Part of the Story

Because awareness is the key to change…

Part of the Story: Real Life Impact

Part of the Story is a program that engages teens on real-life, powerful issues. Speakers will offer answers to teen questions on this year’s theme: “bullying”.

The 2019 Part of the Story book is…

Cracked by K.M. Walton

Victor is under stress—his life is terrible, he’s bullied at school, and his parents won’t let him be anything but perfect. He decides the best way out is to down his mom’s sleeping pills—but instead of never waking up, he opens his eyes in the hospital. From there, it’s a short trip to the psych ward.

Guess who ends up as his roomie? Bull, the biggest jerk at school, who’s got his own issues that landed him here. The two guys couldn’t be more different, and there’s no way this is going to work. Until they discover the one thing they have in common: a reason to keep living.

Read the book and attend events to discuss the real-life impact of bullying. 

About the Author

K.M. Walton is the author of Cracked, Empty, and the upcoming Ultimatum (Sourcebooks Fire 3/7/17). She’s editing and contributing to her Behind the Song anthology (Sourcebooks Fire 9/2017). K.M. co-authored Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking for mathematics teachers K – 8. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in elementary education and spent most her teaching career in middle school teaching language arts. Mean people baffle her – she’s so passionate about acceptance that she gives school presentations—middle school through university level—titled: “The Power of Human Kindness.” She’s also a proud member of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau. K.M. lives in PA with Team Walton, which includes her husband, two sons, and cat. Visit the author at or follow her on twitter @kmwalton1.