About the project



We are the authors and editors for teens and young readers that have come together to share our stories about bullying.

On this website, you will find stories not included in the book, information about the authors and editors involved in the project, Dear Bully in the news, and much more.

18 thoughts on “About the project

  1. You might like to check out my new trailer for Hot issues, Cool Choices, my book about bullying. All the stories in my book are based on true experiences related to me by students during my school visits, and the book is dedicated to a 12-year-old boy who took his own life as a result of being bullied.
    Sandy Humphrey
    Retired Clinical Psychologist and Children’s/YA Author

  2. Just heard your NPR interview. Excellent conversation! Thank you for raising awareness about the long-term effects of bullying (on the target, the aggressor, and the by-stander). I also appreciated your pointing out the little realized fact that most of us have been on all sides of this equation at one time or another.

    Love to get a review copy of Dear Bully for a future blog post. I’m a YA author too, and my new book app “Be Confident in Who You Are” A Middle School Confidential graphic novel puts social strategies and avenues of understanding into the hands of kids who deal with these issues every day. http://www.middleschoolconfidential.com/apps.html

  3. Delete Digital Drama = Cyberbully
    .I wouldn’t have forgiven the friend. My so called best friend started spreading rumors about me and did other horrible thing behind my back. I stopped talking to her, people kept telling me to forgive her. I responded by saying would you rather me not talking to her or me beating her up? you choose, and they stopped bugging me about making mends with her. Now I have no anger towards her, but have no compassion for her either. You live and you learn, choose your friends wisely.
    Teresa is excited by the prospect of going online to meet new friends without her mother always looking over her shoulder. However, teresa soon finds herself the victim of betrayal and bullying while visiting a popular social website. Obsessed with the damaging posts, she begins to withdraw from her family and friends, including her life-long best friend, Caldone . Tormented and afraid to face her peers at school, Teresa is pushed to an extreme breaking point. It is only after this life-changing event that teresa learns that she is not alone – meeting other teens, including a classmate, who have had similar experiences. teresa mom, Kris reels from the incident and takes on the school system and state legislation to help prevent others from going through the same harrowing ordeal as her daughter.

    learns that she is not alone

    folloCyberbully follows Teresa a teenage girl who falls victim to online bullying, and the cost it nearly takes on her and her family. Teresa is a pretty 18-year-old high school student but a little awkward, and painfully aware of it. When her mom gives her a computer for her birthday, Teresa is excited by the prospect of freedom and the independence of going online without he…r mother always looking over her shoulder.

    However, Teresa soon finds herself the victim of betrayal and bullying while visiting a social website, and afraid to face her peers at school, including her best friend she is pushed to a breaking point.

    Teresa mom, reels from the incident and takes on the school system and state legislation to help prevent others from going through the same harrowing ordeal as her daughter.

    .ws teresa


  4. hi.i’m known as matt romero @ facebook n i would like 2 get some advice on how i should handle bullying.i am always bullied by dis boy in my class who always comments about anything he cn about me like how i would turn in2 a werewolf at a full moon during halloween n humiliate me in front of every1 4 no apparent reason like scolding me vulgarities.my fren n i r his victims n no1 helps us even though he is disliked in our class.there were other instances when my other classmates picked on me too like dis group of girls who would look @ me like i’m something filthy in their eyes n a couple of them actually rammed their tables from d back of my chair so dat i cn’t sit down properly even though there’s enuf space @ d back of d classroom.when i confronted them about thir behaviour,d leader of the 2 argued wif men acted as if she was doing nothing wrong,whereas her fren was smiling n said dat she needn’t b so cheeky..i dunno why i’m so…intensly disliked in my class cuz i just mind my own business in sch n keeps my nose under a bk if i’m not talking 2 anybody..wat should i do?

    • You should tell a teacher, or parent. I know this is most people’s answer but I learned through three ways to get rid of a bully: 1 tell an adult, 2 ignore them, 3 listen to music that you can relate to. I don’t know if this will help, but there is my advice.

  5. I would like to start working on getting this to be required reading/discussion in at least middle schools around here. My son is being bullied; I was bullied in school many years ago. I’ve read horror stories of tragic outcomes. I am a 47 year old mother of 5 school aged children. Bullying is something I have very little tolerance for. I am wondering if by some miracle I can get this approved through our board of education, is there any way to get a price reduction if we purchase multiple (100+) copies of the book at a time to get in the classrooms? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Lori K.

  6. I have been bullied almost my whole life. I am now eighteen but I can remember from the time of ten being bullied. I still have problems with the name that they would call me. I used to think to myself that i would always be “Miss Piggy” to everyone and that it would never change. Bully caused me so much frustration and depression that I started cutting myself at the age of thirteen. I remember no matter what school I went to (I transfered around a lot) that the name always seemed to follow me. Even my younger sister called me it a few times. I usually escaped the world of bullying by reading. I was a very avid reader growing up. It helped me to ignore the people around me that were calling me names. Even in highschool I was picked on and called “Miss Piggy”. I despised the name. I was seventeen years old when I finally realized that I was letting the name rule my life. I learned to love who I am. I wish that some other people found this out before it was to late. My younger sister’s best friend killed himself because of bullying. This happend not even a month ago. My sister is still broken over the lose of him. I never want a family to experiance that. I now work on a facebook that is a campaign against bullying. I am hoping that at least one person will be saved through my story.

