Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prosecutor Pens Kids' Book on How to Deal with Bullying

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prosecutor Pens Kids' Book on How to Deal with Bullying

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Four years after writing a children's book to raise awareness about Internet safety, Montgomery County's top prosecutor has authored her second book, this time tackling the issue of bullying.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, the first woman ever elected as the county's top law enforcement officer, recently published "The Mouse Who Beat The Jungle Bullies" and is making it available to elementary schools countywide.

The book continues the exploits of Wesley, "an adventurous young mouse," who was depicted in Ms. Ferman's first book in 2011, "The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone," which raised awareness among children and parents about the dangers of browsing on the Internet.

"I always thought it would be great to use the model of our lead character of Wesley and write a sequel, a follow up that would deal with bullying, because bullying and cyber bullying are some of the biggest challenges that our kids face in schools," Ms. Ferman said as she enthusiastically displayed her latest creation.

The book tells the tale of Wesley, who despite his parents' warnings journeys into the jungle and encounters many bullies, said Ms. Ferman, who has served as district attorney for eight years and will be moving on to a county judicial seat in January.

"With quick thinking, courage and common sense, Wesley stood up to bullies and returned home safely," according to the book's liner notes.

Ms. Ferman had some help from two of her children, Jenna and Jake, with writing the book, which Ms. Ferman said is a perfect way to talk to children about how to stand up to bullies, both online and in the real world.

"The goal was to take our hero into the jungle and show how he navigates challenges with different bullies, different sizes and shapes, and how he is able stand up to bullies and do what is right and stand up for his rights," Ms. Ferman explained.

While "The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone" was penned as a fundraiser for the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center- a nonprofit corporation that serves as a child-friendly facility where medical professionals, social workers and law enforcement come together to streamline the investigative process and provide victims with the necessary support services to help them heal - the new book will be sent to schools as a learning tool. …

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