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Gary Woman Writes Book to Stop Bullying

Adra Young

GARY - Seeing the impact bullying has on so many kids, Gary Author Adra Young, wrote a book of realistic fiction called "The Misfits."  Realistic fiction is a genre consisting of stories that could have actually occurred to people in a believable setting. The stories resemble real life, and fictional characters within these stories react similarly to real people.

Young says her latest book was released in March of 2017 and she has sold about one thousand copies of "The Misfits."  

"The book is an anti-bully read based upon four youngsters who meet through fate, due to being antagonized by an older middle school student," Young says.  "It started off as them entering middle school at sixth grade being tormented by a seventh grader and the setting picks back up with them the night before the first day of school as seventh graders in hopes that the same person won't continue to torment them.  It only gets worse."

The author got the idea to write the book from working in her youth advocate role.
Young said in her work with children, she heard numerous reports of bullying taking place.
The reason she wrote the book is she wanted children and teens to learn how to appropriately advocate for themselves.  She also wants everyone to understand that bullies, as she put it, don't just grow on trees. She says something happens to people in life and they turn into bullies.

Young is a youth advocate for her company called, Ardannyl, an organization that helps young people redirect their focus and make better life choices.  To obtain a copy of Young's book or to book an anti-bully seminar go to www.ardannyl.com.  

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.