Students write, illustrate book on bullying

Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Author Angel McGowan and illustrator Matthew Linn have created a book for young readers, “Stomp Out! the Bullying!”  which not only shows empathy for the daily torment and sadness of bullying, but also provides hope and a key to stomping it out.  

With rhymed monologues and perky illustrations, Angel, and Matthew, both 15 and students at J.L. Mann High School, present the story of Mikey, a boy reduced to sadness and frustration from the daily harassment by a crew of young bullies at school and on the bus.

They call him names, they steal his lunch money from him in line at the cafeteria, and they make fun of the clothes he is wearing.

One day, after he encourages his friends to stand up to them, they even beat him up in the boy’s room and leave him lying scratched and bruised on the tile floor.  His friends – too scared to face the bullies themselves – have abandoned Mikey and have hidden in the stalls.

With the help of a sympathetic teacher, Mikey finally finds a solution to the problem.  He and his friends are freed from the abuse and they can sleep comfortably in their beds at night, no longer afraid to go to school the next day.

McGowan and Linn recognize that bullying is a sad part of school children’s everyday life, and their story will appeal to every elementary or middle school children who has ever been faced with bullying and who needs the hope that it can end.

“Stomp Out the Bullying!” is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. Orders of 10 and more are available for discounts.

About the authors
Angel McGowan, 15, is a junior at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club and the basketball team.  She is also a two time USAIGC National Gymnastic Champion.  She enjoys writing, playing basketball and spending time with her family and friends.  Angel plans on becoming a pediatrician.
Matthew Linn, 15, is a sophomore at J.L. Mann.  He is an avid soccer player and plans a career in art after he finishes college.

Book information
• Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback
• ISBN: 978-1-4327-7994-8 
• Suggest price: $14.95
• Genre: Juvenile fiction/social issues/bullying• Publishers:  Outskirts Press


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