EDITOR'S NOTE: Welcome to our summer reading series, a joint offering by the Xpress section and Newspaper in Education department of the St. Petersburg Times. Seven young Tampa Bay area writers have been chosen to collaborate on this project, each writer contributing a chapter under the coordination of Michael Taylor, language arts teacher at Meadowlawn Middle School in St. Petersburg. Our summer serial is a fictional treatment of what are very real problems faced by too many students: bullying, intimidation and harassment. Our central characters, Amanda and Nathaniel, are victims but _ because often individuals who are picked on find outlets for their distress _ they are also perpetrators.
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THE STORY SO FAR: Friends Amanda Bichard and Nathaniel Flanagan have confided in each other about being the victims of bullies. When they went out to lunch one Saturday, Amanda shared another painful episode: the time she was so cruel to Tessa, her longtime friend. To read previous chapters, go to www.sptimes.com/nie, then click on Kids Only.