We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying
By author: Deborah Ellis
Debora Ellis knows how to listen, especially to kids. She presents their ideas with candor and honesty. The kids in her books each have something important to say. In this book about bullying, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW, KIDS TALK ABOUT BULLYING, the insights and information are important – and right on.
Bullying is a problem in schools and communities everywhere, rich and poor neighborhoods, private or public schools. Through her work with a community anti-bullying campaign, children’s author Deborah Ellis talked with students from middle grade through high school about their experiences with being a bully or being bullied.
The interviews are thoughtful, candid, and often describe harrowing accounts of “bullying 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 strategies and programs have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed. 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 to share with other parents, teachers and students. Interviews provide insights. Questions that follow interviews provide a format for continued discussion about how individuals and schools can create proactive strategies to deal with bullies and also the kids who are bullied. The problem of bullying is universal. If children are going to learn, explore and be creative, the least they need is a safe place, a safe school.
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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.”
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.”