One of my reading goals this summer is to read and select some books about bullying—both the cyber sort and the in-person attacks. I hope to recommend two bully-themed books per month in the 2013-14 school year.
This is going to be my “Ontario Teens Read” for 2013-14.
If you want to read some of the bullying books this summer before we start the “Ontario Teens Read 2013-14,” below are titles I’m considering.
We’ll begin the school year with a few that we’ve already been talking up for a while—they have become popular on my campuses, but if you haven’t read them, you might start here:
(Mature teens only—read the review!—cyberbullying by a sexual predator—the horrible, lasting effects of having the wrong things posted online!)
A new book I want to pair with Thirteen Reasons is:
I Swear by Lane Davis
It’s similar, but the students who pushed the girl too far are trying to cover up their responsibility.
Other bullying books we’ve talked up in the past:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Others I’m considering–some new, some tested and loved, some intense reads, some for reluctant readers–all got good reviews.
There are more than I can feature in a year. If you want to read a few and let me know what you think, I’d appreciate it very much!
The List by Siobhan Vivian
The Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
Promises to Keep by Paul Langan
Playground by 50 Cent
The Beckoners by Carri Mac
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Brutal by Michael B. Harmon, Michael B.
Burn : A Novel by Suzanne Phillips
By the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Ann Peters
Cracked by K. M. Walton
Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi
Dough Boy by Peter Marino
Dumped by Meredith Costain
Egghead: A Novel by Caroline Pignat
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner
Names will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff
Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss
Teen Queens and Has-beens by Cathy Hopkins
What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
Who I Am by M. L. Rice
Send by Patty Blount
Playground by 50 Cent
Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
Beaten by Suzanne Weyn
I’ll decide on titles as the school year progresses, but I’m still in the selection stage. Any of these would make a great summer read.