Lily Darling, a novella by Malesha Smith
Lily Darling, a novella, by Malesha Smith, is an inspiring story of how Lily, a Middle schooler, rose from the ashes of self-pity to self-assurance and became a voice for others.
One in five USA school pupils are bullied nationally. Lily Mitchell, the main character, a Langley Middle School student, is subjected to the harmful behavior of bullies. The negative forces of bullies caused Lily to abhor the image of herself in the mirror, her bus ride to school, and her existence on the school landscape.
A new girl at school, Jerica, gradually brings balance to Lily’s existence by teaching her the principles of positive reaffirmation. One day Lily pulled Julius, a stranger, from the butt end of a tiger fight in an alleyway. In the end, can Lily and Jerica save Julius?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Malesha Smith, born in 1984, grew up in the small, rural town of Lexington, in the Mississippi Delta. Malesha used writing as a defense mechanism when she was struggling with self-esteem and depression. Malesha was a member of her high school theatre arts team; she wrote and performed in numerous plays and short skits at school and in her community. Between working full time as a technologist and being a mother of five young children, Malesha Smith found time to pursue her lifelong passion of writing. Lily Darling, a novella, is her first work.
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QUOTE from Lily Darling:
She’s not skinny. Her hips are broad; her shoulders are wide; her legs are long; her arms are long; her feet are big; her fingers are long. She is different; she is made funny; let’s laugh; let’s laugh hard; let’s laugh boldly; let’s treat her coldly. See, I will pick on her. Watch me pick on her. Laugh! Look at me. Look at her. Laugh! Did you hear me? Did you see her. She feels badly. I did it. Yes, I did it. I made her little. I am big. Laugh! Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!