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Unpacking 13 Reasons Why
Two Glaring Truths the Show Unveiled
by Rob Chagdes

It’s Hannah, Hannah Baker… I’m about to tell you…why my life ended. And if you’re listening to this tape, you’re one of the reasons why.

Netflix has once again introduced a show that has captured the conversation among teenagers, much like last summer’s hit Stranger Things.

Based on the Jay Asher novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why, tells the story of a teen girl’s decision to end her own life. High school sophomore Hannah Baker records thirteen reasons she ended her life, because, as she says, “there are thirteen sides to every story.” Recording on old-school cassette tapes, Hannah orchestrates a scenario in which those she blames for her death will listen to the tapes and know why she took her own life.

JONATHAN'S BLOG: When teasing goes too far
Do your kids resonate with 13 Reasons Why?

Do they ever feel, or have any friends who feel bullied, teased, mocked, or pushed too far?

My longtime blog readers might remember me talking about a book I have been writing literally for years now—the story of a high school kid who was teased and mocked beyond the tipping point. I finished the book and hope to get it published this year.

That’s where you come in.

I never release a book until I’ve had a bunch of people preview it first and give me feedback.

Would you like to preview this fiction book? Or do you know some teenagers who are readers that might want to give it a test run? (Any fan of my ZOMBIE fiction book might really like this one as well)

The book is titled ENMITY. Here’s a piece of the back cover copy:

One word describes the visceral sensation he feels when he enters campus each day.

One word describes the angst he endures each class period when his books are knocked off his desk, when students chuckle and whisper about him, and the teachers either don’t have a clue, or feign not to notice.

Just one word describes the emotions swimming throughout his body on this particular Monday as he is knocked to the ground in gym class for the last time.

For Brett, the word is as obvious as the setting sun. The word is enmity. And when the sun rises Tuesday… no one will be laughing any more.

Email me at if you’d like to preview this book. You’d have a couple weeks to read it and give feedback, and then I’ll give you a free copy once it’s published.
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Digital Guardians
Can Tech Solve the Problems It Creates?
David R. Smith and Jonathan McKee

Putting a camera on a cell phone has been as world-changing as putting a man on the moon. After all, millions of young people have sabotaged themselves by sharing nude pics. 

Fortunately, there’s a new app to combat this problem. So parents and youth workers can relax, right?