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Are Bullies Here? Part I

stop-bullyingAre Bullies Here?
You had a great group of friends, but they seem to have all turned against you. They group up, look at you as you walk down the hall, whisper something to each other, and then laugh at you.
It’s bad enough you’re being called names at school, now someone has been sending them to your phone too. . .
Do these scenarios sound familiar?
The crew here at PTT knows bullying is a reality for many teens. Over the next few weeks we’re going to highlight articles, websites, videos, and books that can help anyone who’s being bullied, knows someone who’s being bullied and wants to help, or who just realized that they’re bullying someone else.
Today’s resources are an overview about what bullying is.  Next week we’ll have resources about how to prevent and/or recover from bullying.
Books in this list can be found in the swtteen profile under the list named: Bullying – Orientation

Book Shorts: Colin Fischer

Colin FischerTitle:  Colin Fisher
Author:  Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
Summary:  A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.

I started reading it because… It has a character with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I kept reading because… Colin’s way of searching for truth is fascinating, and the character is written in an authentic way.

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Make Enemies and get Bullied

Six Word Review:  Super observant teen proves bully innocent?

This book reminded me of Marcelo In the Real World because both main characters have a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum and both juggle moral dilemmas.

Four on a Theme: Bullies

icon-books Bullies seem to be a feature at nearly every school. They are the ones who can’t succeed on their own terms, who think they have to put someone else down in order to rise up. We’ve blogged about bullies before, but as long as bullies exist, there will be stories about them. Here are four newer titles about bullies and their (sometimes) victims.
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Book Shorts: Rotters


Title:  Rotters

Author:  Daniel Kraus

Summary:  Sixteen-year-old Joey’s life takes a very strange turn when his mother’s tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he’s never known, and who’s the town pariah.

I started reading it because… it won the Odyssey Award for best audiobook.

I kept reading because… It is macabre. It is grotesque. It is shocking. It is horrific. And yet…there is tenderness, too.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Shoot Up the School.

Six Word Recap:  Stephen King, watch your back! ROTTERS!

This book reminded me of The Marbury Lens because… it is about ordinary guys who find themselves at the mercy of disturbing situations.

Stay Tuned:  Great crossover appeal for teen and adult horror fans.  Mr. Kraus is a writer to watch!

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Book Shorts: Leverage



Title:  Leverage

Author:  Joshua C. Cohen

Summary:  High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

I started reading it because…  I was intrigued by the unlikely friendship between the school’s star gymnast and the new football recruit.

I kept reading because… Warning: this book is sad and scary at times. But I kept reading because it’s also hopeful and shows that people can make a difference when they work together.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Start the next “It Gets Better” project.

Six Word Recap: Football player and gymnast fight bullying.

This book reminded me of Everybody Sees the Ants because… both have characters that are bullied and figure out a way to deal with it.

Four on a Theme: Bullies

I am lucky.  I don’t remember any serious bullying in my K-12 years, nor any particular people who stood out as bullies.  And yet, there is something thrilling about reading about bullies and their victims, hoping against hope that the victims will stand up, turn around, and face the person they fear most, no matter what it costs them, because in the end, they have nothing left to lose.  Here are four recent books about bullies.

book cover  Don’t Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer
Ishmael Leseur is certain that his name is the cause of his unhappy school life as the victim of the worst bully in his class, but when a new boy arrives, he shows Ishmael that things could be different.

book cover  Endgame by Nancy Garden
Gray, bullied at school and ridiculed by his unfeeling father for preferring drums to hunting, goes on a shooting rampage at his high school.

  Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party whose disastrous outcome changes her life forever.

  Freak by Marcella Pixley
Miriam – poetic, smart, and quirky – is considered a freak by the popular girls at her middle school, and she eventually explodes in response to their bullying, revealing an inner strength she did not know she had.