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Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story    by Jodee Blanco order for
Please Stop Laughing at Me
by Jodee Blanco
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Adams Media, 2011 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This updated version of one person's struggle with school bullying contains an all-new Letter to My Readers from the author plus a Reader's Guide and Resources Section.

In her powerful and troubling memoir, Blanco shares how she was shunned and even physically abused by her classmates from elementary school through high school. As you read this account of her young, unhappy life, you learn what it is like to be an outcast at a time when most young people desperately seek and need acceptance from their peers.

Along the way, as the author's life unfolds, it becomes apparent that even the most loving parents and most concerned and dedicated educators can get it all wrong when it comes to dealing with peer harassment.

Jodee Blanco survived the ordeal and has become an expert on student bullying and an activist demanding changes in how schools deal with the situation.

'It's been a long road and while I'm grateful for the continuing opportunity to wage this crusade against peer abuse, it's also a daunting responsibility being 'the voice of America's bullied students,' and one that I work hard to live up to,' writes Blanco. She then also explains in A Letter to the Reader what the back-story was to getting her experiences published and what the initial reader response has been. This book was first released in 2003 and it appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

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