A story about three sisters in high school who are trying to survive bullying and overcoming their personal trauma? It’s not easy to explore such sensitive and important issues, but Fenix Blue does it masterfully in her novel Battle Of The Bullies. I am only half-way through my copy of the book, and I am absolutely in love with the Robertson sisters who have been through so much pain and still refuse to give in.
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Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshmen. When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friend and left their oldest sister unable to speak.
After giving homeschooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best. The Robertsons soon discover, however, that their new classmates are anything but kind. A mysterious group of bullies known as the Dimes rules the hallways and spreads fear everywhere they go.
All three sisters end up being targets of the gang and have to find a way to defend themselves.The triplets couldn’t be more different, but their loyalty to each other and to their school never fails. Along with diverse group of friends, the Robertsons do everything they can to uncover the identity of the Dimes and restore order to the school.
As if their lives weren’t complicated enough, they also get sucked in to a much bigger game—discovering who was responsible for the attack on their old school. Can they bring down the Dimes and bring the murderer to justice, all while trying to make it through ninth grade?
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Sneak Peek: Battle Of The Bullies by Fenix Blue
Excerpt from Anonymous
I can’t be late.
If I’m late, they won’t let me in. I’ll be disqualified. This is the year I win. I can’t be disqualified.
I glance in the mirror and adjust my heather gray hood, slide on my black sunglasses, tug on my gloves, and step out of the car. According to my navigation system, this vacant house is my destination, and I have arrived. Eight cars are already here.
The white FOR SALE sign in the lawn gives me some comfort that we may be safe here, but this annual meeting is risky. Having all of us in one place tonight could mean revealing our identities to outsiders. Anonymity is our strongest weapon. We can never lose it.
I glance at the cars, trying to match them to possible members in my mind. One license plate reads QT PIE. How can we be a secret organization with our cars on display like this? How can we remain secret if members refuse to be discreet?
My phone says 9:59 p.m. I throw it in the back seat where it slides under my AP Physics book. I have to be inside this house by 10:01 p.m. Forget force, mass, or acceleration. I need to run.
Ten steps. I climb ten more giant steps, sliding into the room as the clock hand clicks into place.
A girl locks the door behind me.
An envelope with my pseudonym written on it is on my chair. I am the ninth girl to sit down. I resist the urge to sit at the head of the table, but inside I know this is where I deserve to sit.
One year of effort comes down to this moment. I did my best. Ten people dropped out of school because of me. No one at this table should be able to beat that stat.
Last year, tears fell because of me! Terror reigned because of me! Break ups, friendships lost, hearts broken….all due to me! But will it be enough to be Number One?
An Excerpt from Eris
The locker room is silent after the varsity girls whip us for the fifth time since we’ve been practicing together. The silence allows me to channel my big sister Ebony’s zen energy. I decide to give an Ebony-type motivational speech when one of my teammates says she’s thinking about
quitting and trying out for either dance or cheerleading. Is she kidding? I’ve seen my baby sister Emani dance and it ain’t easy to do. My teammate can’t even make it through practice without her asthma medicine. There is no way she could do dance at C.I.A. Emani says those girls practice longer than we do.
I want to tell her that, but instead I stick to the Ebony-style motivational speech.
“Do you guys think those varsity girls were always that good? They were not. All of them used to be us. The difference is that they have not quit. We have. Some of you quit before we even go on the court. You think you’ve failed so you fail. Well, I’m no failure. I’m a winner. If you think you can win, shout yes!”
Two of my teammates shout yes. The rest sit silently watching the varsity girls enter the locker room as they sing their usual victory chant. Maybe I should have asked Ebony to write a speech for me because my teammates are more focused on the varsity’s chant than they were on my “motivational” speech.
“1-1-2-2-3-3. No one beats varsity. 1-1-2-2-3-3. No one beats varsity. 1-1-2-2-3-3. No one beats varsity.”
I hate their chant.
“No one but me,” I say under my breath as I slam my gym locker closed.
An Excerpt from Ebony
This week, my anonymous school survey seems to be a complete success. I’ve walked around the school visiting homerooms, telling them my story. Most of them somewhat know about my old school’s bombings. I answer their questions and offer a few of my best ideas for making changes at this school. School safety may be my platform. I haven’t fully decided.
The students have responded to my one-question survey in large numbers. The only question I asked is this: “If you could change one thing about this school, what would it be?” Replies can be anonymous, and are confidential.
Long lunch lines—Why do upperclassmen go first? —Anonymous
Theft—They stole my inhaler. I could have died from an asthma attack. —Anonymous
Lies—I have never had plastic surgery—I am not even done growing yet. Why would I need
liposuction or any kind of work done on my lips, nose, or assets? No more lies, please. —Anonymous
Fees—I had to pay for books that someone else ruined! —Anonymous.
Rumors—They planted roaches in my locker, and everyone saw them crawl out. I was humiliated. I may not be live in a mansion, but we don’t have ROACHES! —Anonymous
Favoritism—I may not be a millionaire’s kid or have a famous last name, but I deserve the same education—even from student teachers. —Anonymous
Teasing—Everyone says I smell bad! —Anonymous
Confidentiality—They told everyone I had to cut my hair because I had lice. I’m sure I didn’t tell anyone but the nurse about that!
She should be fired! —Anonymous
Peer Pressure!!! —Anonymous
Bullying—Check the internet . . . you’re on there, too. Sorry. —Anonymous
Gangs . . . oops, I mean the Dimes. —Anonymous
As I look through the rest of the surveys, one name continuously appears: Dimes.
About The Author
If author Fenyx Blue actually had a tattoo, it would be a heart. Ms. Blue has written every book with love. Blue is a teacher, coach, mentor, and motivational speaker focused on women and youth empowerment. She has written a young adult novel about bullying entitled Who Failed Johnny?, a poetry book about purpose named The Blue Ink Movement, and a children’s book about the power of a solid father daughter relationship called Worth the Weight.
Fenyx believes in service to the community. After being chosen as teacher of the year for her school district, she continued to mentor teenagers and facilitate discussions about controversial topics like drugs, sex, violence, cyberbullying and mental health. She has been a guest poet for several women’s retreats and workshops and loves the energy she receives from a live audience.
Throughout her years as an educator and youth ministry leader, Blue created Team Bully-Free Forever, a poetry team for her school, and a mentoring group called D.I.V.A.S to address the needs of young people. She is dedicated to teaching the next generation to follow their dreams and feels it is her mission to equip them for the future. Ms. Fenyx Blue is a proud mother of three beautiful children who inspire her to write each day.
You can follow Ms. Fenyx Blue @FenyxBlueInk on Instagram and Youtube.
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