Teenage Bullying Tackled in New Young Adult Novel: The Poop Phantom

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The Poop Phantom by author Darla G. Smith is a humorous retro tale that explores bullying, relationships, hairspray, and everything Eighties.

High school is hell on a good day, but what happens when a teen girl angers the most popular kid in school? A whole lot of bullying and a load of laughs, courtesy of Darla G. Smith's new young adult novel The Poop Phantom. (0-7414-6707-0, Fiction paperback, 311 pp, 5½ x 8½, $17.95)

Sixteen-year-old Dee Dee Warburton is a sassy-mouthed girl stuck in a super-religious family, living in the boondocks of rural Oklahoma. It is 1986 and the only thing more important than a can of good hairspray is Dee Dee’s affection for her boyfriend, Cobb. Too bad the powerful Queen Bee of school, Sami Maguire, has her evil eye on the same guy. Ruthless Sami launches a bullying campaign against Dee Dee and steals her man, enlisting the help of nearly the entire school. Dee Dee struggles through her junior year with a blend of humor and sarcasm, frantically dodging bullies while trying to keep her giant hairdo in place.

According to the website http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/ fifty-six percent of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place while at school. Fifteen percent of all absent students report the cause of their truancy as “fear of being bullied while at school.” Seventy-one percent of students report bullying as a regular problem. Unfortunately, this bullying epidemic can lead to “bullycide” – suicide as a result of bullying. Sadly, suicide rates among adolescents have doubled in the last thirty years.

Author Darla G. Smith knows firsthand how desperate a young person feels when being bullied. She hopes that The Poop Phantom will inspire kids to speak up if they’re being bullied and, when necessary, to fight back.

For more information about The Poop Phantom visit Darla's blog at http://www.poopphantom.blogspot.com


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