Next week, Sarah Churchill will be hosting the second annual Anti Bullying Readathon. I participated last year as well, and really enjoyed it. As a teacher, bullying has continued to be an important topic for me that I unfortunately encounter far too often in the schools where I work. This readathon gives participants an opportunity to share personal stories of bullying and to spend the week choosing a variety of books featuring bullies and bullying to read and discuss.
I’ve gathered a stack of books I own that involve bullying. Based on my reading over the past couple months, I don’t anticipate getting through all of these, but I plan to read at least three.
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
- I Swear by Lane Davis
- Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
- Winger by Andrew Smith
- Wonder by RJ Palacio
If you’d like more information or want to find out how you can participate yourself, watch Sarah’s video at the end of the post and check out the Anti Bullying Week Readathon group on Goodreads. The Goodreads page has a huge list of books to choose from if you need ideas. Here are a few that I recommend:
This is one of my all-time favorite books.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown 5/5 stars
From Goodreads: Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 4/5 stars
From Goodreads: Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 5/5 stars
From Goodreads: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio 4/5 stars
From Goodreads: A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.
What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?
When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.
But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”
Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?
Are you planning to participate? What will you be reading?