Last year I attended the book signing of then-12 year old author Levi Fallavollita’s children’s book “The Good The Bad and the Uglies” (click here) at Bookman’s on Speedway, 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. Illustrator Gabe Villa was there at the signing as well. Both Levi and Gabe had been bullied in 5th grade.
On Saturday October 19, 12 noon to 2 p.m. Levi is proudly releasing a young adult book of collections of stories by people (from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, and Texas) who have been bullied in their lives. The book release will again be at Bookman’s on Speedway. This 2nd anti-bullying book, just in time for National Bullying Prevention Month, is entitled “Be Courageous”. Here’s a copy of the advance front and back covers of this book published by Steuben Press, illustrated by Aileen Yocupicio.:
In the book Levi, now 13 years old, writes about all the honors and recognition he received this past year for his first book, to try to educate others about how to stand up to bullies, and about the prevalence of bullying. But most of all in this 2nd anti-bullying book, Levi shares stories from those who have been courageous in their own specific bullying story. In Levi’s own words from the Introduction:
I wanted to be their voice to stand up for them and let people know it is not okay to bully others. During this time I was becoming aware of some teen suicides that had occurred as the result of bullying. This really upset me and actually made me physically sick. All I could do was think of all of the beautiful, bright young people who end their life young because others were being so hateful I knew bullying had to stop. It was wrong! I started to speak at schools and organizations, ran anti-bullying workshops in my community and decided to work on “Be Courageous.” Which is this book filled with just a handful of the stories that have been shared with me.
I haven’t had a chance to read all the stories included in Levi’s book, but I’ll be sure to stop by at Bookman’s to find out more. There are 21 chapters in this book, written by people ages 8 to 73 years old, chosen out of over 100 submissions. Congratulations Levi on another courageous book, and good luck with your anti-bullying mission to empower others to stand up to bullies. Levi is currently an eighth grader at Desert Christian School, and is also a young reporter for Bear Essential News. I heard him and his mother Chantel Fallavollita speak at his workshop at the 2nd Annual Youth & Peace Conference in March.
This book will be available in softcover for $10, with a discount for educators at $5. The book can also be ordered online at: www.amazon.com or by phone at 303-482-2060.
Sad note: Cyberbullying is a serious problem as well, as evidenced by this week’s articles about the Florida case of a 12 year old girl who committed suicide, and now her 2 abusers are being charged with “stalking” her online (click here).