A few months ago, two young adult novelists, Megan Kelley Hall ("Sisters of Misery") and Carrie Jones ("Need") joined forces to help kids who are dealing with bullying. After chatting over their shared interest in the Phoebe Prince tragedy, the two authors launched the Facebook page, Young Adult Authors Against Bullying. Within a few days, the page had more than 500 members (as of this writing is has more than 4,700.)
Inspired by the page's overwhelming response, Jones decided to share her own story about bullying on her personal blog and encouraged other authors to share stories their stories as well. Jones and Hall received so many stories that they decided to collect the authors’ stories into an anthology. Two hundred entries later, the pair had essays, songs, poems, letters to former bullies, and illustrations about bullying. The hardest part, they say, was editing the entries down to the final 70.
The result, "Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories," will officially hit store shelves on Sept. 6. The final listing of contributors who donated stories include Heather Brewer, Mo Willems, Ellen Hopkins, Cecil Castellucci, Eric Luper, Carolyn Mackler, R.L. Stine, Alyson Noël, Lauren Kate, Lisa McMann, Lauren Oliver, Nancy Werlin, Jon Scieszka and Nancy Garden. Jones and Hall, also donated pieces to the collection, and are donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to a national anti-bullying program, Stomp Out Bullying.
Can't wait to see the book? You can also check out the Dear Bully website to read stories that were not included in the book and new material that comes in each day.