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Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Excellent, well-researched, and well-written book on an extremel

    Excellent, well-researched, and well-written book on an extremely timely topic. The author tells a compelling narrative, weaving in a ton of interesting sociological and psychological research. I would definitely recommend for parents, kids, teachers, and counselors - anything thinking about or struggling with the issue of bullying today. Don't write the book off if you don't fall into one of those categories, though - it has a lot to say about growing up in general, and I think would be interesting for anyone who appreciates well-researched, narrative nonfiction.. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    The book is written by a journalist, Emily Bazelon,  who is

    The book is written by a journalist, Emily Bazelon,  who is very passionate about the issues of bullying in American schools.  She  makes her own research into the three different stories of teenagers who became the victims of bullying. In the first story about Monique, Bazelon tries to draw attention to the negligence of adults, namely, the school and local district authorities of the fate of a seventh-grader  who suffers from systematic assults from her peers. The second part of the book tells the story of a homosexual boy, Jabob. Bazelon focuses on the cruelty of school children towards  children who don`t conform to the “normal” definition of gendder. In this chapter, the author also brings up another  incident of the LGBT bullying that turned out to initiate the anti-bulling law that has been adopted by most states. The last chapter  looks into the story of Phoebe, the victim of a notorious bullying case of a teenager who commited suicide arguably as a result of bullying. Here Bazelon discusses the most contradictory topics of suicide as a cause of bullying, the relevancy of court decisions and the gravity of cyberbullying. Moreover, Bazelon meets the Facebook employees to find out what social networks do to prevent bullying. Overall, the book is a very valuable source  of different aspects and perspectives on bullying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Excellent book

    Much needed insight and perspective. This is such a complex and difficult topic where the answers are never as simple as one might hope.

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