Bullying is a behavior that all too many children and teenagers experience. There are also adult victims of bullying in the workplace. It involves hurting, intimidating or embarrassing another person, usually one who cannot defend himself or herself. The perpetrators are sometimes victims themselves of bullying behavior in their families. This title, part of the “Straight Talk About…” series offers a discussion on both victims and perpetrators, stating that children who bully others often turn to criminal behavior as adults or become adult bullies. There are actions that can be taken and there are resources. The book advocates adult intervention if the situation is between children, but it also acknowledges that sometimes adults will not or cannot intervene. There is a section on the bystander effect and advice to all of us about what to do if you witness bullying. There are some problems with the book—the illustrations do not really contribute anything to the text and appear to be stock photos, and some of the terms highlighted in the text do not appear in the glossary. Other features include a bibliography, a glossary, a short index, and a list of common questions and answers. This is a superficial look at a complex topic and should not be the sole source in the library or classroom. Reviewer: Ellen Welty; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—These titles bring difficult topics to light by providing background information and advice. Following five or six brief chapters discussing the topic at hand, a closing chapter lists suggested actions for readers currently experiencing these tough situations. A "Hot Topics Q & A" spread speaks to more specific questions readers might have, while "Other Resources" lists appropriate websites and hotlines. Resources for both Canada and the U.S. are included, however, it is not always clear which resources are intended for which country. Stock photographs do little to enhance the texts, and although sources are included with boxes of additional information, no year is cited to determine the currency of the provided statistics. Glossary entries are misleading as terms are defined in the wrong context or omitted despite being highlighted in the text. A choppy, repetitive format makes the books difficult to read from cover to cover, and the information is too superficial to help anyone facing these situations. Serviceable overviews, but far better books on these topics are available. —Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