When Dani witnesses the bullying of a popular boy on the school playground, her world is turned upside down. Through a dream her beloved farm animals are presented with a similar problem when a new bull arrives on the farm. For the first time the animals find themselves witnesses to a vicious attack that drastically changes the farm’s loving climate as well as each of their personalities. The animals wrestle with how they can end the bullying and take back their farm—without becoming the next victim. A creative approach to stop bullying is implemented, and no one knows who will need it next.
It is through understanding, compassion and kindness that the farm takes on a transition like never before, and the lives of victim, bully and bystander are changed forever. This heart- warming story gently acknowledges children’s fears, while encouraging them to do the right thing. The main characters and surprise ending will stay in the heart and mind of the reader long after the story is told. “If all children learn to celebrate their uniqueness while being empathic toward others, imagine how the world could be transformed,” says Rooney. She has dedicated the book to all the children, for they truly have the power to change the world.
“Rooney’s tender book on bullying explores the meaning of friendship while empowering the reader to stand up for what they believe. The message is powerful. My hope is that parents will read the book as well, because the opportunity for discussion is laid out perfectly for them. We could all use a refresher course in understanding, second chances and forgiveness.” —Karen Lawrence, mother of actress Jennifer Lawrence and Founder of Camp Hi-Ho
“DANI is a well-written book that is fun, imaginative and insightful into the psychological struggles that children and young adolescents have with bullies. Set in a bucolic farm environment, school age kids who read this book will gain an understanding into how to deal with bullying. Highly recommended!” —Daniel Kelleher, MD., Board Certified in Adolescent & Child Psychiatry, Asst. Prof. Clinical Psychiatry, Rutgers University