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On the sixth and final Book and a Chat about bullying I am pleased to have Kaitlin Bevis as a guest. The past five shows have covered many aspect of bullying from across all ages and I hope the shows have helped a few people along the way. Indeed I know from an email I received after one show they have indeed made a difference to some people.

Kaitlin herself has been on both sides of the bullying fence being bullied and being the bully, attending a small town school where classes were about twelve people and secrets were hard to keep. During the show she shared with us about one of her friends who with good looks, money a smart mind and a pleasant personality one would think would be “the” girl, instead because of the plus things she was bullied.

Kaitlin was one of those people who knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer. She spent her childhood curled up with a book, and a pen… Yes a pen… as If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it.

After studying English at college she started writing articles for truuconfessions.com and Athens Parent Magazine before starting her wonderful “Daughters of Zeus” and her first trilogy about Persephone.

While about a Greek Gods and Goddesses set in a modern setting there is always a background of bullying, anybody who knows a little about Greek Mythology will know Zeus could be a bit of a bully.

The series which to me is a must read, consists of “Persephone”, “Daughter of the Earth and Sky” and “The Iron Queen”, this is going to be followed by a trilogy about “Aphrodite” again set in a modern world.

About “Persephone”: (taken from Amazon)

There are worse things than death, worse people too.

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

This first book has already received almost a 100 reviews on Amazon filled with comments such as…

“‘Persephone’ is a fun, imaginative, smart retelling of my favorite myth, fusing modern culture with a rich world of magic. I had such a great time reading this. I ate it up in just a few days. With its irreverent sense of humor and its intelligent references, it reminds me most of Joss Whedon, in particular the livelier, funnier seasons of “Buffy” or “Angel.” 

All in all a good way to finish of my six shows about bullying. So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest on today’s last show about bullying on Bullying – A Book and a Chat with Kaitlin Bevis

Barry

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On this the fifth of my six shows featuring “bullying” my guest is teacher and fellow Connecticut author Shelia Murphy Adams.

From almost the time she could hold a crayon Shelia has loved writing, creating many poems and short stories, of which I am pleased to say, many from as far back as elementary school still exist.

Somewhat late in life Shelia became a teacher and as we learned from the show was not able to use her own experience as a mother but also share with her pupils the full process of creating a and editing a book.

So far with four books in print, Shelia has covered many subjects.

Her latest novel “The Coolest Kids in School” covers the issue of bullying. The story takes place in a school that is being ruled by a bully named Robbie.  When Pete, a tough looking new kid, starts school, the students worry that he will soon join forces with Robbie.  But Pete has no interest in being the class bully.  He actually thinks Robbie’s behaviors are lame.  Will Pete be able to convince Robbie and the other kids that being cool doesn’t mean being a bully?  Can Pete prove that a person can be both COOL and KIND?

Like her latest book, Shelia’s first book “Beads, Bands & a Brass Ring”, is illustrated by her father Ed Murphy. The book is a result of a memoir study which Shelia and her fourth graders explored.

Louie Digs Up a Surprise was her second published book, Shelia describes the reason for writing this book thus…

 As a teacher and mother, I have too often heard the words “I wish I could…” followed by any number of abilities or activities.  I wish I could play soccer like…, I wish I could draw like…, I wish I could do math like…  Children are so quick to compare themselves to others, always measuring their own abilities against those of their friends.  My wish as a teacher and mother is that all children will come to appreciate the qualities that make them special.

In the book Shelia creates a lovable character named Louie, a young puppy living on the Harrison’s farm.  Louie loves playing with his friends on the farm, but he can’t help comparing his abilities to those of his friends.

Next came Puffy No Nose he story of a much-loved and well-worn stuffed bunny, Puffy No-Nose, who finds himself replaced by a new favorite toy on Christmas morning.

These books for me with their teachers notes and information are ideal for any school library and a great gift for all children.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest on today’s show about bullying on Bullying – A Book and a Chat with Shelia Murphy Adams

Barry

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On this the fourth of my shows covering “bullying” I am pleased to welcome author Bruce Sarte for a return visit to the show.

Author of “The Towering Pines” series as well as introducing us to detective Lance Carter in books such as “Philadelphia Story” and the “Insider Story” and his soon to be released “Bourbon Street Story” which see’s Lance leaving Philly for a trip to the south.

Inspired by several speakers and some of the preventable tragedies A Sarte around us, Bruce author and Technology Professional will soon be presenting the Raising a Responsible Digital Citizen Town Hall.

Bruce shared much about what he has learned and is trying to educate both children and in many cases more so the parents who might not be as internet savvy as their offspring.
In his hour long town hall, Bruce will cover:

·    What is the digital landscape and how does your child see it?
·    How to prepare yourself for the digital landscape
·    What is Facebook and Twitter and why do you need to worry?
·    What is CISPA and why doesn’t it matter.
·    How to talk to your kids about using online resources such as Facebook, YouTube and the difference     between these and online research.
·    What is CyberBullying?
·    Why is CyberBullying particularly dangerous for your child?
·    How to help your child protect themselves from online predators and cyberbullies.
·    Preparing your home for a safe Internet and cell phone experience.
·    The Responsible Digital Citizen Contract

Also we touched on the new books and audio version of books coming out later this year.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest on today’s show about bullying on Bullying – A Book and a Chat with Bruce Sarte

Barry

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Today’s guest for this the third in the shows about bullying is Gae Polisner, perhaps half author and half mermaid, she first appeared on “A Book and a Chat” as one of the Class of 2K11 with her great YA novel ”The Pull Of Gravity”.

