New book gives readers a fresh, first-hand perspective on bullying

Posted Oct. 25, 2013, at 8 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 26, 2013, at 7:14 p.m.

PURE TRASH, a new short story by Hartland, ME author Bette A. Stevens offers readers and book clubs insights and pause for thought into what a child goes through living in abject poverty in a small town.

“Pure Trash is unlike any story I’ve read. At first, it reads like a memoir from Reminisce Magazine, but as the story unfolds, I connected with the characters at a deep level. The author explores prejudice, class division, alcoholism, poverty, injustice, and bullying. It’s a story all audiences over the age of ten can enjoy. While reading this story, the reader will experience the joy of a carefree Saturday and the blistering pain of feeling not quite good enough.” ―Tricia Drammeh, AuthorToWatch

DESCRIPTION: Nine-year-old Shawn Daniels is ready to embark on a Saturday adventure with his younger brother Willie. They’re off to search for trash to turn into treasure. It’s going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd.

PURE TRASH is a short story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your concept of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its descriptors. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of the dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up. This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s upcoming novel.

Bette A. Stevens is the author of two children’s books as well. You can find out more about the author and her books at

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