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Being a Teenage Girl is Hard—harder Still if You’re the Target of Bullying

Charlotte, NC, May 27, 2008 --( Being a teenager is tough enough, but for a girl who’s being bullied, it may seem like the whole world is out to get you. In Dream Away, Teresa must learn how to deal with her bullies and to stick up for herself—all while dealing with problems in her own family.

“My girl saw you talking to Russell earlier today,” Sondra said. “Don’t even get it into your head that he’s interested in you. You look homely with your thick glasses. I bet you can see in the future with those things.” Her friends howled with laughter. “Why would anyone like you? You’re skinny and have a flat chest. I bet you wish you had all this.” She pointed to her breasts and twirled her body around…

Sixteen-year-old Teresa has stopped hanging around old friends and is trying to change her life for the better. Still, she hates the world she lives in because Sondra, a former best friend, is bullying her. Her mother and father are divorced, and her grandmother’s health is declining. Teresa finds comfort in looking at magazines of places with a peaceful setting and shares these places with her younger sister, Desiree. Teresa struggles with staying on the right track. But will she be able to restrain herself from seeking revenge on the ones who caused her sister's accident? And will she be able to help her sister come out of her coma?

The author, Sylvia L. Gregg, uses incidents from her own life as inspiration for Dream Away. “Bullying is an ongoing problem,” she says. “In my teenage years, growing up with four sisters, some of us had to face the reality of what it’s like to be bullied. It started with my older sister, who took the bulk of being picked on. I watched her get into trouble, and be bullied. The bullying went down to me. All my sisters learned to be strong and to grow up because of things that occurred in our lives. My protagonist, Teresa, learns to become a stronger person, and to have confidence in herself. You can become a stronger person, too.”

Follow along as Teresa learns how to deal with her bullies and learns how to stand her ground. By witnessing Teresa’s triumphs, young girls can learn how to deal effectively with their own problems and move on with life and be happy.

“Girls often shy away from sticking up for themselves,” says Sylvia. “Or they find it hard to talk to someone. If you are in this situation, take courage. There is help.”

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1596-0 Format: 5x8 Paperback SRP: $11.95
Genre: Fiction

About the Author
Sylvia L. Gregg was born and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania, but is currently living in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with her husband and their three children. For more information or to contact the author, visit


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