Showing posts with label bullying. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bullying. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2018

"Sophia Writes to Her Bully" by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Sophia Writes to Her Bully
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

Sophia Writes to Her Bully by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

To coincide with National Bully Prevention Month, author Dr. Mildred D. Peyton is on tour with iRead Book Tours to promote her anti-bullying books for children. The tour stops here today for my review of Sophia Writes to Her Bully, along with an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well, including my blog post on A Bully on the School Bus.


Description
Sophia experiences verbal and social (also referred to as relational) bullying from her classmates during recess. Whenever Sophia attempts to play with a group of students from her fourth-grade class, she is rejected; Amber also calls her an inappropriate name. Only when Sophia takes action by confronting her bully with a letter does her victimization finally end. Want to know what Sophia was being called and how her classmates treated her? Read Sophia Writes to Her Bully and find out what her letter is all about!
Social exclusion is a form of bullying experienced by some children. When it occurs, they feel isolated, alone, and humiliated. It is important for parents to be informed and talk with their children about all types of bullying (e.g., verbal, physical, social/relational, and cyberbullying) so they are better equipped to intervene or prevent their child from bullying others or being a victim of bullying.

Excerpt

Praise for the Book
“With everything kids are exposed to these days this book is timely. It is a good read, educative yet entertaining. It helps parents talk to kids about bullying and shows kids how they can deal with bullies. It also makes a good gift. Get it!” ~ Nasserdealfinder131
Sophia Writes to Her Bully is an open and shut bullying story that has a neat and happy resolution. While at first it seems unrealistic, the structure makes it a good choice as a conversation starter between children and adults.” ~ Hall Ways
“With easy to read pages and colorful illustrations, the author offers a complicated message in simple terms for families to discuss. While the bullying that Sophia endures is presented simply and straightforwardly - and a positive resolution comes quickly and easily - there is a larger message for families: bullying needs to be confronted. For families seeking to introduce a form of bullying - and a possible solution to the problem - this book is great option for that.” ~ Angela
“I am highly recommending Sophia Writes to Her Bully for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.” ~ Amy C
Sophia Writes to Her Bully is a story of understanding that is great for young children, parents and teachers. In one story much insight is given into how bullying can look, how it can make children feel and why it may not be resolved by teachers alone.” ~ Stephanie

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Sophia is having a hard time at school because the other kids, especially Amber, call her names and don’t want to play with her. Sophia’s mother comes up with a possible solution. Will it work?
I like how Sophia’s mother notices her daughter is not herself and encourages her to confide in her. She also comes up with a possible solution and empowers Sophia to resolve things with her bully. Reading this book with your children may open up the channels of communication and make them feel comfortable talking about bullying issues they may be experiencing.
The book contains cute, colorful, and expressive illustrations by Andy Hoang. The author provides some anti-bullying information at the end of the book: Definition of bullying, Facts about bullying, Tips for students, parents, and school personnel how to deal with bullying, Helpful resources for parents of children who are victims of bullying, and Bullying Statistics.

About the Author
Dr. Mildred Peyton
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, “Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children”.
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

"A Bully on the School Bus" by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
A Bully on the School Bus
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

A Bully on the School Bus by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

To coincide with National Bully Prevention Month, author Dr. Mildred D. Peyton is on tour with iRead Book Tours to promote her anti-bullying books for children. The tour stops here today for my review of A Bully on the School Bus, along with an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well. Keep an eye out for my review of Sophia Writes to Her Bully on 22 October.


Description
A Bully on the School Bus is about a little girl named Nicole, who experienced being bullied while she is on the school bus. On her way home from school one day, Nicole is confronted by one of her fellow schoolmates who rides the same school bus. This book helps readers understand how bullying may occur among school-aged children and, also, how readers can address the problem if and when such a problem does arise.

Excerpt


Praise for the Book
“Very timely book to read to your little ones. My daughter enjoyed this book and also learned relevant lessons about bullying. She is in Pre-K and now know how to handle herself and others when it comes to bullying. Good read for kids!!” ~ Amazon Customer
“I am highly recommending A Bully on the School Bus for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.” ~ Amy C
“I feel this is a book that every kid should be assigned to read. Kids are experiencing bullying on the school bus, playground, and even online, but most kids don't know what to do when they are being bullied. Reading A Bully On The School Bus can help kids to see that standing up to the bully and also asking for help from adults can help stop bullying.” ~ 12 year old Jarris
“The book teaches children to report anything that makes them feel bad and shows them how to handle bullying situations. It's also a good resource for adults that work with children to look for signs. I really think this book should be in school libraries everywhere and part of the curriculum. Kudos to the author!” ~ Tae
“… this book is a great starting point for parents or teachers to introduce an aspect of bullying - and offer resources for help. While the book resolves the bullying issue quickly, it gives parents and teachers a starting point to launch the ‘what if’ sorts of questions. […] I would certainly recommend this book for use with other children's books and other resources for parents and teachers seeking to educate and support students facing bullying.” ~ Angela

