‘Bullying’ topic of new book



Local author
available to address students


Angela Forshee, Oskaloosa, has written and and illustrated a fictional children’s book about bullying called “The Bully’s Nightmare.”
Bullying has become a primarytopic and a growing problem within schools.
The author cited recent studies showing that 29.3 percent of middle school students have experienced bullying in the classrooms, while 70 percent have witnessed bullying in their school.
“These numbers continue to rise. It’s an alarming fact and as a parent I had concerns,” Forshee said.
“My goal is to bring awareness of this problem and hopefully talk to children about the effects of bullying. I wanted to show kids that bullying is not just about the big kid pushing you down and taking your lunch money anymore,” the author said. “It’s much more than that.”
Her target audience is middle school-aged children and teachers. It’s a quick read with a strong message. She will also avail herself to make presentations to classes to discuss the book and the effects of bullying.
Bullying happens daily in many ways but the bottom line is how the victim feels and how they view themselves. Many times, hurtful words leave a lasting impression on people.
“I read that bruises heal over time but the negative words last longer and cut deeper and a bruise would be almost welcome compared to the damage a hurtful word can make,” she said.
The book is from the bully’s point of view. It is about a bully realizing his beliefs or way of life is not always the best. He discovers things about his classmates but he learns more about himself. His nightmare opens his eyes to appreciate the differences between his classmates and himself. He discovers the world is actually a very boring place without the adversities.
“This is a subject that is very close to my heart,” Forshee said. “Kids need to realize their words do hurt. Parents need to be aware if their child is a victim or the cause. As parents, we need to be aware of what our children are going through or what they’re up to. Do not turn away from the problem and do not enable your child’s behavior.”
Forshee is working with a self-publishing company that handles the distribution and marketing. The book will be available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and over 2,500 other online retailers in the next six to eight weeks.
She will also be announcing the dates and locations for book signings.
“I’m looking forward to meeting with people and discussing this growing cause. If I can help one child, it will make my journey well worth it,” she said.
Forshee is an Oskaloosa native and a 1996 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. She returned to the community three years ago with her family consisting of husband, Chris, and two sons, Evan, 11 and Landon, 4. She has been a dental assistant in Lawrence for 18 years along with being a freelance writer and poet.
She is already working on ideas for a second book.

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