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Dear Rhonda, Gabe and Izzy,

Thank you for visiting us and talking to us about school bullying. I promise never to bully any school kid. I promise also never judge a person.


Dear Rhonda, Gabe and Izzy,

Thank you for coming to our school to tell us your message. Your message was great. You should go to other schools to encourage them to use your message. I will not bully any people because of your message.


Hi Rhonda,

Gabe and Izzy: Standing Up for America’s Bullied is a wonderful text to introduce and bring to light the consequences, feelings and issues associated with bullying.  Gabrielle Ford lends a clear, relating voice that reaches even the most hardened heart with her story of her personal experience and ultimate triumph over being bullied. The students at Charles F. Johnson elementary school not only embraced Gabe’s message but really connected with her during her visit!

Wendy G.


Gabe we know how you feel!

You too Izzy!

A poem for Gabe!

Never give up no matter how hard you try.
Keep going or life will pass you by.
Never give up EVER!
And never say NEVER!!
What ever you do!

Hi Gabe,

I just read your book because it was on my summer reading list.  It was one of my favorite books ever! We had four books to choose from and almost EVERYBODY chose Gabe and Izzy. I’ve never been bullied, but your story still touched my heart. I really hope that you can speak at my school. (I’m in 6th grade)but I understand if you cannot make it. Maybe you can do presentations over Skype? Anyways, I just wanted to let you know how awesome you are, and how many life lessons you have taught me.



Rhonda Hillman came to speak to our Kiwanis Club about her Mission to educate people on the subject of bullying. We were impressed with her dedication and passion about the subject which she made very clear and coincided perfectly with our mission to serve the children of our community.

I subsequently read her daughter’s book and was even more impressed with not only her daughter’s voice, but the dedication that this mother has given to her daughter and the amount of love she must have for her to take on this country wide epidemic of maltreatment of those who may be weak or different or just someone with a target on their back.

I highly recommend that you read her book and join Rhonda and the rest of us as we take a stand against bullying.

Best Regards,

Katherine Purbeck

Hi Gabe,

I just read your book and it was very good! It is now my favorite book! I learned so much. The part that meant the most to me was the part where you talked about how much Izzy meant to you. I go to Greenhill School in Addison, Texas and would love if you could come speak at our school! Thank you so much!

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