Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue
Publication date: October 27th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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Top 10 “10 Things We Didn’t Know About Battle of the Bullies.” by Fenyx Blue
10. One of my siblings was bullied because of her skin color and gender. My younger sister was a target for physical bullying by a boy who later declared he tortured her because he had a crush on her. Battle of the Bullies shows that both genders can be bullies.
9. The character Ebony Robertson is based on my time as Student Council vice president. I was entrusted with unlimited power to write my own passes out of class for myself and others. This made me wonder what someone untrustworthy would do with powers given to them within a school.
8. The Robertson triplets come from a family of multiples just like I do. My grandfather was a fraternal twin. I am the mother of fraternal twins. We have identicals and fraternals throughout our family. I have also had the pleasure of teaching many multiples over the years.
7. The triplets’ father, Mr. Robertson, fixes and collects cars. This required a great deal of research on my part which was fun since I had the opportunity to find out about classic cars. My dad always wanted a Corvette so I gave the fictional dad in Battle of The Bullies my own father’s dream car.
6. In Chicago, students do not have to go to their neighborhood schools. Therefore, a student may need to travel into other neighborhoods to attend their desired school. The prestige of Chicago International Academy is based on two phenomenal schools in Chicago, Whitney Young and Lane Tech.
5. Eris’s name is pronounced like heiress. I was a tomboy like Eris as a young girl, but in high school, I did discover that femininity is not weakness, but instead it is strength. You can be a queen on and off the court.
4. The character Emani’s name means faith. Emani Robertson has so many gifts, but she doesn't trust herself. Her character needs to find faith in her own abilities and trust that she can do anything.
3. The Dimes are based on a group of sixth-grade bullies who attempted to rule our school many years ago. It was always the same group of girls causing fights, spreading rumors, and getting into trouble. When someone wrote a letter threatening to blow up the school, an idea for a group of naughty teen girls was formed in my mind. What if the group was organized? What if they had a purpose to try to destroy schools and the lives of students?
2. During the editing process, I had to remove six chapters in Battle of The Bullies that included a dance scene, a beach scene, and a little more of Alexis’ storyline. I could have shed a tear, but I did not. I knew the reader would want me to get right into the action.
1. I have taught several students with special abilities over the years. Charlotte’s character may be in a wheelchair, but her strength is based on my students who have fought Cancer, spinal cord injuries, and trauma with courage.
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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