16 August 2011

Dear Bully; Megan Kelley Hall

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their StoriesDear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have a feeling that educators will be encouraged to make this a Must Read for teachers and students - while I think it's a good idea, it won't stop bullying. The way these authors have (after the fact) confronted their bullies, or dealt with the pain and the situation while they were being bullied will resonate with those who are in the same position; those that are doing the bullying probably won't see themselves in these portraits (although they may see themselves as being bullied, which is often the case). It might be better to choose a few to use as writing prompts for everyone to talk about what their pain is, but make it anonymous so as to protect everyone.

For adults, I think many of us will recognize either ourselves or people we knew in these portraits. A little reflection is never a bad thing.

ARC provided by publisher.

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