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Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    This book contains powerful letters, stories, poems and artistic

    This book contains powerful letters, stories, poems and artistic renderings from those who are bullied, those who bully and those who helplessly stand by. It is a book that every middle and high school student, teacher and parent, should be required to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Wow. What an incredibly heart-wrenching book. Bullying Under Att

    Wow. What an incredibly heart-wrenching book. Bullying Under Attack not only addresses the issue of bullying from the perspective of those receiving the abuse, but also those doing it. In addition, the bystanders who did and did not have the courage to help or chose to add to the problem by joining in the "fun" share their stories as well. One of the most interesting things about the book is that it pretty much has something for everyone. It's not delivered in lecture form, as many non-fiction books about bullying are; you get to read the true stories of those who have lived it. This book has a high language content rating, but it is due to many victims mentioning the names they were called. Don't, however, think this is a depressing book. While it is difficult to get through at times, it's also enlightening and empowering. The incredibly brave teenagers who share their stories are amazing and this will be a life-changing read for many. I highly recommend this top-notch book to everyone ages 14+.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

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    Every book has it¿s purpose.  Whether it¿s to entertain, distrac

    Every book has it’s purpose.  Whether it’s to entertain, distract, teach, or serve as drink coaster.  Sometimes it’s not until you’re halfway through a book that you realize what purpose the book you’re holding will serve.  It was in the “Foreward” section of the Bullying Under Attack, contributed by John Halligan, that I realized the true purpose of this non-fiction book.

    First, let me share with you a little about this book.  Being the mother of a high-functioning autistic child, I know he’s got a tough road ahead of him.  I’ve worked in an elementary school lunchroom and I work often in the children’s room at our library.  I’ve seen how cruel young children can be without even knowing they are doing it.  My son is no exception and I hope to educate him to treat everyone how he himself would want to be treated.  I just imagine what life for my son will be like when he gets older.

    And that brings me to why this book is so unique.  It contains stories not just from the side of the person being bullied.  It also contains stories and perspectives told by those watching on the sidelines and from the bullies themselves.

    In the Introduction of the book, the editor(s) explains how this book came to be.  In brief, there was a contest held by Nicholas Kristof, a columnist at the New York Times.  He had written an article about bullying and then ran a national contest, looking for submissions from teens about their experiences with bullying.  Together with Teen Ink (a magazine and website completely devoted to teen writing, art, and forums) they compiled the best works to put into a book.

    This anthology is organized brilliantly.  There are eight chapters, each dealing with one aspect of bullying, whether it’s surviving bullying, cyber bullying, or diversity.  It’s all organized well.  Within those chapters, there are multiple works ranging from essays, poems, and even works of art and photography (truly amazing!).  Each of these individual works could be written from the point of view of the victim, the bystander, or the bully themself.  Some are written in the moment. Some are looking back in time.

    I was just blown away by the voices I read in these pieces.  Both heart breaking and inspirational.

    Not to leave it just at that, this anthology ends with a great summary written by Dr. Ramani Durvasula.  In it, she summarizes the state of bullying today and ways (or clues) that parents/families/teachers can seek to identify early problems in a child’s life.

    There’s also a fabulous section with tons of links for online resources for help with bullying.

    Not to be too obvious but to bring it all back around to the purpose of this book…  it’s certainly not to be the drink coaster under a can of soda. 

    I truly believe this book should be available in every library, whether it’s a school library or public library.  To have a book like this that a teen can go to, open up, and read stories written by fellow teens, IN THEIR OWN WORDS, I believe is a huge comfort to those kids wondering what to do when they are dealing with a bully in their life.  They could show the book to their parents.  They could use the online resources in the back.  As the bystander, they could just hand it to a victim.  The uses are endless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    I received this as an ARC from Netgalley and would actually give

    I received this as an ARC from Netgalley and would actually give it 4.5 stars based on B&N ratings.

    As a parent, I was very excited to read this book. It is a compilation of stories written by, as the title suggests, teen victims, bullies and bystanders. Though a majority of the stories are from the victims. I liked how it is broken down by themes for each chapter, and the focus on topics such as homosexuality and race and ethnic relations. I liked how all of the stories are based on personal experiences of teens and it was refreshing to understand what goes on in the minds of teens as they learn to navigate bullying.

    As an educator I was excited to read something that spoke from the words of those experiencing bullying, but I wanted more. I know there are books out there on bullying from an academic perspective and this book was not intended to fall in that vein, which I appreciate. What I wanted more of were stories from the bullies themselves. Why they bullied, how to help them prevent bullying, insight on bringing about social change. While there were a few stories of bullies, I thought their voice was underrepresented. Having more of the bully's voice would have tipped it to a 5 star.

    This is a book that I would recommend all parents read, as well as teens and tweens, sooner than later. And I appreciate the list of resources as well as the biographies of the contributors. Perhaps there will be a second edition? That includes more stories from the bullies and bystanders? Not that the victim's stories aren't powerful or important, because they are, but I was hoping to understand how to prevent bullying from even happening, or once it is happening, what proves successful in stopping the bullying? These types of questions still linger...though we get a glimpse as to why some bullies bully. Which I also appreciate.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Via NetGalley, I received a copy of this book from HCI Books for

    Via NetGalley, I received a copy of this book from HCI Books for the purposes of reading and reviewing it. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

    As a martial arts instructor to children and youths, bullying is very much on the forefront of my areas of interest. Not just how to protect yourself from and handle bullies in a non-violent manner, but also how to prevent our youngsters from becoming bullies in the first place.

    This book is an outstanding collection of prose and poetry written by teens. As the cover states, the stories are told by victims, former bullies and even bystanders. Not all of them are happy endings, but all of them are a message a hope. The victims may not have reached of point of power where the bullying is non-existent or doesn’t bother them anymore, but sometimes a glimpse of hope is all it takes.

    I was also pleased to see a couple stories from bystanders who readily admit they did nothing to stop a bullying situation. But by acknowledging it, they are putting themselves on notice to not let it happen again, which is still a positive step.

    The editors have included an extensive collection of books, websites, organizations and resources to help. Can’t put enough weight on how those resources might be able to help someone someday.

    My favorite excerpt had to the the following, which encapsulates all you need to know, regardless of which side of the bullying coin you fall:

    “Define yourself. Be yourself. Love yourself.”  – Elana Burack

    Yeah. Exactly.

    Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

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    If You Can Read, You MUST Read This!

    Bullying is a deep-rooted and complex problem that has saturated the halls of our learning institutions like venom. It isn't new, but it is finally being addressed as a true problem, as opposed to being a "nuisance problem" and part of growing up. Bullying Under Attack is the a compilation of the "success" or "survivors'" stories of teens living through the torment and pain.

    My deepest congratulations to these survivors, I know what they went through and how difficult it is to come out the other side, reasonably intact. My biggest concern is that it took the loss of someone close to bring this book together and give these kids a chance to purge their demons, voice their thoughts, which they have done concisely and with obvious emotional investment. Well Done!

    Bullying Under Attack is beyond eye-opening, beyond painful to read. It never should have been necessary. PERIOD. That said, this book should become part of the school required reading, followed by discussion and the opportunity for bystanders, victims and the bullies to put pen to paper as an assignment, the results cut be a revelation for many!

    I received this ARC edition in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley and HCI Books.

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    Posted October 1, 2013

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