Acclaimed novelist Elaine Wolf has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Community Upstander Award for her books and her anti-bullying mission. Known as “the anti-bullying novelist,” Wolf writes about what really goes on behind the closed gates and doors of our camps and schools––where, she says, means girls (and boys) practice bullying as if it were a sport.
“Wolf writes with insight and authority about an issue that society cannot afford to ignore.”
Camp (Sky Pony Press) was chosen as Book of the Month by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (New York), which is presenting the Community Upstander Award on May 1st. Camp was given “a perfect 10” by the Voice of Youth Advocates and named a first place winner by the Forward National Literature Award Committee. It appears on “Publishers Weekly Bullying Resources: A Selected Listing.” Reviewers call Camp “a mesmerizing book” and “a must-read for adolescents and the adults who care about them.”
Reviewers say Danny’s Mom (Arcade Publishing) is “a must-read for all parents and teachers.” The Advocate calls Danny’s Mom “an excellent and essential read for mothers, adults who work in schools, and the LGBT community” and features the novel in “Books for Young LGBT Folks and Anyone Who Wants to Understand Them.” A reviewer for The Denver Post adds: "You think only students have to deal with backstabbing and bullying in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back."
Camp and Danny’s Mom have given Elaine Wolf a literal bully pulpit––a platform from which to carry on the anti-bullying conversation until our camps and schools are safer for everyone.
Elaine Wolf is an award-winning writer and the author of Camp and Danny's Mom. She is a former middle school and high school teacher and district language arts chairperson. The world she writes of is one she is passionate about and knows well. She lives with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts.