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Buddy and the Bullies- A New Book By Local Author

Local Author Harriet Kipps takes on Bullying in her latest children's book.
Buddy and the Bullies is a new book by Harriet Kipps.  Ms. Kipps is a local author. She has written many books about the “Super Volunteers Club”, each of her books teach a lesson while taking the young reader on a wonderful journey.   Her latest book “Buddy and the Bullies” takes a look the problem of  bullying.  Sadly, bullies are a concern that many young people deal with each day.  Kipps new book is much more than a children’s book.  “Buddy and the Bullies” has a special 26 page section for adult/children discussions.  There are definitions of the four types of bullying, a wonderful essay of hope and encouragement, stories from celebrities kids will recognize, like Michael Phelps, who were bullied as children but rose above it.  The book also features messages from adults’ children trust and examples of local, state, federal and national programs that deal with bullying. 
     Kipps is also in talks with local school districts to hopefully have the book become part of the school’s reading programs.   She is also working with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce to help raise funds to have the books come part of the local school reading programs

Essay of Hope and Encouragement
{Author Anonymous} This essay is intended to be read to the children by their parents, teachers, youth leaders, librarians, etc., in a Question and Answer discussion. It is addressed to the “bullied,” but the “bullies” also can benefit from this thoughtful presentation.
Edited by Harriet Clyde Kipps
Problems come and go.
People all around us are conquering tremendous obstacles. Some were born with disabilities. Some are battling cancer, heart disease or other serious illnesses. Some are living on the edge of poverty.
And yet they survive.
Problems challenge us. They make us work harder. They make us think and react quickly. But, in the long run, they might even make us stronger.
The things we go through in (elementary), middle school and high school seem so serious because for many of us, they’re the hardest stuff we’ve faced at that point.
We fall in love, we break up. We do well on tests, but even the best of us sometimes fail. We make friends, but we can’t be friends to everyone. Some people are mean even when we’re nice to them. Some people say hurtful things to us and speak awful words. Some people derive power (that way).
Why let them win...?
It might hurt now. It might feel uncomfortable to walk through the halls of our school when the (bullies) are around. You might shudder at a mean text message or a hurtful post on your Facebook wall.
But, remember, life goes on for a great while. When you’re your parents’ age, ... school is a distant memory. When you’re your grandparents’ age, it’s a microscopic part of a rich and full life.
The greatest satisfaction will come years from now, when you’re successful...
It’s the same satisfaction 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps felt when he thought about the classmates who harassed him because he chose swimming instead of football or lacrosse.
It’s the same satisfaction Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale (you might know him as Batman) felt when he thought about the kids who used to kick and punch him on the playground.
It’s the same satisfaction President Barack Obama felt when he thought about the kids who would make fun of his unusual name and “big ears.”
“As adults, we all remember what it as like to see kids picked on in the hallways or in the schoolyard,” he said at an event on the subject last year. “Bullying isn’t a problem that makes headlines every day. But every day, it touches the lives of young people across this country.”
Live. Triumph. Overcome. Be here with your friends for the good times - your birthday, your graduation your wedding. Be here for your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Be here for life.

(From Harriet Clyde Kipps- Book)

The full article entitled, “How Many Children Must Die,” is available on line or from The Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, front page, September 27, 2012.
Permission granted to use this essay in this publication by Larry Holeva, Managing Editor, The Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (September 27, 2012)
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