For the Love of Rhupert
Eight year-old Emmaline and her best friend Rosemary empathise with and support the older, much-bullied, but highly musically gifted Rhupert. The girls are aghast at how little support they receive from the school; one of the bullies happens to be the son of the school principal.
Rhupert's seemingly growing confidence diminishes when the bullies discover he will attend the same secondary school as their brothers the following year. They do everything possible to convince him the bullying won't cease.
Finally, events take an unexpected but very sad turn. Emmaline's life is turned upside down and things will never be the same again.
Parents and teachers will want to read this very moving account with their older primary school offspring and students in the hope of conveying the possible tragic outcome of bullying.
About the Author
Rhonda Schwab was born in 1947 in Burwood Victoria, and attended primary and secondary schools in Ashburton and Ashwood, respectively.
Rhonda worked as a dental nurse for some time and she also took on some retail positions. She loved English at school and always thought she might one day take up writing.
Her knowledge of one victim's suffering - hopelessness, sadness, worthlessness and fear - from being bullied back in the fifties when she was growing up, and her awareness of its prevalence in society today compelled her to write this account in the hope it would act as a warning to children and adults.
Rhonda lives in Mulgrave, Victoria with her husband. She has two adult children.
This is her first published work.