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Why Me?
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Copyright:  Sept. 2003

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Why Me?

In “Why Me?” you’ll read Chelsea’s story. Chelsea has moved to a new school. She has no friends and is picked on and insulted by the other “popular” girls (bullies). As Chelsea goes through her days, she wishes she could just hide, or fade into the background or… drop out. Anything to keep from going to school and facing another bully.

Bullies are a growing problem in our schools and neighborhoods. Why Me? addresses the issue of bullies in middle school and gives helpful suggestions to teens on how to deal with the stressful situation in a positive manner.

This e-book offers you - as teens, parents and teachers - the information, insights and resources you need to recognize and stop bullying.

Each purchase of Why Me? comes with a free "Bully Stopping Techniques Guide" and a free digital diary.
Chelsea clutched her books to her chest as she entered the school cafeteria. She'd enrolled at the school two weeks ago, but every day it was the same. The sense of dread, the nervous stomach, the sweaty hands. She would pretend she was eating her lunch, but she knew it would be hard to swallow and would taste like chalk in her mouth.

The books were her version of a security blanket. If she could find a quiet corner in the room she could pretend to be working on a project. If all went well, she might even make it through the lunch period without being noticed.

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Wonderfully Informative E-book
Reviewer: Jennifer LB Leese,

... Rita Y. Toews has put together a wonderful informative e-book titled "WHY ME?" It tells the story of a young girl named Chelsea and her experiences with bullying, humiliation, and hopelessness.

"WHY ME?" includes a multiple choice quiz with question such as "You are being bullied if…" and "When someone bullies you, you should…". After the thought-provoking quiz, readers will find a "Bully Quiz Answers with Feedback" section.

In the "Information About Bullying" area, readers will better understand what bullying is and how it affects others. They will also find informative web links on bullying and ways to handle them. The "Tips to Develop Self-Confidence" is a magnificent source for those who would like a boost in their self-esteem.

This reviewer highly recommends Rita Y. Toews's book "WHY ME?" for people of all ages, whether you are being bullied or not...

Engaging Read - 5 Stars!
Reviewed by: molly martin
20+ years classroom teacher

Genre: Self Help
Engaging Read ….. Recommended 5 stars

This is a small 14 page eBook filled with pertinent information about a problem facing many kids today. The Introduction offers a discussion of bullying and its prevalence for youngsters attending school, at the mall and elsewhere. Why Me is written in a case study format. Bully Quiz, is an executable quiz with question and possible answers to guide the reader in understanding how to know if you are being bullied, Answers to Quiz and feedback follow the quiz with suggestions as to how to deal with bullying if it happens to you. Information about bullying with urls where more information is available. Tips for how to develop self confidence is filled with sensible tips for youngsters...

This unpretentious, jam packed work Why Me offered by Rita Y Toews is filled with perceptive, well thought out recommendations for youngsters who may face being bullied at school and elsewhere. The counsel presented by writer Toews for deciding if you are being bullied as well as proposals for how to deal with bullying are ones parents, teachers and counselors often try to instill in kids. The format of a modest easily read eBook is one sure to appeal to youngsters in the target audience of middle grades to mid high school. These are the kids, ages nine to fifteen who often withdraw into their own thoughts unwilling or afraid to tell teachers, school counselors and even parents what is happening to them. Often friends will know what is taking place, however they too may fear telling adults what is taking place. Writer Toews’ book will help these youngsters and their friends understand the importance of recognizing they are being bullied, that there is help, and telling parents, teachers or other adults can bring help.

As with this author’s others works the writing used in Why Me is snappy, to the point, well thought out, and presented in clear, concise verbiage kids can understand without having to get a dictionary or ask for help. Two activities few kids in the target audience are loathe to do are get a dictionary or ask for help. Toews wit and style of writing make for easy reading as she deftly captures the mood of youngsters facing the difficult task of growing up and the problems that accompany that situation.

Bullying is a pervading problem many schools, law enforcement officials and parents are just beginning to realize is serious. Bullying may cause long lasting problems, and can lead to serious repercussions from those who are being bullied or think they may be, and feel they have little recourse for protecting themselves from their abusers.

Why Me is an excellent work for parents, teachers and school counselors to add to their libraries. Parents in particular would be wise to offer the book for their children’s reading.

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