Childhood is much more than the simple act of innocent role playing. Our young are now subjected to physical and emotional abuse from other children face-to-face, as well as, from inside the mysterious cyber-world of social media.
Young Pete (Petunia) learns all too fast that life just might not be all that it’s supposed to be – innocent and fun. Instead, she must deal with the daily struggle of whether living is really worth all the pain. She experiences things
that adults would have trouble tolerating. So how can an eleven-year-old child accept and survive?
After her mother’s death, Pete finally meets her estranged biological father, a successful lawyer in Georgia. Although surprised to discover she’s the product of a mixed heritage, Pete openly accepts and gives her new life a chance. But after dealing with the emotional weight of losing a mother and meeting her estranged father, suffering daily at the hands of her classmates may be a little too much for her. Would the solitude she finds at the top of her towers be enough?
“The Tower by Lynn Yvonne Moon is an honest and painful read that gives an excellent insight into the minds of children who think that ending their life is better than being a torment to their parents and friends. They are not sure of how to deal with their pain and isolation and, in the process of trying to figure out what should be done without hurting anyone, they decide to end their life. Petunia Freya Crocker always thought she was a curse, right from the time of her birth, and that haunted and consumed her. Petunia, who was called Pete, wanted to find out where her biological father was, but her mom never told her anything about him. One day when her friend Kendra comes, they decide to search the attic to find out if anything hidden there can give them a clue about Pete’s real father. The death of her mother and her step father in an accident gives her the opportunity to meet her real father.
What happens is tragic and the emotions and chaotic thought patterns of the young girl have been captured well, throwing light on the problem of high school bullying and how many child suicides are directly or indirectly related to bullying. The book should be read by all parents, teachers, administrators, law enforcement officers, and middle and high school students. It’s also a good book from where the topic of bullying can be discussed. Children, parents, and educators will be able to relate well to the story because the characters are realistic and the plot is tangible.”
“I just finished reading “The Tower” and couldn’t put it down ‘til the end. It is so true to life and riveting. Having lived through the suicide of our 11 year old son due to being bullied, I truly know the pain and heartbreak brought to light in this book and can attest to the thousands of kids that contact us with similar stories. An outstanding tool to help start a very serious conversation about a subject far too often overlooked.”
-Kirk Smalley, President
Stand for the Silent
“This book is a must-read for all middle and high school students, parents, law enforcement, teachers and administrators. Ms. Moon gives excellent insight to a typical 12 year old’s mind and how they think they have to “deal with it themselves”. They don’t want to be a burden to their parents or friends. They feel isolated and confused. They think they are ending the torment for everyone they care about and will no longer be what they see themselves as, a burden. It’s truthful, honest, and heart wrenching. My Becca felt the same way, she looked at the towers as her quiet place, then tragedy unexpectedly occurred. Pete nor Becca wanted to end their lives, they wanted the pain to end and were trying to figure out how to deal with it without hurting others in the process. Outstanding book!”
Tricia Sedwick, President
Rebecca’s Stand Against Bullying
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