This is the first book in my new series, "Life Lessons with Little LeaLea." Written from the perspective of one typical little girl, Are There Bullies on the Buddy Bench?, follows LeaLea as she maneuvers through the social complexities of being in the third grade, dodging the playground bully, and avoiding cliques, while remaining true to herself. I was motivated to write this book after my granddaughter shared some unpleasant experiences she was having at school, which just broke my heart. Listening to other parents, grandparents, and the nightly news, I understand that this is an ongoing problem. I wrote the book from the perspective of LeaLea, hoping that this would hold the interest of any young person going through a similar situation. By adding humorous situations, dropping wise tidbits from her mom, and adding a twist to the interrelationship dynamics of the characters, I hope I made this book both enjoyable and educational for the young reader.