Enter for a chance to win a copy of Greta Grace, along with a 1-hr coaching session for a parent on how to raise a super-empowered teen.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
A copy of Greta Grace
A 1-hr parenting coaching session with Joanna Quinn
Four (4) winners receive:
A copy of Greta Grace
The giveaway begins September 20, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 20, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Joanna Quinn
Ages 9+ | 190 Pages
Publisher: Emerald Lake Books | ISBN-13: 9781945847448
Publisher’s Synopsis: What’s worse than being invisible? Being noticed by the school bully.
Greta Grace likes her life. She isn’t the most popular girl in school-some days she even feels invisible-but she gets good grades and stays out of trouble.
She has a best friend in Samantha and a grandmotherly neighbor who is never too busy for a chat. Her mom can be a bit overprotective, but Greta Grace doesn’t blame her. Being a single parent probably isn’t the easiest job in the world.
When her longtime crush finally starts noticing her, Greta Grace thinks her life might even be perfect.
But when a merciless bully takes aim at Greta Grace, her carefree existence suddenly ends.
Who ever knew that school could be so hard?
Greta Grace is a good kid. She studies hard and gets good grades. She has a best friend, a loving mom, and a neighbor who is like family. Things aren’t perfect - her mom is a single parent and her grandmother died of cancer, but the teenage years are rarely perfect for anyone. The problem isn’t Greta Grace herself, it’s the bully at school.
The portrayal of the ongoing situation with the bully is very realistic. The “mean girl” is careful to target those who are not surrounded by a huge crowd of loyal friends; she doesn’t mess with the ultra popular kids. Once she picks out a target she uses a variety of methods to keep up the pressure - notes in class, messages or unpleasant surprises on lockers, targeted online attacks, social exclusion. And bystanders are pulled in to participate in the humiliation; they have the choice of joining in the bullying or becoming the next victim.
Greta’s response to the bullying is also typical. She doesn’t want to discuss it with adults for fear of escalating the situation and making the bully angry. She is bewildered by the way other students go along with the bully. She becomes afraid to trust anyone and it feels like she is powerless and helpless.
Everything about the story rings true to the experiences of bullying victims and the culture that bullying creates in schools. The resolution wraps up fairly neatly because it is a story and needs an ending, but the means to end the bully’s reign of terror are all things that actually work in real life. This is a great read for class discussion, for individuals who are dealing with a bully of their own, and even for adults who live with or work with teens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joanna O’Reilly Quinn can usually be found learning something new to teach teens. As a former middle school teacher, founder of Super Empowered One, and life coach, it is no surprise that her middle-grade fiction book, Greta Grace, weaves some teachable moments into her character’s very relatable experiences. Think, middle school… Ahhh! Through her company, Super Empowered One, Joanna teaches kids how to access their confidence, happiness and power, so they can live their best life. Joanna loves writing, the ocean, a good run, and living in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her husband and two kids. Visit her at superempoweredone.com to learn more about her coaching services and Greta Grace.