Confessions of a Former Bully

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Here is a new title on an always timely subject that is done in the visual style of the ever popular, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Bullies come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders, and bullying takes many forms. This book presents a basic understanding of the subject along with ways to empower and teach children, teachers, and parents about dealing with bullying. Katie is a ten-year-old bully whose most recent incident may very well be her last. This time the adults have had enough and assign her three consequences. The first two are easily accomplished but the third one has her stumped: Figure out a way to make up for the hurt she has caused. Katie decides to turn her journal into a self-help book for kids about bullying. The text includes factoids, quotes, illustrations, and post-its, which enhance the attractive qualities of this must-have title for libraries. The journal-like format adds playfulness and realism to an otherwise serious topic. The author is able to incorporate definitions, examples, scenarios, and statistics about bullying into a kid-friendly picture book that can also be used as a teaching tool by educators and parents.  Library Media Connection (March/April 2011)

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