Local Author Writes Important Children’s Book about Bullying

May 4, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

I know, as a parent, I am forever talking with my kids about how important being nice is. How good character will help them be happier. How friendship is a gift that should be treasured. How being mean is not only wrong, it’s also no fun.

Engelic Everett lives and thrives with Down Syndrome. She is a small business owner, an award winning self-advocate, published and performed playwright and now – because apparently that just wasn’t enough – a published author!

The book covers an important topic, too. It’s about bullying. The book, Olivia the Bully is meant to teach children, at an early age, the importance of friendship, understanding, and love. I asked Engelic why this book was so important to write, “I decided to write Olivia the Bully because I know that bullying is a serious topic that needs to be heard.” Engelic said, “In the book Olivia is the bully but in the middle she realized that bullying isn’t nice to do after all and she changes her ways.”

You can join Engelic for a story-reading and book signing of Olivia the Bully. Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Museum of disAbility History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo.

The book is available for $9.95 at the Museum’s bookstore Or on the museum’s website. 

If you haven’t been to the Museum of disABILITY History, it is a place to learn about the struggles and triumphs of people with disabilities. The only museum of its kind in the U.S., the Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection and preservation of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. They have lots of neat events coming up – the info is on their website.



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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