“With amazing authenticity, Patty Blount captures the thrill of gamer culture, as well as the dangers that lurk in an e-world where seeming truth and identity can be conjured like magic. Playing in this space is Bailey, who feels anything but made-up. She has real history, real problems, and a heart just a bit too open to stop her from falling in.” ~ Geoff Herbach
“Talk about a refreshing read of a female character that is into gaming. Ms. Blount, with her tech background, made sure to portray Bailey, when in her element, with all the passion that a gamer has when playing.” - Thiemba
“In this engrossing yet painfully realistic book, readers change point of view from Meg to Bailey and see how miscommunication online and in person can lead to badly hurt feelings and result in damage to a relationship built since the girls were young.” ~Amy Alessio
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SEND was a Junior Library Guild Selection 2012 and a Kindle Teen Romance Bestseller.
It’s been five years since I clicked Send
Four years since I got out of juvie
Three months since I changed my name
Five minutes since I met Julie
A second to change my life…
What People Are Saying:
Blount’s first novel is a morality play about releasing the past and seizing the present. ~ Publisher’s Weekly
Dan’s likable first-person voice rings with authenticity… ~Kirkus Reviews
Ever since I got the idea for SEND, I’ve been watching the news for bullying stories and you know what happened?
I started seeing news — blog posts, articles, pictures, even videos — for kids doing something to stop bullying. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.
Social Experiment — Bullying This video was shot by college students to prove a point. People always say you never know how you’ll react to a situation until you have to face it. I hope sincerely I never react by doing nothing.
Danny Keefe gets support from a whole team This story made me smile for hours! Little Danny Keefe suffered some trauma at birth that left him with speech issues. When some kids bullied him for his inability to speak well, a fifth grade quarterback enlisted the whole team to start a Danny Appreciation Day. Watch what they do. These are kids who deserve a big pat on the back.
Second Grader Cures Playground Blues If you think you have to be older or stronger or rich to do something to stop bullying, read this story about a boy whose idea for a Buddy Bench costs little, means a lot, and he’s only in second grade.
Inspired yet? I sure am.
I leave you with one final link, offered without comment so you can feel it, unfiltered. Beauty
Maybe, if we spend more time on stories like these, we’ll see less stories of the other kind.