Susanne Gervay’s Being Jack hits back at bullies with Michael Cathcart ARTS
Radio National Interview – Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 10:26AM
One in four Australian children are affected by bullying. It’s a shocking figure and while the Australian government reports that school yard taunts and physical attacks have decreased in the past few years, there’s no room for complacency, because cyber bullying is on the rise. There are many initiatives to help address bullying, including series of books tackling difficult issues that children face in the school yard and increasingly in social media. Susanne Gervay is the author and she’s about to launch Being Jack, the fourth and final chapter in the life of Jack, a boy who likes science experiments, surfing and photography. Jack is lovingly surrounded by a madcap bunch of family and friends. In this book he has survived and even triumphed over the bullyboys, but his close friend becomes a target.