Jodee Blanco’s Memoir Wins Parent to Parent
Adding Wisdom Award

New York Times Bestselling Author and Anti-Bullying Activist Recognized in Three Categories for Please Stop Laughing at Us …

DALLAS: Jodee Blanco, author of the New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing at Me … has been awarded the Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award™ in three categories for her newly released memoir Please Stop Laughing at Us . . . One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying (BenBella Books, March 2008). This distinguished award is given to products that support and maintain family values, while educating about important issues. The book was recognized in the Parenting Book category, the Educational Book category and in the Hot Product classification.

“I’m not only honored and humbled by this prestigious award, but it also managed to renew my spirit because fighting for American’s forgotten students takes a lot of heart, and I’m very grateful to the Parent to Parent for the acknowledgement of that effort.”

Please Stop Laughing At Me . . ., Jodee Blanco’s New York Times bestselling memoir about how she was shunned and tormented by her classmates from fifth grade through high school simply for being different, sparked a movement in this nation’s schools and inspired thousands of pleas for help from people who came to recognize her as a kindred spirit. Since its release, Blanco has been responding to those pleas, working deep inside the trenches of America’s schools and sharing her still painful experiences to prove that bullying is not just joking around, it damages you for life.

Please Stop Laughing at Us . . . One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying is the sequel to Blanco’s memoir and is the shockingly honest account of that journey. Written in response to the demand for more information from her devoted audience—teens, teachers, parents and other Adult Survivors like herself, who have come to know Blanco as the champion of their cause—it provides advice and solutions set against the backdrop of her dramatic personal struggle adjusting to her new life as the survivor who unexpectedly finds herself the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying activist.

In Please Stop Laughing at Us . . ., Blanco brings readers with her as she crosses and re-crosses the country, occasionally making headlines, from Northern California to Baltimore, bringing her anti-bullying campaign to high schools and middle schools. She takes them inside the cafeterias and gymnasiums and vast auditoriums where she shared the story of her painful past to more than half a million students, conducted workshops for teachers and school administrators, as well as meetings with the parents of students who were being bullied and the parents of those who were doing the bullying. In this intimate chronicle, Blanco also lets readers sit in on her one-on-one sessions with the most damaged and frightened victims, some of which became suicide interventions.

Blanco also divulges in Please Stop Laughing at Us . . . how, during her campaign to awaken the American educational system to the danger in its midst and to offer beleaguered students comfort and hope, she made a devastating discovery about the state of public education in America. She found that an environment disturbingly similar to the one she was forced to endure as a student was still being permitted to flourish 25 years later, and worse, that many educators either did not recognize or were deliberately ignoring students in peril.

With Please Stop Laughing at Me . . ., Blanco saved lives. With Please Stop Laughing at Us .., she will help to save futures.

Jodee Blanco is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Please Stop Laughing at Me ... She is also a youth advocate and the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed, It’s NOT Just Joking Around! anti-bullying program. She lives in Chicago.

Book Details:
Title: Please Stop Laughing at Us . . . One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying
Author: Jodee Blanco
Publisher: BenBella Books, Distributed by Independent Publishers Group
Publication: March 2008, $14.95 (CAN $18.95), Paper, ISBN: 1933771291; ISBN-13: 9781933771298
Self-Help, 464 pages, 5 ½ x 8 ½

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