Please Stop Laughing at Me

By Jodee Blanco
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Rated by Diane H.
Jun 29, 2015

Bullying is a sad fact of many children’s lives. Some adults like to dismiss school bullying as kids just being kids, a normal part of growing up. For those who are bullied, life is anything but normal—becoming a tortuous, unbearable place with no one and nowhere to turn to for relief.

Jodee Blanco writes an unflinching account of her middle- and high-school years, replete with heartbreaking tales of assault, both verbal and physical. While wanting the best for her, Jodee’s parents added to her distress. They, along with teachers, principals, and counselors, placed the blame for Jodee’s

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

By A.S. King
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Rated by Chris K.
Mar 25, 2015

Now Charlie’s dead and I’m here in the kitchen—on my way to school, and then to work. It’s my senior year and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am motherless, and in the last year, I lost my best friend twice, fell in love with a guy I shouldn’t have (twice), got beat up by a skinhead Nazi, and had things thrown at me, including beer cans, money, and dog shit.


By Amanda Maciel
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Rated by Kate M.
Jul 3, 2014

Another beautiful, intelligent, sensitive teenager has killed her self. The media blames the bullies at Emma Putnam's new school that refused to accept her, that kept her on the fringe. The used words like slut and whore, they left notes and signs on her locker, they found her on social media...they drove her to suicide.

But that is just one side of the story.

Sara Wharton's life came crashing down the day Emma committed suicide. Identified as one of the bullies, Sara faces some very serious charges in court. But it wasn't her fault, Emma wasn't exactly nice to her, and even though Sara and

Eleanor & Park

By Rainbow Rowell
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Rated by Kate M.
Jun 19, 2013

Set in 1986, this story is filled with acid-wash, walkmans and punk music. Eleanor just doesn’t fit in, her red frizzy hair and eclectic wardrobe choices make her stand out like a sore thumb. Park’s goal is to fly under the radar, never at the bottom of the social ladder, but with no ambitions to climb to the top, he strives for mediocrity. But Park stands out when Eleanor climbs onto his bus one morning. With nowhere else to sit, Eleanor and Park become unwilling bench-mates. Over time, and without speaking the two begin to get to know each other. Eleanor reads comics over Park’s shoulder

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Feb 27, 2013

Chelsea has always had a problem keeping her mouth shut and loves to gossip. She can’t help it. Once she hears something, without ever thinking twice, she must tell it to someone. She is part of the popular crowd, attending all the school parties with the most revered kids at school. Karma catches up to her when, drunk at a party, Chelsea inadvertently catches two boys in a compromising position while trying to find a bathroom. In shock and having drunk way too much, she runs downstairs and spills a secret that will create an almost unstoppable wave of destruction. Her revelation leads to an

Jun 29, 2011

An offshoot of their YouTube video project with more than 6000 video testimonials, Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s It Gets Better is a timely collection of original essays from a wide range of voices urging teens not to give up or give in to bullying.  This collection includes essays from President Obama, Bishop Gene Robinson, Suze Orman, Prime Minister David Cameron, Ellen Degeneres, as well as authors, soldiers, rabbis, musicians and other compassionate people who were moved by the rash of youth suicides from last year.  The essays range from bittersweet, shocking, happy or humorous, but all

Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Jan 13, 2011

 “Teen Suicide Tragedies Deadly Bullying - At least three teens, tormented by classmates have taken their own lives in the past month.  Why did this happen, and how can it be stopped.”  The cover of October 18, 2010’s issue of People Magazine caught my attention, so I read the inside story.  “He thought he was just being funny and cool, but then Daniel Harrison realized the true consequences of his ugly behavior.”  He had just finished reading one of Ben Mikaelsen’s books, Touching Spirit Bear. ““It was just perfect timing to read that book,” he says of the story about an angry teen who