it showed me that i waznt the only to be scared of school.
Published 10 months ago by samanth reyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Dear Bully
Okay, it is really hard to review this, since it has so many short stories and literally each one is so different from the next. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Runa
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