Book List

It’s important to remember that whether your being bullied, bullying, or seeing bullying, you’re not alone. A lot of people have gone through similar experiences. These books will allow you to look at the issue of bullying through someone else’s eyes, and maybe learn something about your own situation. Read these books on your own and maybe suggest them for a book club.


Confessions of A Former Bully

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By Trudy Ludwig

Suggested Audience: Middle School

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone who bullies? Katie never thought of herself as a bully. So what if she excludes kids from games or says some harsh things to her friends every once and a while? It’s not like she ever hits anyone. What’s the big deal? After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she faces consequences for her actions. The consequences help Katie realize that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual perspective of the aggressor, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tips and tools they can use to help identify and overcome emotional bullying. An informative Author’s Note to Parents & Teachers and recommended resources are included.

Order From: Random House


Wonder

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By R.J. Palacio

Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder by R.J. Palacio begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Words Wound

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By Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade

Vicious words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to suicide.

Written by experts in cyberbullying prevention, Words Wound provides strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying as well as for those who have taken part in bullying others. The book gives teens the tools they need to keep themselves safe online, protect their digital reputations, and make their schools and their communities kinder places. Includes true stories by teens who have been cyberbullied and are working to eliminate online bullying in their schools.

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Seven Chances

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By Heather Slee

Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade

After a horribly embarrassing incident at school was photographed for the world to see, Abby just wants to get her life back to the way it was. With the help of mysterious magic stones, Abby gets the chance to redo parts of her life. This seems like the perfect solution to her problems…but Abby soon learns that all choices have consequences, and soon hers will catch up to her.

Suspenseful, engaging, and heartwarming, Abby’s story offers great lessons on resiliency, empathy, and empowerment. Abby discovers that she never needed the magic stones to take control of her own life. Teens will relate to Abby’s anguished experience with bullying and rejoice with her when she discovers the power she has to affect change.

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