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Dylan tries to bully Nicole into giving up her seat on the school bus. How should she handle the situation?
This book gives a practical example of how a child should deal with a bully. I like how Nicole’s mother and the bus driver try to help Nicole resolve the situation as soon as she tells them what is happening. Unfortunately, the reality is that the child often doesn’t speak up. The language in this book is simple enough for children to understand on their own, but reading it together gives parents an opportunity to discuss the relevant issues with them in a non-confronting manner.
The book is colorfully illustrated by Andy Hoang with additional drawings by the author’s daughters, Leah and Jada. The story is followed by anti-bullying tips for students, parents, and school personnel, as well as helpful resources for parents of children who are victims of bullying.

About the Author
Dr. Mildred Peyton
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, “Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children”.
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

"Cascading Petals" by Jane C. Brady


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Cascading Petals
by Jane C. Brady

Cascading Petals by Jane C. Brady

Cascading Petals by Jane C. Brady is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Despite the years of bullying in school, Jewel Hart has remained sweet and kind. She has it all - a great life, a great family, and beauty - but she has never been able to obtain the one thing she wants - to belong.
When Jewel meets Kaiden Carter, a good-looking, charming new student at York Mills High, things start to look up. On the surface, he is perfect, but Jewel can’t shake the feeling that everything is not as it seems.
When the devastation of the rising suicides in her school hits too close to home and drives Jewel into a deep despair, she clings to Kaiden’s strength to find her way back. Through the pain and fear surrounding her, she finds hope and the will to go on. But just as she picks herself up, tragedy strikes again, threatening to steal her last glimmer of hope. How will she go on? Can she ever find her place in the world?


Book Video


Excerpt
“Kai?” she said one night as I lay on the couch, trying to block out my worries by distracting myself with an episode of Gotham.
“Yes?”
“I’m sorry, baby.” Tears glistened in her eyes. Guilt consumed her, and she evaded my gaze. “I’m sorry for the burden I’ve placed on you. I can’t seem to live without him. He’s been part of my life since we were children. I know in my head I have to overcome this and go on for you. I’ve always considered myself a strong woman, but now I realize he was my strength and my rock. Together we were a team.”
I stared at the TV, listening to her fidget while she waited for my reply. The TV screen faded as I considered her words. Finally, I looked at her and through gritted teeth asked, “Do you think it’s all peachy from where I’m sitting? I’m the kid, Mom, but I’m the one picking up the pieces. Am I not part of the team?”
“You were. You are.” She buried her face in her hands and wept.
I wanted her to snap the hell out of it. At that moment, I couldn’t stand the sounds of her sobs. Bitterness ate at me.
“Please, Kaiden. Don’t turn on me. I’ll try. I promise I will.”
I didn’t want to push her back to where she had been a few months ago. Fear of being without both my parents tortured me. That night, I decided to bury my feelings and the memories of my dad. Thinking of him had been too hard for us. I made a choice to be the strength he’d once been for her. In doing so, I stopped living the life of a teen.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“Heartbreaking and gritty and raw. I recommend for fans of literary YA fiction who like John Green, 13 Reasons Why, Mean Girls, etc.” ~ Jenna Brewster-Indie Book Reviewers
Cascading Petals by Jane C. Brady was simply amazing. I finished it a few days ago and am still digesting it. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. I found Brady’s narrative voice to be so engaging and authentic.” ~ Karen Matthews-Indie Book Reviewers
“I thought the author’s narrative prose was some of the best and most authentic I’ve read in a while, the way she brought the scenes to life, and the attention to personal details that gave these characters and each of their individual stories genuine authenticity. I was mesmerized by the world Jane C. Brady created and the characters, one so realistic and authentic, tragic and flawed… yet strong.” ~ Darla Ortiz


About the Author
Jane C. Brady
Jane lives life to the full because she doesn’t want to wake up twenty years from now regretting all the things she didn’t do. She’s an avid traveler who also loves throwing elaborate dinner parties where she wows her guests with gourmet meals. Jane has a passion for writing, interior design, history, movies, board games, and fitness. In her quest for an exciting life, however, she now draws the line at zip-lining, which she experienced in Costa Rica. Never again!
Jane comes from a family of six sisters and lived in a Tennessee plantation house for several years while growing up. She now lives in Western Canada but dreams of owning a vacation home in South Carolina. She lives with her husband (her high school sweetheart), two teenagers, and two dogs. When she grows up, she’d like to be her brilliant sixteen-year-old daughter (minus the mood swings).

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 32gb plus a signed copy of Cascading Petals by Jane C. Brady (US/Canada/UK only).

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"An Unstill Life" by Kate Larkindale

REVIEW and EXCERPT
An Unstill Life
by Kate Larkindale

An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale

This review opportunity for An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale is brought to you by YA Bound Book Tours.


