September 30, 2011

Story Time With Jen

I am so excited to share my latest project with you!

My new blog is up and I'm so happy with it! My hope is that it will become a resource of ideas and a place sharing for librarians, children's staff, teachers and parents. 

The blog's focus is on Early Literacy, Story Times, and other Children's programming. I'll also be reviewing picture books, early readers and books to share with babies and toddlers.

I'll still be posting on this blog too!
 I love Lost in the Library and am so grateful for your support since this all began.

Much Love,
Jen (librarygal)

By the way, like Lost in the Library, Story-time with Jen was designed by the fabulous 
Tawni at 
Forever Design Studios. 
Thanks Tawni! xo

September 28, 2011

Top 100 YA Books-How Many Have You Read?

Loved this list I found over at Avery's Book Book....

I thought it would be fun to see how many of the books on the list I've read.....I can't believe I've read 56 of the 100 titles!

Top 100 YA books
  1. Alex Finn – Beastly
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
  18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
  38. John Green – Paper Towns
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8)
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick; Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
  93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped
How many have you read?

September 27, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I want to Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. Each week we post our top ten on a variety of book related topics! This week's topic- Books we want to re-read!

My List:

1. Twilight Saga 1-3 by Stephenie Meyer: I love to re-read this series, it's my go to series for escape, or if I'm in a reading slump- I can almost always count on it to get me back on track.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I've read this twice, and I look forward to revisiting it again.....and Four. :)

3. Hunger Games & Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Soooooooo good. I liked Mocking Jay as well, just I don't know if I could read it again, it was so sad this first time.

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. My new favourite, I plan to disappear in to the magic for a second time very soon. If you haven't read this yet, go to your nearest book

5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Pandemonium is coming out in March and I'll be reading Delirium again before then.

6. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. My ultimate book boyfriend is in this book.( you know if I were a teenager etc)  Jay...le sigh

7. Shifter, Bluefire by Janice Hardy. Dark Fall (third book) comes out in October. I love this series, and I'll be doing an author q & a and featuring the series in October.

8. Halfway to the Grave (The Night Huntress Series) by Jeanine Frost. OH so good. And steamy.

9.Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. I bet this will be on many peoples lists today. I tend to re-read 3 & 5, and now 7 too.

10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Poetic, moving, heart wrenching, beautiful. This is one to read and read and read and read.

Are our lists similar? Any that you've already re-read?

September 25, 2011

Anyone Else Ready for more Patch?

I know I am!

Have you heard of this amazing series by Becca Fitzpatrick?

Silence hits shelves on October 4th which is less than 2 weeks away!!! 
If you haven't read the series you still have time to catch up!

Summary of Silence:
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
(...le sigh)

If you're in Ontario, you also have to check out this amazing contest -Even if you can't make it to the event, you still have a chance to win a signed set and a gift card!

Good Luck,  and check back for my review of Silence!

September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway

Banned Books week ( in the states) begins today and runs until next Saturday October 1st. The Canadian version of Banned Books Week called "Freedom to Read" is usually in February. 
Both are important weeks and need our support. Books are empowering, freeing, address issues, start conversations and often remind us that we are not alone. Books are not dangerous. They are memory makers and life savers. We have the right to read what we want and we should always have the freedom to choose and ensure that others have that freedom as well. For more information check out this link-

To bring awareness to Banned Books Week I'm participating in the Banned Books Week Giveaway! Special thanks to Jen from I Read Banned Books and Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting the hop. The giveaway opens today (September 24th) and closes October 1st with one winner chosen at random and announced on October 2nd. To enter just fill out the form. The winner will be able to select one book from the list of top ten banned books in 2010 below. Be sure to visit the other blogs participating! Just visit Jen or Kathy's blogs for the link list!

                                                      The Top Ten Banned Books in 2010

 1) And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
 2) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
 3) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
 4) Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
 6)Lush, by Natasha Friend
7) What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
 8) Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
 9)Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
 10) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

September 23, 2011

and the winner is!

The Winner of my "Giveaway because you make me happy" is..............

Ashley from

I've sent you an email:)-congrats!

TGIF- Reading Challenges

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!
This weeks question:

Reading Challenges: Did you sign up for any this year? 
How has your progression been?

 I signed up for a few this year.....
The Début Author Challenge
The Non-Fiction Challenge & 
I challenged myself to read 75 books this year on GoodReads

I've definitely done well in the début author challenge, I love reading début authors, I am often blown away by their first book. I also think it's important to support new authors. I haven't been very good at linking my reviews up to The Story Siren or entering the give-aways though..

I've not followed through on the Non- Fiction Challenge at all! I made a goal of 12 non-fiction books and I've only read one. (pathetic)

I'm at about 45 books read for the year which means I'm a bit ahead of my challenge on Goodreads. 45 is great for me so far considering I only read about 50 the whole year last year. Sometimes I feel badly that I don't read as much as other bloggers,  but all we can do is what we can do right? 

