Books

Dear Bully

By Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones
Tween, 2011
352 pg.

70 authors come together to share their stories about bullying and to let young people know they’re not alone.

Egghead - How Long Would You Stand By?

By Caroline Pignat
Red Deer Press, 2008
128 pages, Grades 7-10

Will is an odd kid who is obsessed with bugs and is lousy at gym. In other words, he’s the perfect target for Shane, a kid who loves to bully. Katie has been Will’s friend since grade school, but can she defend him in high school? Egghead explores bullying from different points of view, and examines the difference between teasing and bullying.

Geography Club

By Brent Hartinger
HarperCollins, 2003
226 pages, Grades 7-11

Russell Middlebrook is convinced that he’s the only gay student at school, until he finds a small group of other gay students. Together, they form a club to talk about their experiences, but they keep it a secret from the rest of the study body by giving it the most boring name possible: Geography Club. Who would want to join a club like that? Russell and his friends are about to find out.

Stitches

By Glen Huser
Groundwood Books, 2003
200 pages, Grades 7-10

Travis lives in a trailer park outside a small prairie town, where his love of sewing and desire to become a professional puppeteer make him different from his classmates. These interests make Travis a ripe target for Shon and his friends. As ninth grade graduation approaches, the taunts and schoolyard ambushes escalate until Shon's anger, jealousy, and prejudice erupt in violence.

The Misfits

By James Howe
Simon & Schuster, 2001
274 pages, Grades 6-8

Skeezie, Addie, Joe and Bobby are best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of taunts about their weight, height, intelligence, and sexuality. And so, the friends create a new political party during student council elections. Their platform is to put an end to name-calling, full stop.

The Skin I'm In

By Sharon Flake
Hyperion, 1998
176 pages, Grades 7-11

Seventh-grader Maleeka Madison is tormented by other students because of her dark skin. When Maleeka sees her new teacher, whose skin is blotched from a skin condition, she thinks she has finally met someone who understands her. As she sees Miss Saunders ignore the taunts of children, Maleeka begins to explore how she can face the cruelty of her own peers. In the end, Maleeka learns not only how she wants to be treated, but how she would like to treat others.

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