Thirteen-year old Izzy Hadala is teaching other teens about bullying with her now published book, The First Day Speech. "I felt like I had a story to share that other kids and even adults could relate to," she told FOX35 Monday.
"There have been several instances where I've been bullied, its put me in the position I am in today and has given me the courage to write this book, so I can share my message, bullying is bad," she said.
Hadala has her own disability. She was born with a genetic birth defect and her hands, feet and teeth may never develop properly.
"This book just addresses that being different is ok," Hadala said. The book portrays a character named Nathan who reads a speech he wrote about his facial cleft, to his classmates on the first day of school.
"He writes a speech on the first day of school, so the kids can ask him questions, so there are no questions or staring or awkwardness," said Hadala.
In conjunction with writing the book, the young Central Florida author who's in middle-school is also reading her book to other students at other schools. She just wants everyone to know that bullying isn't cool.
"Its amazing because never in a million years did I think I would have my own book," she said.
Florida Hospital for Children is donating 100-copies of Izzy Hadala's book to schools across the state.