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Online surge of support for bullied book lover

Online surge of support for bullied book lover

A young boy from the UK has received an outpouring of support from authors, bookshops and celebrities once they learned he had been bullied for his love of books.

Callum Manning from South Shields had recently started a new school, where fellow pupils discovered his Instagram account, which he uses to share and review his latest reads.

A group chat was created without him where other students called him a ‘creep’ and a ‘sad weirdo’ for his public appreciation for books.

His older sister, Ellis Landreth, tweeted about the bullying.

‘Can’t believe how awful kids are. My little brother’s made an Instagram reviewing and talking about books and kids in his new school have seen it and have created a group chat calling him a creep slagging him off about it and added him to it so he could see [sic]’ the Tweet read.

After going viral, Manning received a wealth of support. His Instagram account swelled with followers, and now has roughly 353,000.

A nearby Waterstones bookstore commented that friendships are often made through books, and more books discovered by the friends around us.

Authors Caroline Kepnes and Matt Haig both reached out to him with messages of encouragement.

‘Yes there are always going to be cyber-bullies but there are moments like this which swamp out that bullying with kindness,’ said Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive.

The online response ‘made him feel so good, and sends out a really strong, anti-bullying message – a case of who’s getting the last laugh now,’ said Carla Landreth, Callum’s mother.

Manning’s Instagram account usually feature the cover of his latest read and a small comment. He has recommended everything from Frankenstein through to the Twilight series to his followers. His latest read was Pride and Prejudice