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Monday, November 24, 2008

Letters to a Bullied Girl

When teens Emily and Sarah Buder read a newspaper story about Olivia Gardner, a girl at a nearby high school who was being bullied relentlessly by her classmates, they knew they had to do something.

Olivia had transferred schools twice, but her epileptic seizures made her an easy mark for bullies. Emily and Sarah were appalled to read about the way she'd been treated, and they decided to write Olivia a letter, and ask friends to do the same. They hoped for 50 letters. They got 6,500.

Their inspiring story was in USA Today last week, and Letters to a Bullied Girl, a book with 200 of the letters, from people of all ages all over the world, is on sale now.

Hooray for girl heroes, changing the world.

12 comments:

Kim Baise said...

Oh, that is a nice story, especially because it is a true one.
Girl Heroes are the BEST!

Gwen Hayes said...

That is lovely. I wish kids weren't so mean to each other though.

Cinde said...

That is so great. Amazing.

Little Willow said...

I must find that book!

Girls Can't WHAT? said...

This is great. I'd love to review it for my site... I'll be looking for it!

Martha Brockenbrough said...

I'll be getting that book! It's amazing how early the bullying starts. Very heartbreaking to watch.

holly cupala said...

Amazing - to begin by giving hope to one person and then to a whole generation. Inspiring girls.

Erin said...

Wow. That sounds amazing. I will definitely look it up!

Vivian said...

Wow! I must get this book!

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