Peace I Ask of Thee, Oh River Addresses Depression, Bullying Among Teenage Girls

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Eighteen-year-old El Campbell struggles to save a troubled camper from self-destruction. When word leaks out around camp that Tiffin’s sister drowned a year or so earlier, some campers begin to whisper that Tiffin must have killed her. As the pressure and bullying mounts, El is sucked into Tiffin’s downward spiral. Can El pull Tiffin out of her self-destruction and still save herself?

In this young-adult novel, El Campbell just wants to have fun over the summer between high school and college. She’s in charge of several girls at a North Carolina summer camp, and El hopes they interfere with her as little as possible, especially after she meets Arthur, a muscular world-class kayaker.

But Tiffin, the governor’s daughter, arrives and instantly begins to make El’s life miserable. Tiffin refuses to follow rules, won’t set tables, won’t stay in her cabin at rest period, talks back, defies the older campers, and vandalizes a cabin in her own unit. She tortures animals, bites other campers, and blows spit bubbles.

When word leaks out around camp that Tiffin’s sister drowned a year or so earlier, some campers begin to whisper that Tiffin must have killed her. As the pressure and bullying mounts, El is sucked into Tiffin’s downward spiral. Can El pull Tiffin out of her self-destruction and still save herself?

Peace I Ask of Thee, Oh River addresses the serious issues of teenage depression, suicide and bullying. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24.

"I have seen first-hand what bullying among teenage girls is like, both as a bully and one who has been bullied," Phillips said. "Nothing is more destructive to a girl's self-esteem. In Peace, I have tried to plumb the depths of this experience and show a way out the other side."

Lyda Phillips is an award-winning journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. A native of San Antonio, she went to school in Memphis, Tenn., and has degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Vanderbilt universities. She was a business and political reporter for the Nashville Banner, research coordinator for Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s 1994 gubernatorial campaign, and a senior account executive for McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville before moving to the Washington, D.C., area in 2000. She now lives in Maryland with her family. More information about her is available at http://www.lydaphillips.com.

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