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The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom (Reference 371.58 BOT)
C. J. Bott

Provides important information that teachers and school staff need to know concerning bullies, their targets, and bystanders. It is unique in that it discusses titles appropriate for kindergarten teachers up to high school teachers. Picture books are often used at many levels to introduce a unit, so these appeal to all teachers. Counselors can also use some of these books as bibliotherapy in their work. For each title, there is an in-depth summary, activities, and quotes from the book for students to discuss.


Names Will Never Hurt Me (Teen, Fiction)
Jaime Adoff

Deftly interweaving the narratives of four unique, vivid teenagers, this powerful novel in prose-poetry form explores the enormous repercussions of daily school teasing, racism, and ostracism. As tensions rise and emotions reach the breaking point, will they be able to reach out to one another in time to prevent a tragedy?

Speak (Teen and j, Fiction)
Laurie Halse Anderson

Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud. What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. A stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast.

Alt Ed (Teen, Fiction)
Catherine Atkins
Atkins paints a gripping portrait of an overweight girl coming to terms with her father's estrangement, her brother's hostility, and the slow torture she's received at the hands of her classmates.

Cat's Eye (Fiction)
Margaret Atwood
"Cat's Eye" presents the retrospective of Elaine Risley, a middle-aged acclaimed artist who discovers that she cannot move into the future as she is still trapped in the past, because of the childhood trauma caused by Cordelia, Elaine's tormentor and soul-mate. Elaine was so deeply scarred by the sinister girly "power-games" of her childhood years that she lost herself, her memories, and "became" a cat's eye: cool as cold marble, detached, and almost devoid of feeling.

Please Stop Laughing at Me (Teen, Non-fiction 371.58 BLA)
Jodee Blanco
In her poignant autobiographical work, Jodee Blanco tells how school became a frightening and painful place, where threats, humiliation, and assault were as much a part of her daily experience as bubblegum and lip-gloss were for others. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be an outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it wrong, why schools fail, and how bullying is both misunderstood and mishandled.

Walking Naked (Fiction)
Alyssa Brugman
Tenth-grader Megan, a member of a popular clique, takes steps toward defying convention and becoming friends with a school outcast. What distinguishes this variation is that neither of the central characters-- Megan, the narrator, and Perdita, called the Freak by her classmates--is particularly likeable.

The Chocolate War (Teen, Fiction)
Robert Cormier

You wouldn't think that Jerry Renault’s refusal to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; it's as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. To some, Jerry is a hero, but to others, he becomes a scapegoat--a target for their pent-up hatred.

Beyond the Chocolate War (Teen, Fiction)
Robert Cormier
The school year is almost at an end, and the chocolate sale is past history. But no one at Trinity School can forget The Chocolate War. Cormier has written a brilliant sequel, more finely crafted, denser in plotting, and more subtle in character nuance than at his debut novel.

Girl Wars: Twelve Strategies That Will End Female Bullying (Teen, Non-fiction 302.34 DEL)
Cheryl Dellasega
With their combined experience in offering and evaluating programs that combat bullying, the authors show that girls not only want to help rather than hurt each other, they can do so with guidance from concerned adults.

A Northern Light (Teen, Fiction)

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A Northern Light (Teen, Fiction)
Jennifer Donnelly
The story’s frank voice reveals much about poverty, racism, and feminism at the turn of the twentieth century. Minnie witnesses illness and death and birth at a range far closer than most teens do today.

I Wrote on All Four Walls: Teens Speak out on Violence (Teen, Non-fiction 303.6 IWR)
Fran Fernly
The harrowing stories of nine contemporary teenagers who have witnessed, been the victim of, or instigated acts of violence... sometimes all three. In their own words, these teens offer thoughtful testimony on how such experiences have impacted on their lives, and their choices in dealing with those repercussions. Each experience is as unique and complex as the teens themselves. But one common element is clear: violence builds walls, and these teens want to speak up and break out.

Men of Stone (Teen, Fiction)
Gayle Friesen
In this captivating tale, Ben Conrad, 15, learns of his Mennonite roots; his father's artistic talents; his mother's devastation by her husband's death; and his own talent as a dancer, which turns out to be part blessing and part curse. A local bully incites anger in the ordinarily restrained, sensitive Ben, and despite offers of help, he decides he must face him alone. In a journey of mind, body, and spirit, he learns to emphasize his strengths and conquer his weaknesses.

Inventing Elliot (Teen, Fiction)
Graham Gardner
This stunning first novel pays homage to Robert Cormier’s great The Chocolate War with a story about a boy trying to survive in a school run by a vicious secret society. But where Jerry Renault resists the system, only to succumb to it in the end, Elliot Sutton is more eager to do its bidding, and doesn’t take action to resist until it is almost too late.

Lord of the Flies (Fiction)
William Golding
A thought-provoking novel that describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric. The book commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things (Teen, Fiction)
Carolyn Mackler
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Perfect Snow (Teen, Fiction)
Nora Martin

Seventeen-year-old Ben must deal with a violent white-supremacy hate group in his small Montana town because his father and his friends are involved with it.

Shooter (Teen, Fiction)
Walter Dean Myers
Six months after a deadly shooting at a suburban high school, educators and psychological and criminal experts compile their interviews and analyses to assess any ongoing threat in the school environment. Myers, winner of many awards for his young adult novels, brings freshness and new anguish to this familiar tale (and growing social problem) of unstable victim tormented by bullies to homicidal rage.

