Reading Riot: Bullying Awareness Through Books

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Bullying can take many forms – physical, emotional or social. It can be words used to hurt someone, leaving someone out, gossiping and spreading rumors and even through texts and the Internet.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is being bullied, take the time to discuss your concerns with a friend or trusted adult. has excellent resources to show support and learn ways to prevent bullying. And of course, the library has a selection of fiction and nonfiction books on the subject.

Here are a few recommendations

Book cover photo blue-ribbon roosterThe Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander
In a small town largely ruled by prejudices and bullies, 14-year-old Austin sets out to win a ride in the next parade.

Powerless by Matthew Cody
Soon after moving, 12-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have superpowers that they will lose unless he can use his brain power to protect them.

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner
Torrey’s YouTube videos on fashion and beauty for teenagers were famous, but then her younger sister is killed by a drunk driver during a filming and cyber bullies begin attacking her.

Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner
Elliot, a victim of bullying, invents a calmer, cooler self when he changes schools in the middle of freshman year.

Alabama Moon by Watt Key
After the death of his father, 10-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world.

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
When a boy she knows only through Facebook posts a lot of nasty comments on her page, 15-year-old Lara tries to kill herself–but that is only the beginning.

Cartoon girl and peopleI’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Bea is a shoo-in for a scholarship to MIT but throughout high school she and her best friends have been the targets of bullying. In response, Bea uses her math skills to come up with a guaranteed path to social happiness.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
When a bully she doesn’t know threatens to beat her up, Piddy Sanchez struggles to confront difficult challenges.

Bystander by James Preller
Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people.

We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying  by Deborah Ellis
Presents interviews with students who have been bullied, as they describe their experiences with peers, parents, teachers and school administrators, along with advice on the best methods that can be used to stop bullying behavior.

Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change
Explains why girls can sometimes be mean to each other, what victims of bullies can do, and the importance of treating other girls with respect.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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