Description
When your whole world is falling apart, what are the chances you’ll find love in the most unexpected of places?
Livvie feels like she’s losing everything: her two best friends have abandoned her for their boyfriends, her mother continues to ignore her, while her sister, Jules, is sick again and getting worse by the day. Add in the request Jules has made of her and Livvie feels like she’s losing her mind, too.
Her only escape is in the art room, where she discovers not only a refuge from her life, but also a kindred soul in Bianca, the school "freak". Livvie’s always felt invisible, at school and at home, but with Bianca, she finally feels like someone sees the real Livvie. As the relationship deepens and it comes time to take the romance public, will Livvie be able to take that step?
Livvie’s about to find out if she has what it takes to make the tough decisions and stand up for herself - for the first time in her life.


Excerpt
I lolled against Bianca, aware of her distinctive raspberry scent enveloping me. My laughter caught in my throat, and I had trouble breathing through it. I looked up at her, watching the way the streetlights played across her features. With her head thrown back, her throat was long and white, and I was overcome with a sudden desire to touch it.
I didn’t say a word, but she seemed to hear my thoughts. Her laughter quieted, and she turned to look at me, her eyes glittering in the sodium glow. For a long time we stood there, eyes locked, the warm breeze wafting across our skin.
Bianca bent her head, and her lips settled upon mine. They were warm and soft, slippery with lipstick. I shivered and pressed my own lips hungrily against hers. Her mouth opened a little, and I followed, admitting her inquisitive tongue. It tickled mine, darting in and out, waltzing across my taste buds. The flavor of wine, exotic and sour at the same time, flooded my mouth.
My heart beat a rapid tattoo through my chest. This was wrong. I should not be doing this. But I remained mesmerized, nerves I’d never noticed before singing songs of ecstasy along my spine. 
Kissing Jesse had been nothing like this.
She pulled away, slowly, as if surfacing from a dive. She licked her lips, smiling in satisfaction. Her lipstick, smeared now, blurred her mouth into something unrecognizable. I ran my tongue across my lips and tasted her there, spikes of electricity igniting in my belly. This was better than I could have imagined.
“Wow…” she breathed. “You’re good.”
“Am I?” I reached for her again, wanting nothing but her mouth on mine once more.
“Yeah, you are.” She pushed me against the wall, and I lost myself in her kisses.
Time held no meaning. It could have been seconds or forever before I drew back. Nothing so good could be wrong, yet my stomach writhed with guilt. “I…I should get home.” My voice was unsteady.
Bianca glanced up at the star-speckled sky and nodded. “Yeah. Me too.”
It felt completely natural when, as we walked toward the bus stop two blocks away, she slipped her hand into mine.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
"I cannot rate this book highly enough ... The honesty in Livvie's voice as she tells her story is refreshing. Her world is believable, relatable, breath-taking, and inspiring. I had to take a couple of 'cry breaks'" while reading. An Unstill Life is a must-read." ~ Jessica Lucci
"A beautifully written and poignant story dealing with more than one controversial issue, I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary issue-driven read." ~ Xan
"An Unstill Life is breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally riveting. I was so impressed and cannot wait to read more books by this stellar author!" ~ Laura

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Livvie is a fifteen-year-old girl with synesthesia (she tastes colors and sees sounds), who lives in the shadows of her friends and her older sister Jules, whose leukemia has just returned with a vengeance. Livvie feels invisible to her friends, the boys at school, and even her mother. Why is it, then, that Bianca, the strange Goth girl in her art class, is the only one who seems to see her? What starts out as bonding over their still life projects, slowly evolves into something more. As Livvie's school life and family life become more and more unbearable, Livvie has to find comfort somewhere. But not everyone is pleased with Livvie's new-found happiness. Will Livvie find the strength to stand up for herself for once in her life?
This book packs a lot of issues into one small package. I found Livvie's uncertainty about her sexuality a bit hard to comprehend, until I realized she is only fifteen. Her bad experiences with boys seem to push her toward Bianca, with only one minor reference to a possible attraction to females. It's sad to see how Livvie's mother treats her throughout the book, but the explanation for her behavior is a bit too convenient and not really substantiated by her actions. Livvie's relationship with her sister Jules is the best part of the book. I also love the descriptions of how Livvie perceives sounds as colors, especially the sounds of people's voices; they add such a wonderful nuance, I could almost see them myself. The images with stay with you for a long time after you finish reading.
A poignant story of family, friendship, loss, and first love.
Warnings: LGBT themes, underage drinking, sex scenes (not graphic), assisted suicide, mental health issues, terminal illness.

About the Author
Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A marketing executive, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.
Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket, and Residential Aliens, among others.
She has written eight contemporary YA novels, five of which other people are allowed to see. She has also written one very bad historical romance which will likely never see the light of day. She is currently ghostwriting an autobiography while waiting to see which of her many YA novel ideas gels to the point it might become a new book.

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