Devil's Toenail (Teen, Fiction)
Sally Prue
A bullied boy is lured by the dark power of revenge in this haunting young adult fantasy.

Project X: A Novel (Teen, Fiction)
Jim Shepard
Shepard's lean and stinging new novel zeroes in on the conjunction of two troubling facets of American life: the tragic disaffection of middle-class teenage boys and guns in the home.

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy (Teen, Non-fiction 305.23 ODD)
Rachel Simmons
Simmons draws from her workshops with teens, offering anecdotes, poems, and letters written by teens as well as her own insightful commentary. The chapters are loosely organized and examine bullying from a variety of angles: the voices of the bully, the victim, and the not-so-innocent bystander all speak here.

Give a Boy A Gun (Teen, Fiction)
Tod Strasser
The author explores the psyche of adolescents who use handguns to violent ends, as two 10th-graders hold their classmates hostage.

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My Bodyguard

The teenager finds himself the target of the school bully (Matt Dillon, in his breakthrough movie role). He makes an offer to a school outcast--the biggest kid in class. He'll pay him to be his bodyguard against the bully. But the business arrangement turns into friendship, even as the smaller boy learns his new friend's secret shame.

Lord of the Flies
Describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric.

Three o'Clock High
A teenager is having one of the those days: he's late for high school, his car has a flat and he's been sent to the dean's office. But worst of all, he's just ticked off a muscle-bound bully who challenges him to a fight at 3 p.m. Jerry has just seven hours, his lightening-quick wit and a savvy kid sister to find a way out of this mess. As the clock ticks away and the suspense mounts, Jerry's going to be history--unless he can make brain work against brawn in this teen comedy classic.

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The Bully Blockers Club (Children's, Picture Books [j O] BAEMAN,TER)
Teresa Beteman/Jackie Urbanovic (illus)

When Lottie is bothered by a bully at school, she helps start a club where everyone is welcome. With appealing animal characters, this realistic story shows how a bully can hurt others and provides suggestions about how younger children can handle the situation.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (Children's, Early Readers [j E] BERENSTAIN,STA)
Stan and Jan Berenstain
Brother Bear is a master at teasing-until the tables are turned and he's the one being heckled for being the principal's pet. And when Brother finally understands that teasing isn't just mean, it's also dangerous, he actually decides to stick up for the new kid at school.

Bootsie Barker Bites (Children's, Picture Books [j O] BOTTNER,BAR)
Barbara Bottner/Peggy Rathman (illus)
A nasty little terror who kicks dogs, throws temper tantrums, and sticks her tongue out, Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until her playmate comes up with a better way to have fun.

Willy the Champ (Children's, Picture Books, Older [j I] BROWNE,ANT)
Anthony Browne
Not very good at sports or fighting, mild-mannered Willy nevertheless proves he's the champ when the local bully shows up.

Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully (Children's, Picture Books [j O] CARLSON,NAN)
Nancy Carlson
After having his lunch repeatedly stolen by a bully twice his size, Loudmouth George and his friend Harriet teach him a lesson he'll never forget.

Jake Drake: Bully Buster (Children's, Chapter Books [j c] CLEMENTS,AND)
Andrew Clements / Amanda Harvey (illus)

Fourth-grader Jake Drake relates how he comes to terms with SuperBully Link Baxter, especially after they are assigned to be partners on a class project

Bully Trouble (Children's, Early Readers [j E] COLE,JOA)
Joanna Cole / Marylin Hafner (illus)

Arlo and Robby devise a plan for dealing with a neighborhood bully.

The Meanest Thing To Say (Children's, Early Readers [j E] COSBY,BIL)
Bill Cosby
When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.

The Girl With 500 Middle Names (Children's, Chapter Books [j c] HADDIX,MAR)
Margaret Peterson Haddix / Janet Hamlin (illus)
Janie is poorer than her new classmates, and she doesn't fit in. When her mother's business falls apart, Janie thinks of a way to help her family. But it means she will stand out even more. Is she strong enough to face the challenge? This is the heartwarming story of a girl whose belief in her family enables her to risk embarrassment -- and to make new friends

Pinky and Rex and the Bully (Children's, Chapter Books [j c] HOWE,JAM)
James Howe / Melissa Sweet (illus)
Pinky's favorite color is pink, and his best friend, Rex, is a girl. Kevin, the third-grade bully, says that makes Pinky a sissy. Deep down, Pinky thinks Kevin is wrong, but he's still worried. Does Pinky have to give up his favorite things, and worse, does he have to give up his best friend?

Stop Picking On Me (Children's, Introductory Non-fiction [j c] 302.3 THO)
Pat Thomas
This approachable picture book explores the difficult issue of bullying in reassuringly simple terms. The fears, worries, and questions surrounding this upsetting experience are made accessible to young children.

Cockroach Cooties (Children's [j] YEP,LAU)
Laurence Yep
Set in the Chinatown section of San Francisco, this modern-day tale is about two brothers, eight and nine. Bobby feels responsible for getting Teddy involved with a treacherous bully at school, so he devises a plan to scare the fiend with a cockroach.


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