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The Snake Pit by Donna Dillon.
Let's start with the blurb:
Cinda is a smart girl. But, Cinda doesn't look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows that the other kids won't see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.
The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda, and day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but they all see what's happening, and only one tries to help.
Charlene Carsten or Charlie as she is called, is Cinda's only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won't listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing: “Kids will be kids.”
When Cinda falls victim of a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change all of their lives forever. As Charlie struggles to help her friend, Cinda makes a desperate decision to end the bullying, once and for all.
A little bit about this book:
The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture is an important piece of work because of its content and subject matter. It’s not an easy, fun read, but is a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read. Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system and MKSP has joined her in her quest.
Donna Dillon published her first book in October 2010. When Master Koda Select Publishing approached her with a publishing contract, she took the opportunity in hopes to expand her reach and build her brand.
People wonder why Donna wrote this book. Here is her response to that question:
Cinda, the character in my book, The Snake Pit, was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fiction, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can't possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I'm 47 y ears old now. I can still hear the bullies voice in my head. But, the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.
About the Author:
Donna Dillon is the author of 5 and 1/4 books thus far. She has been writing in the young adult genre with The Snake Pit and Return to the Snake Pit which both deal with bullying in the public schools, and the children's genre with Why Did It Have to Rain Today? and My Special Christmas Child. Her new book is a leap into the thriller/suspense genre so she's anxious to finish and see how that goes.