I am pleased to have guest blogger and author Andrea Prostko write an article for this website. I invited Ms. Prostko to write for this site after she contacted me about her new book. Below is an article presented by Ms. Prostko. ~ Alan Eisenberg
October is National Bully Prevention Month
Did you know that October is National Bully Prevention Month? And now that the school year is in full swing and our children are settled into a routine…it’s time to spread the message…STOP BULLYING NOW!! And – what better way to get that message out – than with a book – a fictional story that tells the tale of a bully, his victim, and his friend – and my new book Strike One! does just that.
As children reach the middle elementary years, they are becoming more independent, refining their personalities, and making important choices. They are going through many changes – both physical and emotional – and this is the perfect time for us to reach them, to remind them of those important lessons about how to treat others that we taught them as toddlers and younger children.
Instead of just the usual lecture telling children “do this” or “don’t do that”, using Strike One! to illustrate to them life like situations and discuss possible choices to react to them has proven to be a valuable and effective tool.
Strike One! is targeted toward the mid to upper elementary/”tween” age group, and it is about boys, baseball and bullying. It tells the story of a fifth grade boy who must constantly struggle with the decision to go along with his best friend, who is a bully, or stand up to him. The bully targets one specific character constantly, and in the end, circumstances lead the bully needing to turn to his victim for help.
The book is contemporary fiction, with believable characters placed into entertaining situations. It is fast moving, with a lot of action and dialogue, and boys love it. It is fun to read but also delivers an important message. Parents love it because it gets their kids reading and is thought provoking, and teachers are taking advantage of the book club discussion guide included in the novel.
Many children struggle to fit in at school, but in today’s world the battle has reached a whole new level. It breaks my heart that bullying has actually led to suicide – and it’s a proven fact that even in minor cases it can cause anxiety, depression and social phobia. Strike One! won’t solve this tremendous problem – but you can bet it will start a much needed conversation among students, parents and teachers –and isn’t that the first step?? I invite you to read the book –and discuss it – and together, we can eliminate this undesirable behavior – one child at a time!
Strike One! is $13.95 and is available for sale at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com and at the publisher’s website: www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/StrikeOne.html.
About the author: Andrea Prostko spent 20 years in the corporate world, and recently left to pursue her true passion of being a writer. She has a business degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Wayne State University. Strike One! is her first novel. She lives with her family in suburban Detroit and is working on her next book.