  7. In 5th grade it started I was bullied at school I hated it
    A girl in 5th grade was the meanest girl ever who bullied
    The 4th 5th 6th and 7th grades no one liked her she
    Became my friend. We talked,walked,laughed,sat next
    To each other in class and eventually I started bullying
    I noticed no one liked me either so I went to every person
    I bullied ( only 5 people ) and asked them to forgive me
    And i said I’m truly sorry and I’m fine if you don’t forgive me
    I became the girl I never wanted to be. I soon was bullied
    By that girl she hated me and the thing is she never got stopped
    None of the teachers ever stopped her they thought she
    Stopped but she didnt. Of coarse I was dum and went
    Back to her because I was desperate for friends in the summer
    I went to sea world with her and her mom. She called me fat
    And told me I was ugly and I need to Chang of coarse she said
    It when her mom wasn’t there. I had no way to leave sometime
    In that 4 day period I wanted to run from that place or call my
    Parents and tell them everything but she was always right
    Next to me so I said nothing. I was happy when I got home
    I cried straight for 2 hours. I now look back Im thankful
    To go through all that not because I liked it or it was fun it was
    Because she showed me what I don’t wanna be or how not
    To treat people so I thank you Ting for that you made me the girl
    I want to be.

  8. When i read this book i found several stories that sounded similar to how I am treated at my school. I never thought of myself as bullied, truly bullied, until i read this. Dear Bully opened my mind to so many kinds of ways to be bullied by people. I always thought being bullied was something from sixth grade and below, & just casual, slightly or majorly hurtful “jokes” after that. I’m haunted by kids who say that I’m lesbian and/or bisexual, Emo & Goth, and just other general things. It hurts but i normally laugh it off or wait so i could direct my anger at writing; on most occasions as well i will throw back retorts & comments, only to relive the pain & replaying the conversations before falling asleep late at night.

    This is my advice for those fellow kids (& teens alike) who are being bullied: Stand up; dont let your tormentors get what they want- to hurt you. Laugh back with a funny comment or make them want to hold their tongues with a smart & to the point retort. I dont mean be violent & cruel to them, i mean: tell them how it is & to leave you alone, to not bother you anymore. Then ignore them whenever they’re near. Eventually, not always that day or week or month, but eventually they will move on. It really does help me with those who bully me (even though i mightve just realized i was bullied). Also realize, each tormentor is different so different tactics will work. Find a safe & effective one to work with your tormentor(s).

    & above all. . . . Dont let them get to you. Only you can let the bullies get to you, but caring about what they think & say. Don’t care what they think & say to you. Stay strong, you’ll get through it

  9. Will this book be translated any time soon? I’m a teacher from the Netherlands and would like to read stories from this book out to my pupils, but they won’t understand the English version!

  10. I loved the book. It gave me so much hope because even though the contributors were bullied and tortured to no extent, they are all still very successful men and women. I hope that the magazine I created Courage for Tomorrow, will give people that same hope, that it will get better, in not just bullying but life in general. So, thank you. 🙂

  11. I’ve recently completed this marvelous book, “Dear Bully,” for my English Language AP class and I must say, job WELL done! I was marveled from the very beginning at how seventy famous authors joined hands to deliver such a touching piece of work. Hooked from the beginning, I couldn’t put this book down unless I was connecting each particular author’s story to my own or to those around me. I have always been a big advocate on the topic of anti-bullying, and this book heightened my advocacy. With every word, every single word, I could vividly picture those situations happening in the very halls of my high school and every other one across the world.

    With bravery and concern, these authors detailed their own personal experiences in this book not only for their benefit, but to touch all readers. From accounts of being bullied, witnessing bullying, and even being the bully in some cases, these collections spoke to me, just as I’m sure it did for other fellow readers. While reading this collection, I occasionally found tears falling from my eyes as I remembered what it was like being bullied in middle school. I didn’t have this book to comfort me then, but I’m positive this novel would be of assistance to anyone associated with bullying. Bullying is NO laughing matter. It is a very serious epidemic and it NEEDS to be handled as such. Bullying is a part of society, but it shouldn’t be. Bullying shouldn’t be classified as “normal” because anything that hurts or shoots daggers at someone is NOT normal. Hurting is NOT normal.

    I would recommend this book to every single person in the world; of any age. In my opinion, every student in every school should be required to read these seventy author’s accounts of bullying. It might save their life or provide inspiration just as it did for me. There are millions of teenagers out there experiencing the same problems as the authors included in this book experienced. Bullying hasn’t disappeared. It won’t go away with a snap of a finger; but the authors in this book really helped this process. I commend everyone who contributed to this emotional and riveting novel including Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones. This will be the book that my own kids will read when that time comes and I’m very grateful to have happened upon this novel. Again, and I cannot say it enough, remarkable job well done; but the story isn’t over yet.

  12. I’ve always been the girl to have a critical eye, and because of that it lead me to having very little amounts of friends, and sometimes having no friends at all. When I moved for the fifth time to a LDS community I had no clue at the time. I’ve never been religious and I don’t wish to be just to fit in. Well, that’s the reason I’m bullied. I’m not only a supporter for gay rights, I’m bisexual and I do feel like a big outsider at my school. I mean, I hang out with some kids and we talk in class but I know that I’m only just someone they feel sorry for and they see my sadness. And I think my critical eye is a problem. I judge easily and I tend to run and not deal with the problem. If I just got rid of that side, but would that make it better……

  13. I’m the smart, not popular, loner, “emo”, tomboy in my school. My friends just abandoned me because I was getting bullied, and now I have no one to turn to. What should I do?

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