The book has since that time gone from strength to strength with some wonderful reviews on Amazon, today though Gae joined me to talk about “bullying’.

For much of her time at High School, Gae was bullied pretty much on a daily basis, while hard to remember the details of the how’s and whys she knows that she did NOT deserve it.

Despite many issues with both verbal and physical bullying, Gae’s view is…

“If you are suffering, if you are being bullied, even if no one is doing what they should to STOP those bullies: it DOES GET BETTER.** And, SOONER than you think!

There comes a point in your life where you not only DON’T FEEL HURT OR ANGRY OR BROKEN anymore, but you DON’T EVEN CARE about those moments. If anything, you look back at them as something that made you STRONGER, and a more compassionate person. Good qualities, mind you,  that will serve you well later in life.”

Gae is also a supporter of “Stand For the Silent” (https://www.facebook.com/SFTSorg) on Facebook  “Empowering youth to stand above bullying.”.. Please check them out.

On the writing front “The Pull of Gravity”  was named a Bank Street College Best Children’s book, 2012, a PSLA Best YA book for 2011, and won a 2011 Nerdy Award for Best YA Fiction. It was also a YALSA Readers’ Choice and CYBIL’s nominee.

Gae’s second book “The Summer of Letting Go” will be out next year and I hope to have her back on the program to discuss what I am sure will be another hit for this talented author and caring lady.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest on today’s show about bullying on Bullying – A Book and a Chat with Gae Polisner

Barry

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K.M.Walton, or rather “Kate”, describes herself on twitter as…”Author, reader, lover of Napoleon Dynamite, broccoli and kindness… KINDNESS ALWAYS WINS!”

From today’s interview in which we discussed her books weaved around bullying, the kindness art is plain to see, in fact she gives school presentations on the topic “The Power of Human Kindness”.

Always having a yearning to be a teacher, practicing that role with her three sisters when growing up, the dream turned into reality when she became a middle school language arts teacher and teaching coach, teaching for twelve years before becoming a full time author. Kate is passionate about education and ending peer bullying.

Though Kate is the co-author of “Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking”, a book for mathematics teachers K – 8, it is her two novel s “Cracked” and “Empty” that have put this Farrah Fawcett firmly on the literary map.

About “Cracked” :  (taken from authors web site)

Victor hates his life. He’s relentlessly bullied at school and his parents ridicule him for not being perfect. He’s tired of being weak, so he takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills — only to wake up in the hospital.
Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. He’s the opposite of weak. And he’s tired of his grandfather’s drunken beatings, so he tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.


When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, things go from bad to worse. Until they discover they just might have something in common: a reason to live.

Described as “unrelenting look at the corrosive effects of bullying, sometimes coming from where one would least expect it…  crackling with emotional intensity from beginning to end.”

Cracked was soon followed by Kate’s second novel “Empty”.

About “Empty”:  (taken from authors web site)


Dell is relentlessly teased about her weight, and she’s devastated when a tender moment with her long-time crush turns violent. Distraught and isolated after the attack, Dell’s depression—and life—spins out of control.


Finding that food no longer eases her pain, Dell turns to her mother’s prescription pain pills. But what starts as a quick fix rapidly escalates. How far will Dell go to make the loneliness, the self-loathing, the heartbreak, the shame, and the name-calling stop?

One reviewer described “Empty” thus…

Harrowing, powerful and dark, Empty is, quite simply, an unforgettable read. It’s a story of a girl who founds herself in a downward spiral of depression.  A bleak and disturbing tale of desperation,  bullying, rejection, self-loathing, betrayal, abuse and negligence.  An irrefutably authentic, utterly engrossing and supremely readable novel that will leave you tear-streaked and emotionally drained.  You absolutely can’t afford to miss it.

A third book is already in the editing stage, and I hope to have Kate back on the future show to discuss what I am sure will continue to be her success as an author.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog, one of Kate’s sayings is “Kindness Always Wins” and from her school presentations and within her books that is something that is something she is sharing with all.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today’s first show about bullying on Bullying – A Book and a Chat with K.M.Walton

Barry

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Starting today I have six shows which cover bullying, be it authors who have written about the subject or people that have been involved in the subject, some like Patty  Blount my guest on today’s show covers both writers and those affected by bullying.

The government web site stopbullying.gov defines bullying as…

“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”

It is as most of us know a lot more than that, within a work place, a marriage or in daily lives bullying affects both young and old.

Patty was not only share with us how her own life was affected by bullying in the work place but also how her own sons issues of being bullied and then being accused of being a bully lead to her writing her first book “Send”.