What Challenges have you entered this year? What ones would you recommend signing up for next year?

September 20, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Feel Everyone has Read but Me

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we post our top ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. I love the topic this week!
My List:

1. Beautiful Creatures  by Kami Garcia- I have had this in my to-read pile 4-ever!!! Just haven't had a chance to pick it up.

2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This isn't even out yet, but I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't had a chance to read it.

3. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. This is out today, I'll def. be picking up a copy, the reviews have been wonderful!

4. Looking For Alaska by John Green. I know, I know, How could I have not read this? I own it, I love John Green...what's my problem?

5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Again I have this book buying obsession, I own 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and people have raved- I just haven't made the time.If only there was a way I could take 3 months off work and spend it catching up on my TBR pile.

6.Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Followers of this blog, know my love for If I Stay. I bought Where She Went the day it released, just can't bring myself to read it.......I guess because I loved If I Stay soooooo much.

7.House of Night Series by PC Cast / Kristin Cast. I just have not been interested, but I know many who love this series.

8.Gone by Michael Grant. I have a dear friend who just loves....LOVES this series. Every time we meet for coffee, she asks if I'd read it yet and every time I say "not yet" I feel terribly, horribly guilty.

9. Nearly everything Oprah selected for the book club on her show. I worked in a book store, when Oprahs' Book Club was going strong. The day that she announced her book club choice...the phones rang off the hook.  I remember people would ask ....have you read_____________________? and I'd reply "no" and they would say " was on Oprah!!"

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love Sense and Sensibility. I have 5 different editions, but I've never read or even watched P & P.

Are there any on the list above I just have to read?

September 18, 2011

Giveaway! Giveaway! Because you make me happy!

Thank you fellow readers, bloggers, friends, and co-workers for your support!
I can not tell you what it means to me other than to say that this experience has been and 
continues to be life changing in the best of ways.

In honour of that -a give away - One winner will be chosen at random to choose a book of their choice (under 15.00) from the Book Depository, AND a copy of one of my favourite books this year 

Just fill out the form below:)

September 16, 2011

It's Friday!!! TGIF & Follow

TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Each week a new book related question is posted: 
This week: 

Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes? 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

 I know that there are many who have loved this book, actually the entire series. There is still a waiting list for this one at my library. I thought it sounded wonderful, my book-club chose it as a selection, it's adult and met my "adult" quota for the month. I didn't get past page 100. Apparently, If I had read to page 132, I would have been hooked. But 132 pages? That's a lot of time to devote to one book before getting hooked.
Have you read it?

It's been forever since I participated in the Friday Follow which is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. I really liked the question this week:

What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

The world of Harry's real already isn't it? A very small part of me likes to believe that it is, a larger part of me can not wait for my Pottermore email :)

Have a great weekend everyone! Be sure to leave I link so I can check out your answers:)

September 14, 2011

Library Land

It's September and right now at work I'm busy working on planning and prepping my fall library programs. My head is buzzing with story times and songs and rhymes, craft and science activities and now in the middle of it all I need to plan out and outline my programs for winter! AHHH! 

I'd really like to offer a Lego program for school-agers but I'm not sure where to begin (aside from getting the blocks) If your library has offered a Lego program, or you're in the process of planning one, I'd love to know what your including, how many blocks you need to run it successfully, what group size you have, and if you store the creations week to week or the kids start fresh every week?


Waiting on Wednesday- 09/14-11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature where we post about the books we can NOT wait to read....It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My pick this week:

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
to be published by Putnam Sept 29 2011

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

What's your pick this week?

September 12, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

It's book blogger appreciation week and I couldn't let it go by without giving a shout-out to the bloggers that have made an impact on my blogging experience and my life. I've been blogging for a year and a half. And I love it. I love the connections I make with the readers of my blog, I love having an outlet to share my love of books and reading and I love having something for myself.
  Every blogger I have (met) and every blog that I read has had an impact. I'm introduced to new viewpoints, different ways of thinking, books I haven't heard of, or books that I have read and loved and now get to witness someone else reading and loving too. So Amazing!

There are few bloggers who have made this experience extra special for me in some way and this is my chance to thank them.

Maria from Cari's Book Blog- for being a supportive friend, not sure I have words to thank you enough.

Liz from MidnightBloomReads -One of my favourite bloggers -I love chatting books with her and she's the RT queen!

Jacinda from The Reading Housewives - We share a love of True Blood and I can always count on her for support.

Ginger from GREADS - Ginger was one of the first bloggers I really connected with, she's been an awesome support and she has the best taste in music.

Carla from The Crooked Shelf- I don't know her well, we haven't really chatted but I love her blog and her tweets and she reminds me that I should never be anyone but myself. She's says what she thinks and how she feels and I so admire that.

 Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner, Jen from the Makeshift Bookmark, Anna from Anna Reads, Ashley from the Book Labryinth, Melissa from I Swim for Oceans, Jen from I Read Banned Books,  Ashley from BasicallyAmazing, Mel from He Followed Me Home are all bloggers that I am so grateful to know, they all inspire me.

