THE GREENLEE PROJECT by Amanda M. Thrasher

THE GREENLEE PROJECT by Amanda M. Thrasher

THE GREENLEE PROJECT
by

Amanda M. Thrasher 

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Cyber-bullying
Date of Publication: October 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 206

 

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Social media, cruel jokes, and bitter betrayal – watch your teens!
Greenlee Lynn Granger is about to find out how easily social media can be used as a malicious tool: a normal teen one day and ruined the next. Who knew a boy’s affections would turn her life into such a nightmare? Becoming a designated ‘project,’ a joke in front of the whole school, turns Greenlee’s life upside down. Relationships with her family and friends strained, she is forced to make mature decisions. Greenlee knows her choices will determine the future of her abusers. 
An emotional glimpse into the reality of cyber-bullying, The Greenlee Project showcases the all-too-common anonymous and cruel betrayals of others through social media, of such magnitude that it devastates a young teen, her friends, family, and the community. Cyber-bullying affects not just the victims, but everyone around them. After being the target of cyber-bullying, what Greenlee does next is shocking.


Praise for The Greenlee Project

The Greenlee Project is a touching and chilling cautionary tale that every teen should read. Amanda Thrasher gives us interesting and compelling characters, a well-crafted plot, and a breathless pace. Her teens are so real that you will feel you know them personally. Teens will find The Greenlee Project a compelling read and a helpful guide, while adults will see the challenges today’s teens face. This is a grand and important story.” 
David A. Bedford, Ph.D. Instructor of Spanish at TCU
“The Greenlee Project is a captivating fictional story addressing critical real-life issues that tweens and teens face today. Bullying and cyber-bullying are part of our society today that has had tragic consequences for many.  Amanda Thrasher, is a talented author, who has delivered a story that is both compelling and also thought-provoking.  You can feel the emotions of each of the characters as the story unfolds along this journey. It will leave you with the desire to change the world around you and to talk to others about the increasing severity of bullying and cyber-bullying. With the discussion questions included, this is an excellent choice for  book-clubs and middle school language arts classes. Such a critical and important story. 

– Lisa Robinson – NSC
“The Greenlee Project is a wonderful book about a terrible subject. It’s hard to read this book without feeling sad, then angry, then empathetic, then proud.” 
– Sherry Leigh Rummel
“I was blown away by The Greenlee Project. You hear so much about bullying and things that teenagers deal with online these days. It’s been a few week since I finished the book, and I’m still thinking about how real the characters are. You feel like you could meet any of them at any high school any where. This book is great for any age group, but teens and their parents should definitely read The Greenlee Project.” 
– E. Nieman
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Chapter 1 – Greenlee (cont’d)

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“You have to do this, you have to be strong and stand up for yourself. Do this for yourself. It’s what you wanted.” Mrs. Granger had walked over and kissed her daughter on top of her head.

“Greenlee, you’ve come so far. We’re so proud of you. You don’t realize it yet, but this, baby, it’s the last step.” She’d hugged her and spun her around toward the door. “Greenlee, this is it, you’ve got to do this!” her mother had declared.

Greenlee’s eyes had been brimming with tears and she could hardly look at her mom. This would be the last and most painful step in this impossible situation that Greenlee would ever take. Her mom’s heart had sunk as the tears had streamed down her daughter’s face.

“I really, really think I should go with you,” her mother had said, but she knew as soon as the words had left her mouth that Greenlee would object, and she had been right. Greenlee had shaken her head and left for school.

Why her mom didn’t allow her to stay home one more day and wallow in self-pity, she didn’t really know. Curling up into a ball and shutting out the world was the only thing that appealed to her. Bed—she wanted to go back to bed, and pretend that none of this had ever happened. Greenlee knew that this was impossible. She’d come too far for that. She would have to face them, all of them, and then it would be done.

Students were rushing by her, gesturing and whispering as they headed into school. Greenlee pretended that she didn’t hear them, remaining silent. The snickers, stares, and fingerpointing were brutal. She scurried like a mouse, moving as fast as she could through the maze of students. I’m pathetic, she thought. I’ve become absolutely pathetic! Realizing that she had nowhere to go, she continued to place one foot in front of the other, with no particular destination in mind. Digging her hands deep into her jean pockets, she felt a crisp dollar bill that she’d forgotten about. Greenlee bent down and rummaged through her backpack. In a tiny zipped-up pocket, she found a crumpled and worn five-dollar bill. She managed to scrape up a few coins as well, with a combined total of just over seven dollars for bus fare. Pulling her pink hoodie up to cover her face, she walked down the street. Her phone rang a familiar tune and made her jump. It was Marianne. Greenlee didn’t answer it. She didn’t want to talk to her friend, certainly not at this moment. Then the familiar beep indicated that a voice-mail message was waiting. Surprising even herself, Greenlee deleted the message without listening to it. Tears welled up in her eyes again. She wiped them away with her sleeve, took a deep breath, and continued down the street.

 

 

Multiple Award Winning Author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas and resides there still. Author of several children’s books including picture books, middle-grade chapter books, YA and even a reader’s theater titled “What If . . . A Story of Shattered Lives.” She conducts workshops, writes a blog and contributes to an online magazine. She’s a multiple Gold recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards for The Greenlee Project, YA and General Fiction, and for Spider Web Scramble, a Mischief book. As Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, she assists authors with their work and shares her writing process and what she has learned as a publisher with people of all ages.

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