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New Book Seeks To Help Kids Break Cycle Of Bullying

Staff Reports

ASHEVILLE – Bullying is a problem. Author Brent La Prince Edwards returns to the literary limelight with the release of “You Can’t Bully Me Anymore,” a juvenile fiction book addressing the issue of bullying among children.

In the book, young readers meet Thomas, Rosa, Chad and Nancy, who all experience different forms of bullying in school. Through their stories, children will learn about bullying, its cause and effect, and how they can prevent and recover from the event.

Moreover, “You Can’t Bully Me Anymore” reaches out not only the bullied but also looks into the missing dynamic of offenders themselves. Written to elementary school-age children, the book employs cartoon illustrations and a language that they can appreciate and understand, thereby building healthy self-esteem.

“Bullying is never acceptable on any level, and hope is available for both the bullied and the offender,” Edwards reminds. “I want children to learn to feel good about themselves and learn to embrace and respect their own uniqueness and the uniqueness of others. I want to see every adult, teacher, principal, school officials, youth mentors and directors to take a stronger stance in bullying prevention, recognizing that bullying not only hurts; bullying kills.”

Brent La Prince Edwards is an ordained minister, speaker, workshop and seminar facilitator whose gifts have afforded him to speak on local, national and international platforms. He is the senior pastor of the historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Asheville. Well educated, he is an advocate for the education, health and holistic well-being of youth. Because of his ministry, advocacy and willingness to enter the trenches, countless lives have been transformed from the marginalized to celebrity status, becoming productive citizens of society.

 

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