Monday, July 30, 2012

The Fat Boy Chronicles: An Inspirational Story About Bullying and Surviving High School ~ Enter to Win a Signed Copy! (GIVEAWAY)

Summer is winding down, and we’re starting to get into “back-to-school” mode. But for some kids, a return to school brings with it an extra dose of anxiety because they are the target of bullying. Many schools now have anti-bullying education programs in place to try to deter this cruel behavior. Unfortunately, it’s probably an impossible dream to get rid of bullying altogether, but teaching our kids about empathy and acceptance is a step in the right direction.

I recently came across an amazing novel (inspired by a true story) that’s written from the perspective of a high school boy who is bullied because he’s overweight. It’s called The Fat Boy Chronicles, by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan. In this book, Jimmy is assigned to do a daily journal by his English teacher, in which he writes about adjusting to a new school and neighborhood, making friends, his relationship with his older sister and parents, his troubled friend Paul, and what it’s like to be ridiculed by other students. I’ve been reading this book, and I really like that Jimmy is a three-dimensional character. Even though some difficult events are happening in his life, I found Jimmy’s attitude to be uplifting and inspirational. He learns to respond to his situation in positive ways and “fight back” in a peaceful and, ultimately, successful manner.

All middle-school and high-school kids should be required to read The Fat Boy Chronicles. It’s an eye-opening look at bullying through the eyes of the adolescent being bullied. There’s also a teachers’ guide available for teachers, parents and youth groups to facilitate discussion about bullying. This amazing book was even made into a movie! I hope you’ll order a copy of The Fat Boy Chronicles for the tweens and teens in your life today. Visit www.thefatboychronicles.com to learn more about this life-changing book and movie.

Movie trailer:



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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of the book, The Fat Boy Chronicles, by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan. (This book is signed by both authors!) To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, August 16, 2012.



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24 comments:

  1. I learned that this was inspired by a true story!

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  2. I like the reviews by people posted on the site plus the interview videos - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  3. boosted as Paul T/Pauline T

    - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  4. i thought some of the interviews were interesting
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  5. There's a screening on August 17th in Peachtree City.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Winner of 2010 Mom's Choice Gold Award

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  7. Jason Winn is the Director of the film. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. The interviews are really awesome!

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  9. I love the great reviews that were given to this book!

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  10. The Fat Boy Chronicles novel(Sleeping Bear Press), is a must-read for educators, students, and parents. Winner of 2010 Mom's Choice Gold Award Movie Releases Jan 3, 2012

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  11. I learned that there has been a lot of press about the book and I have not run across any of it.

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  12. Daniel M8:58 PM

    Inspired by a true story, The Fat Boy Chronicles reveals the emotionally painful world obese teens experience in the face of a thin-obsessed society. - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  13. I learned more about the movie that is coming out and who was involved in making it happen, I also learned that the book is currently available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I did really like the resource section they have on this blog for both kids & parents about bullying and what to do about it.

    (Chel Pay - Rafflecopter/Facebook)

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  14. Anonymous4:27 PM

    "Obesity is the White Elephant pervading our nation."

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  15. I learned that the author's first novel was entitled "Micah's Child"

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  16. I like that they have received a mom's choice gold award. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  17. i love that it's helpful to kids who have a weight problem
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  18. Jason Winn is the Director of the film.

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  19. I learned:
    Winner of 2010 Mom's Choice Gold Award

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  20. I learned that it is actually based on a true story

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  21. I learned that it was inspired by a true story and a boys struggles of being obese in a thin -obsessed society.

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  22. The author's are retired teachers. They obviously have cared about kids for many years. Thank you.

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  23. At age fourteen. 5'5 Jimmy weighs 187 pounds.

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  24. it was inspired by a true story

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