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Kids Talk About Bullying
Nonfiction Ages 11+
Pages: 120
Themes: bullying, adversity, coming of age
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: 01/09/2011
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Through her association with a community anti-bullying campaign launched in Haldimand, Norfolk, and neighboring communities in Southern Ontario, children's author Deborah Ellis asked students from the ages of nine to nineteen to talk about their experiences with bullying. The results are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing accounts of "business as usual" in and around today's schools. The kids in this book raise questions about the way parents, teachers and school administrators cope with bullies. They talk about which methods have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed to protect them. And some kids reveal how they have been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others.

This is a book for reading and sharing. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage open discussion about the nature of bullying and the ways in which individuals and schools could deal more effectively with bullies and their victims. And additional comments from international students reveal how much kids the world over have in common in the way they experience and deal with bullies.

VOYA - December 1, 2010
"Ellis's words are minimal as she lets fearful, tortured, powerless, and reclaimed voices speak about their painful experiences...This book can be used with all young people and adults, as it deals with a problem that touches all of us and seems to evade solutions. So many emotions rise from these pages that the reader cannot remain untouched."
School Library Journal - September 4, 2010
"When a new Deborah Ellis book is published, educators take note…The candid responses from victims and perpetrators are heartrending and eye-opening…This important book should be in every school and public library."
Booklist - September 1, 2010
"In more than 30 hard-hitting profiles, teens talk about bullying: as victims, perpetrators, and bystanders...Shocking but never sensationalized, this is a great title for group discussion."
What If? Magazine - June 1, 2010
"Definitely the book to read if you are dealing with a bully. Each chapter offers the opportunity to help you find what you are looking for—a possible solution to your own situation. Even if you're not dealing with bullying, you can open up to any page in the book and find a story that makes you feel and think. Thanks Deborah Ellis for this inspiring book."


CCBC Best Books  | 2011 | Commended

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