Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Orange for Unity Day: Books about Bullying

Today is Unity Day-- we're all invited to wear Orange as a way to unite against bullying.


By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. After a life-time of bullying, Daelyn has tried to kill herself several times. This time, she'll do it right, she even has the support of the community on a "completers" website.

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk. Due to his size and deafness, Will is an outsider at his new school, an especially hard adjustment since his old school was just for the hearing impaired. When a football player is murdered, Will's outsider status may give him the edge he needs to figure out who did it.

Jumped by Rita Garcia-Williams. Trina's bopping through the hallway, when she brushes by Dominique and her girls. Dominique can't believe that Trina would disrespect her space like that. Trina's going to get jumped after school. Leticia sees what Trina did and what Dominique threatens. She won't tell Trina though, doesn't want to get on Dominique's bad side. Won't tell an adult, just waits to see the fight go down. Told in all three voices, it follows them throughout the day.


Playground by 50 Cent. Butterball is the bully. Attacking others is the only time he gets attention, but he knows it isn't right and looks at how he became the person he is.

Born Ugly by Beth Goobie. Shir tries to stay invisible, to fly under the radar, but the bullies still find her. Her only solace is drinking beer by the river and her delivery job. But she needs the beer too much, and discovers that her boss's kindness is because he's using her.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. Piddy's just trying to do well in school and at work and find her missing father. But Piddy's not Latin enough so Yaqui wants to kick her ass. Too bad Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is-- now her entire life is trying to avoid her.


Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Regina is top of the top, one of the mean girls who rule the school-- until she's the victim of rumors about her and her best friend's ex-boyfriend. Now she's at the bottom and her former friends are out for revenge.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King. Lucky's grandfather never came back from Vietnam, and his father never got over it. Lucky escapes his dysfunctional family and the school bullies by dreaming he's in Laos, with his grandfather.

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti. After her stepfather dies, Noelle and her mother find themselves in greatly reduced circumstances, leading to extreme bullying at her class-obsessed high school.

What are your must-reads about bullying?

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1 comment:

  1. Well, I was always partial to the bit in "The Silver Chair" where Jill and Eustace bring back resurrected royalty from another world to beat the bullies senseless with medieval weaponry, but I'm not sure if that would qualify :).


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