ALA Booklist recommends!

Aug 2011. 384 p. HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99. (9780062060983). 302.3.
In brief, true stories about bullying victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, 70 children’s authors look back at what was often the hell of growing up, especially in junior high. In addition to the painful accounts of victims are stories about perpetrators that describe with candid honesty the rush of behaving badly. Many entries detail the guilt of the bystander who did nothing (“I watched. . . . I was quiet”). Jon Sczieska feels guilty about having been part of the “no-think group brain” in fifth grade, and coeditor Jones writes in free verse about being bullied for her speech defect before she grew up to lead a successful adult life. For many, “I wish I had . . .” sums up their messages of regret. A few stories have a heavy-handed tone, but readers probably won’t mind. With authority often turning a blind eye and cyber-bullying rampant, this timely collection is an excellent resource, especially for group discussion, and the appended, annotated list of websites and further reading extends its usefulness.
— Hazel Rochman

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