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Julie Anne Peters

Dear Librarian:

Books can save lives, and finding that one book that authentically portrays a teen's most profound experience gives them a greater sense of self and self-worth.

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD is a book about bullycide—suicide as a direct result of bullying. With the advent of cyberbullying, we're seeing an escalation of harassment and suicide. More than ever, young people live out their pain in isolation.

I didn't write this book for shock value. My purpose was to engage readers, educate them on the effects of bullying, and provide a jumping off point for discussion. If we can find those young people who are suffering, who are considering death to be their only hopeful ending, then maybe we can intervene in time to find them the help they need.

Julie Anne Peters

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead / Julie Anne Peters / Hyperion

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1423116189 / Published: January, 2010

Ages 14 and up / Hardcover / YA

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