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To this day : for the bullied and beautiful
Koyczan, Shane L., 1976- , author.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Annick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
70 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
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BF637.B85 K69 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
BF637.B85 K69 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Graphic Novels
BF637.B85 K69 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BF637.B85 K69 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An authentic rallying cry for anyone who has been affected by bullying. In February 2013, Shane Koyczan's passionate anti-bullying poem "To This Day" electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED Conference. Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany "To This Day." Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant. Born of Shane's own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement.

Author Notes

Shane Koyczan, 21st century spoken-word artist extraordinaire, has brought audiences to their feet around the world. Shane is the winner of the U.S. Slam Poetry Championship and Canadian Spoken Word Olympics. He has been featured on BRAVO television, NPR, BBC and CBC radio, and performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. His website is

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Canadian writer Koyczan's spoken-word performance of this poem has more than 13 million views on YouTube. His passionate, implacable rejection of bullying describes the effect school violence has on the hearts and minds of its victims: He is a stick of TNT lit from both ends. But Koyczan (Stickboy) also offers hope for healing. You built a cast around your/ broken heart, he writes, and signed it yourself/ you signed it/ ¬ėTHEY WERE WRONG.' Thirty-odd illustrators, some internationally known, contribute spreads to the project. Japanese painter Satoshi Kitamura's two figures stand in agonized silence with their fists clenched; Peruvian artist Armin Greder draws a gaggle of jeering faces. Dongjun Lee, a Canadian artist, captures the freedom of a boy as he rises above a steely, squared-off academic building and floats away into the sky: We are graduating members from the class of We Made It. The variation of artistic styles and media from page to page, like a collection of different voices, makes it clear that if the culture of bullying is to be defeated, it will take a chorus of collaborators. Ages 11--up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Bullying is a hot topic for today's children and teens, and it is sensitively handled in this long-form poem that originated as a spoken word poem performed by the author. Here, Koyczan uses personal anecdotes and borrows from the experiences of others to create a moving piece about the effects of bullying. The metaphors are very vibrant and relatable. This work will help young people facing similar situations. The triumphant ending lets readers know that overcoming the hatred of others is possible. An introduction and epilogue give personal information about the author and his art. The epilogue contains reactions from witnesses and victims of bullying and statistics about its far-reaching effects. Also included is a helpful list of resources for all types of bullying victims. The brightly colored, full-page illustrations by different artists stand out and can overshadow the text at times. The poem is very heartfelt, but there are no textual segues between the different spreads, so it feels a bit disjointed and thus sometimes difficult to follow. The latter half is more cohesive. It flows nicely, and is an excellent choice to read aloud. Purchase where resources about bullying for struggling preteen and teen readers are needed.-Morgan Brickey, Marion County Public Library System, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.