October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and for good reason. Bullying and cyber-bullying - especially of children and teens - are ongoing problems that parents, educators, and community leaders everywhere are struggling to deal with effectively.
I recently had the chance to read Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely. The book is inspired by Megan Meier, a Missouri teenager who committed suicide after a terrible cyber-bullying incident that involved a friend's mother. It's a fictionalized book to help inspire conversation about bullying's consequences. It's well written, although it's certain not an easy read due to the subject matter. But it is a helpful read, a warning call, an inspiration to action for people who can influence the lives of young adults around them.
Part of the proceeds from sales of Saving Phoebe Murrow are being donated to The Megan Meier Foundation.
About Herta Feely:
Herta Feely is a writer, full-time editor, and the co-founder of Safe Kids Worldwide. Her short stories and memoir have been published in anthologies and literary journals, including The Sun,Lullwater Review, The Griffin, Provincetown Arts, and Big Muddy. In the wake of the James Frey scandal, Feely edited and published the anthology, Confessions: Fact or Fiction? Awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Artist in Literature Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for The Trials of Serra Blue, she has also received an award from American Independent Writers for best published personal essay for a piece on immigration. Feely is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. She has two grown sons and lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and cats.
Saving Phoebe Murrow [Upper Hand Press] is available via all online and select brick-and-mortar book retailers as of September 2016.