As Patty says in her own words…  (Taken from Jeanbooknerd.com) :

People often wonder how I got the idea for SEND and why I wrote it from the bully’s perspective. The answer to this question is a complicated one – actually, it is an answer with several parts that converged into what would ultimately become Dan Ellison’s story.

First, let me tell you about my son. When my oldest boy, Rob, was in sixth grade, he broke down in tears one gloomy night in April and told me he no longer wanted to live. To say I was surprised would be the biggest understatement in history. Turns out, he’d been the victim of bullies since the term began the previous September. I had no clue he was being tormented. I had no idea he was even unhappy. He was twelve years old and suffering through an early puberty. His classmates tormented him over his body hair, his acne, his deep voice and made him feel so freakish, he actually believed he was not normal. We got him help and spoke to his teachers and principal and my son finished out the year with no further incidents. He’s now in college but his scars are deep.

The second contributing factor occurred the following year, when Rob was in seventh grade. I’d left the house early one Saturday morning to run errands with my youngest son in tow. Rob was still sleeping when I left. When I returned to my house, I saw some guy hanging by his fingertips from my living room window. This guy turned out to be the older and very muscular brother of a classmate who claimed Rob was now bullying him. He came over to ‘talk some sense into him,’ which – judging by his confrontational demeanor – was code for ‘see how he likes it.’

I’ve been a parent for a long time now and I KNOW most of us are oblivious to our kids’ shortcomings and faults. I have seen so much denial in my life but trust me on this – the word ‘disbelief’ doesn’t even come close to describing my reaction. How could the same boy in so much pain barely a year earlier turn around and cause that same pain in someone else? Near as I was able to determine, since the child would not directly address us, Rob intimidated this child without meaning to. Rob is large: by sixth grade, he was shaving, had reached five foot nine inches tall, which put him about a foot and a half higher than most of his classmates. What he thought was fooling around or playing was perceived as something entirely different by this boy. Judging by the depth of Rob’s guilt after hearing the accusations from this boy’s family, I have to believe he never meant to intimidate or threaten anybody.

“Send” has received many plaudits and wonderful reviews from people of all ages, and I am sure has helped many who can relate to what the story is about.

About “Send” (taken from Amazon):

All Dan wants for his senior year is to be invisible. This is his last chance at a semi–normal life. Nobody here knows who he is. Or what he’s done. But on his first day at school, instead of turning away like everyone else, Dan breaks up a fight. Because Dan knows what it’s like to be terrorized by a bully—he used to be one.


Now the whole school thinks he’s some kind of hero—except Julie. She looks at him like she knows he has a secret. Like she knows his name isn’t really Daniel…

Since this debut book Patty has written two more novels, both involving teen/tween issues, and I look forward to having Patty back as a guest in December when we can discuss these other books as well as what has anything else we can find to talk about.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today’s first show about bullying on Bullying – A Book and a Chat with Patty Blount

Barry

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How does a playground peace maker, who went on to become a Correctional Officer use her communication, and conflict resolution experience to help children?

Charmaine Hammond’s first career was as a Correctional Officer, after which she pursued her passion for conflict management, specializing as a dispute resolution expert

Now as the President of Hammond International Inc., Charmaine helps individuals, teams, businesses, government departments, and corporations improve resilience, and inspired performance.

When she and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever who proved to be a holy terror, little did she know what Toby would also bring and how he would take Charmaine almost full circle and lead her down a literary path that would become almost a cult following.

About “On Toby’s Terms: (Taken from Amazon)

When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t count on what he’d do in the meantime. Soon after he entered their lives and home, Toby proved to be a holy terror who routinely opened and emptied the hall closet, turned on water taps, pulled and ate things from the bookshelves, sat for hours on end in the sink, and spent his days rampaging through the house.

Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then pushing the lid of the toilet off the tank, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife- block in the kitchen-and when the couple discovered Toby’s bloody paw prints on the phone-they decided Toby needed professional help. Little did they know what they would discover about this dog.
On Toby’s Terms is an endearing story of a beguiling creature who teaches his owners that, despite their trying to teach him how to be the dog they want, he is the one to lay out the terms of being the dog he needs to be. This insight would change their lives forever.

This book became an Amazon number one best seller and will soon be made into a major motion picture. It also enable Charmaine to raise a large amount for charity.

As ‘Jen Panteluk Director of Development Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta wrote…

On Toby’s Terms is a wonderful book and Charmaine Hammond has done an amazing job sharing their story of Toby. I completely admire what they have done with Toby – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll walk away with some great life lessons. I highly recommend this read!’

Charmaine did not stop writing for her other job and has produced several help books as well as a follow up to “On Toby’s Terms”. “Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends”. This second Toby book beautifully illustrated by a lifelong friend of Charmaine’s, follows Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy and forget that they are sick and away from home.

With a new Toby book about bullying on the way and further TV and radio follow up the name of Charmaine Hammond will continue to be to follow, showing how lessons learned in the business world can also relate to the lives of children.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Charmaine Hammond

Barry

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