Confessions of a Former Bullyby Trudy Ludwig, Beth Adams
After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the… See more details below
After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tools they can use to identify and stop relational aggression.
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"This fictional cure will resonate with its intended audience."
Review, Book Faerie.com, August 9, 2010:
"This book is written for children ages 7-11, but the life skills are applicable to all. Help your child learn about bullying and how to protect themselves from it by sharing this book with them."
Review, Booklist, September 1, 2010:
“…many children looking for practical advice on bullying will find this journal more thought-provoking, practical, and readable than many nonfiction books on the subject.”
Review, School Library Journal:
"…the language and casual writing style are age appropriate…The advice is sound and there are specific examples that will be helpful….Further reading for children and adults, as well as the websites listed at the end of the book, are useful resources."
Review, Publishers Weekly:
“Ludwig packs a lot of expertise and teachable moments into these pages.”
Review, Children’s Book Review:
“After five books, Ludwig has become much beloved by kids, parents and teachers. [Confessions of a Former Bully] is chock-full of helpful information, charts, ‘Quick Facts,’ reflections and revelations. This book will be a sought after resource in both the home and the school library.”
Review, Midwest Book Review:
"An absolute ‘must-have’ for elementary, middle school, and public library collections.”
Review, The Children's Book Review:
"Confessions of a Former Bully teaches us how to disarm the bully by taking the power and the fun out of bullying. Best of all the reformed bully is not vilified but respected for her courage to change....a sought after resource in both the home and the school"
"This book should be required reading for children and their parents!" —Patti Kelley Criswell, author of American Girl's Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends and Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them
"Confessions of a Former Bully is unmatched in providing effective tools for girls and boys in every social role, whether they are instigators, targets, or bystanders." —Melissa Norman, founder & executive director of GirlCHARGE, Inc.
"Confessions of a Former Bully brings us into the mind and heart of a girl who bullies and shows us that change is possible." —Stan Davis, author of Empowering Bystanders and Schools Where Everyone Belongs
"Confessions of a Former Bully is a valuable resource for both the home and the classroom." —Sandra McLeod Humphrey, retired clinical psychologist, character education expert & children's author
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MY VERY IMPORTANT BOOK
I'm going to tell you what you need to know about bullying. I've even included stuff that kids who bully DON'T want you to find out. And believe me, I know what I'm talking about since I used to be one.
I stopped bullying with the help of our school counselor, Mrs. Petrowski. She must have spent a gazillion hours studying bullying because she knows so much about it. I never thought what I did to my friend Monica—giving her the silent treatment, telling her who she could be friends with, and not including her in games at recess—was bullying.
I was suprised to find out that it actually was.
One of the first things I learned was that bullying hurts everyone, even the kids who are bullying! That got me thinking: What's the point of doing something that ends up hurting ME in the end?
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Confessions of a Former Bully is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Gold Star Award Winner! When I saw this book being offered for review, I knew I had to have it. I teach fifth grade, and have had a lot of problems with bullying in my classroom. Once I received CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER BULLY, I read it in one sitting (although it is really short, so that isn't hard). I then read it to my class. Katie is a bully who gets called out on it by her principal and her parents. She has to face the consequences of her actions, and she decides to write this book to help others in the same situation. The story is written in a simple way that elementary students can understand. It doesn't pull any punches, but states both how it feels to be bullied and to be the bully. It also gives definite ways to defuse a bully, which I believe that my students will avail themselves of. This is an important book to be used by teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents. Bullying is destroying many children today, and we need as many tools as we can get. No one should ever be bullied, and everyone needs to know how to combat it.