Bullying is a big issue and no one addresses the topic better than Donna Dillon in her novel The Snake Pit: Jr. High Can Be Torture.
Donna states, “I am the author of 5 and 1/4 books thus far. I have been writing in the young adult genre with The Snake Pit and Return to the Snake Pit, which both deal with bullying in the public schools, and in the children’s genre with Why Did It Have To Rain Today? and My Special Christmas Child. My new book is a leap into the thriller/suspense genre so I’m anxious to finish and see how that goes.”
Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system. Donna Dillon published her first book in October 2010. When Master Koda Select Publishing approached her with a publishing contract, she took the opportunity hoping to expand her reach and build her brand. Thanks to this new partnership, Donna’s first book is being re-released with updated editing and a fresh new cover.
When asked why she wrote this book, Donna gave the following response:
Cinda, the character in my book, The Snake Pit, was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fiction, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can’t possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I’m 47 years old now. I can still hear the bullies voice in my head. But, the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.
Cinda doesn’t look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows the other kids won’t see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.
The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda. Day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but only one tries to help.
Charlene Carsten is Cinda’s only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won’t listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing, “kids will be kids.”
When Cinda falls victim to a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
This story is a must read for every student, teacher, and parent should read. You can find a copy of the re-released The Snake Pit: Jr. High Can Be Torture here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NJCKFCO/
Congrats Donna! I wish you great success in spreading the important message of how bullying affects others.