Kids can be cruel to those who are different.
Mykah Montgomery, who once lived in Castro Valley and still has family here, has written a book to help children to embrace their differences, love themselves and others.
"The Girl Who Wanted a Tail" is available online as a paperback or e-book.
The author says the book was inspired by her 8-year-old daughter Mylaan, and the lessons that she has tried to teach.
"With bullying and mean behavior running rampant in our communities, it is important that our children have a code of conduct that promotes love and acceptance," Montgomery says.