Book Giveaway: Dear Bully — Ends 9/23

High school was tough. Won’t go back there for $1 million tough. Wouldn’t pull a genie out of a bottle and take three wishes tough.

Growing up in a small town has enough advantages that I chose to come back and raise my kid in one. And yet, I had just 34 kids in my graduating class. That meant 34 choices for friends. And when you ran through them all, well, you were, for lack of a better word, SOL.

Shit. Out. Of. Luck.

I had friends older than me. And friends younger than me.

But the fact is, I was a kid who was bullied. Like an estimated 77 percent of today’s kid population. Like 70 of the most popular children’s authors of today.

Through my work at The Stir, I got to read the stories of these authors, the people whose works I read when I need something to take me out of my every day, the stuff I would have read when I was a bullied kid . . . only I was reading their predecessors (Cynthia Voigt, Judy Blume . . . ). It’s called Dear Bully, a book edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones. It features the likes of Megan McCafferty, Alyson Noel, R.L. Stine, etc.

And what stands out to me now is how little faith they had in the adults who surrounded them. I expounded on this at The Stir — read it there — but in a nutshell, they felt alone. I felt alone. I wanted someone to understand.

And so I ‘m taking a second copy of Dear Bully that landed on my doorstep after I wrote that piece and offering it up to a reader of Inside Out. Not because I like the hits that giveaways generate for this site but because I have a child who is headed for the teen years, a child who will need every protection from bullying that the world can afford. And because I remember what it was like to be bullied. I can bet some other people do too. I share this book, this free copy, to help other people recover from past tragedies and live to fight another day . . . for the next generation.

Want it? Tell me a story of your childhood. Were you bullied? Were you the bully? Was your school that nirvana where it didn’t happen? Tell the truth. This is mandatory.

For extra entries: 

1. Become a Facebook fan of Inside Out Motherhood, and leave a comment telling me (and drop by to leave me a comment on there too if you want — I’m a glutton for looooove).
2. Follow me on Twitter @jeannesager and tweet this giveaway — you MUST have an actual link to the giveaway in the tweet, or it doesn’t count. Leave a link to your Tweet in the comments below.
3. Grab my blog button (you’ll see it at left), post it on your blog, then leave me a link in comments so I can come visit you and say hi!

I think that’s it. Oh yeah — make sure I have some way to contact you if you’re the winner. If you’re a blogger and have a contact on your blog, that’ll do so you don’t have to put your email out there for the world to see. But if not, how about a Twitter handle, something, so I can reach out. Or you can check back. The contest will end September 23. 


  1. I was bullied all through middle school by the mean girls of my school. Me and my 6th grade best friend were picked on by this mean girls almost everyday. When my 6th grade best friend died in a car accident. It was the mean girls that were so devastated by her death. I mean i miss her so much but those mean girls had a hard time with how they had treated her. They claimed they would never bully anyone any more. But this was all a lie because those girls still picked on me in 7th and 8th grade. They tricked me and one of my 7th grade friends in to taking some so called lipgloss from them. When it was Orajel. It made our lips all numb. Thanks for doing this giveaway.!/pixiepuff2006/status/112538744871075840@pixiepuff2006

  2. I wasn't bullied in school, nor do I think that I was a bully. However, I was raised not to take shit from anyone, so I think if I had ever been bullied, I would've fought back.

  3. I'm a Facebook fan 😉

  4. Yes I was bullied, as was anyone who was in any way "different".

  5. I don't think there was really much actually bullying when I grew up. More just teasing. I wasn't teased. I was more ignored. That was okay. I was very shy. Today's kids seem to be much meaner for some reason. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  6. I was only bullied once that I remember and my older cousins took care of it for me! I learned to stand up for myself after that. Sometimes attitude is everything, especially if you are different in any way. Bullies are insecure and once you realize that, it's easy to turn the tables on them.

  7. When I was in the 6th grade there was this girl in the 7th grade who thought she ruled the school. She would intimidate most of the kids, including me. Well, one day I finally had had enough and I went after her at recess one day. There wasn't much of a fight, but it was enough to let her know that she didn't rule the school. She still bugged people from time to time, but kept more to herself. nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  9. I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted@NancyeDavis!/NancyeDavis/status/116922192775753729nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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