September 10, 2011

In My Mailbox- 09-10-11

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature where we post about the books we received  through out the week. It's hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.


Juliet ImmortalThe Perks of Being a WallflowerCity of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Series, #2)Left Neglected

There was a buy three, get one free sale at Chapters and I just couldn't resist:)
I've already read Perks of Being A Wallflower (amazing) but I wanted a copy to read again, and again, I've read City Of Ashes as well, I have the other 3 in the series but somehow I missed that one.

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

For Review:

Darkfall (Healing Wars, #3)

Darkfall by Janice Hardy

Just one for review this week but it is one that I am soooo totally excited about! This is the third book in 
The Healing Wars series, and I can not wait to read it! 
I'll be hosting a Q & A with the author (Janice Hardy) in a month or so! 
You can read my reviews for The Shifter and Bluefire by clicking on the links

What did you get in your mailbox?

September 9, 2011

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Perfect Square

Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Published by  Green Willow Books April 2011

A perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond 
the four equal sides of this square book. An entire world out of one simple square. This ingenious picture book celebrates how creativity can change the way one looks at a basic shape . . . or the world itself.

A fab colleague of mine introduced me to the amazingness of this book.  I used for a reading buddies program this past summer which is for children in grades 1-4. But I really think the book would have great applications for all ages as well and would make a terrific art lesson.

Ideas to Extend the Book:

  • We provided metallic paper squares and had the children cut, rip and change them to create their own pictures. You could also take it a step further and have them create a story around their picture
  • Using Tangrams- Tangrams are a puzzle made of 7 flat pieces that you can put together to form a puzzle, there are many combinations. There is even a folktale to go along with how they were created.-

September 7, 2011

Waiting to Read.....

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week we post about a book we are anxiously awaiting to get our hands on.

My pick this week:


Fateful by Claudia Gray
Published by Harpercollins Sept 13 2011

When seventeen-year-old Tess Davies, a ladies' maid, meets handsome Alec Marlow aboard the RMS Titanic, she quickly becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his past, but her growing love puts her in mortal peril even before fate steps in.

At least I don't have to wait to long, I've heard amazing things about it!

September 4, 2011

In My Mailbox- September 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week we talk about the books we received by through the mail, from the library or at the store.

For Review:

Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (I bought this one)
Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan James
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (OMG!!!!)

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Survivors by Will Weaver

Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
Storybound by Marisa Burt.
Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

Ghosts by Gaslight Edited by Jack Dann

What an incredible mail week! Thanks so much to my Harper Book Fairies, I opened that box and it felt like Christmas :)

What was in your mailbox?

September 1, 2011

Dear Bully

Dear Bully Edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones
Published by Harper Teen September 1st 2011
ARC provided by the Publisher

You are not alone
Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.
Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

     I would never dream of reviewing a book like this because the stories contained within are the personal stories of the author. It wouldn't be possible to review their experiences. I will however say how important a book like this is, how scary the statistics are and how sad it made me to read and remember the cruelty of  others. This book needs to be on the bookshelves of every home with a school-ager, tween or teen. In every school classroom, in every school library and in every public one too. It should be required reading for every teacher and school Principal. It needs to be accessible to everyone because the message that  "you are not alone" is such an important one.

My story: (this is me being brave and personal-because the authors are inspiring)

   I can tell you that when I was in high-school I felt like the "most" alone person in the world.  In between grade 8 and grade 9 was the summer that really started it all. I hung out with my best friends everyday and every evening. We partied, had sleepovers, and watched endless amounts of horror movies. In August of that summer my family took a vacation- I was gone 4 days. That's it. 4 flipping days. And I came back to a complete life change. My friends no longer spoke to me. I had no idea why, I never did find out because they never said. I got the silent treatment, and when they weren't being silent they were calling my house and saying horrible things, and sometimes evening threatening me. When I told my mom she said "they are not your friends then" but they were, they had been and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what had happened. 
  Of course this made starting high-school in the fall terrifying. I switched schools. I went to a school where I thought no one would know me. I sat alone at lunch, and then I skipped school to avoid sitting alone at lunch and then somehow I became a target there as well. I was spit on, shoved, kicked, threatened, held down while a boy did something awful. So I switched schools again- that was my mom's answer- switching schools- I switched 6 times. I never went to Prom or graduated High school (I did much later by doing equivalency exams) I hated myself, and spent a lot of my time wishing I could just disappear. I still have trouble trusting people, and I always have this fear when I go away that when I get back people I love won't be there in the way they were before. I'm not sure that I will ever get over that. But now as an adult I have friends who are there for me, a husband that I'm madly in love with, a son who lights up my life everyday and a job where I can support and encourage kids, adults and teens. Maybe I wouldn't have that if my life as a teen would have been different?
I wish there had been a Dear Bully book 14 years ago.

Highly recommended.