Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-Downs

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Did you know that there are kids out there who don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning because they know what going to school means for them?

• being teased and taunted ...
• being excluded and rejected ...
• being afraid that you’re going to be assaulted and possibly hurt…
• Sometimes it can even mean that you just can’t hang in there any longer, so you give up and take your own life.

If you are one ...

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Overview

Did you know that there are kids out there who don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning because they know what going to school means for them?

• being teased and taunted ...
• being excluded and rejected ...
• being afraid that you’re going to be assaulted and possibly hurt…
• Sometimes it can even mean that you just can’t hang in there any longer, so you give up and take your own life.

If you are one of the cool kids at school, this book is for you.
But if you’re not one of the cool kids, this book is especially for you.
Emerson Elementary isn’t a real school, but it could be your elementary school. And the students at Emerson aren’t real kids, but the problems they face are real, and so are the choices they make.
The Golden Rule is an old rule, but it's still a good rule to live by, and after reading this book, you may just possibly become a kinder, more compassionate human being, someone who treats others the way you want them to treat you.
So come along and join the students at Emerson Elementary and help them make some cool choices!

Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards -- 2008 Gold Recipient!

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"…a must-have book for anyone addressing the issue of bullying in our schools…Ms. Humphrey took her expertise, gained as a retired clinical psychologist who worked with troubled children, and put it to great use in writing this book…All I can say is: Where was this book when I was growing up?" -Children’s Book Review

"…is a well written work sure to find a place on the reading list of therapists, school counselors and classroom teachers…The book provides insights for parents regarding how and what their children may be facing as they attend school…excellent resource…highly recommended…5 stars." -Epinions.com/Molly’s Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591025696
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 133
  • Sales rank: 582,798
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey (Minnetonka, MN), a retired clinical psychologist, is a writer and consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation, which provides character education materials to grades K-8 throughout North America. She is the author of the highly praised If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do?, Dare to Dream!, and many other books focused on moral education for children.
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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popular

    Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-Downs 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, New York Times best-selling Author and; 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.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    Hot Issues, Cool Choices By Sandra McLeod Humphrey Prometheus Bo

    Hot Issues, Cool Choices By Sandra McLeod Humphrey Prometheus Books 133
    pages ISBN: 978-1-59102-569-6 PROMETHEUSBOOKS,com At the beginning of
    “Hot Issues, Cool Choices”, author Sandra McLeod Humphrey opens with a
    biblical quote: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”;
    (Luke 6:31 NIV). Such a simple solution to an ongoing problem. Yet
    parents, educators, young adults and bullied children know that it isn’t
    that easy. Bullying goes back as far as Cave Man times. The biggest,
    strongest (and often stupidest) have always picked on the smaller,
    weaker or different, often for no other reason than they can—feeding
    their own bruised egos like parasites. The increase of suicides caused
    by bullying led author Humphrey to offer a book written directly to
    children from grades K-8, that sets up short scenarios for the diverse
    types of bullying and other cruelties directed toward school children.
    Her book is not just geared to the bullied kids and the “cool’ kids, but
    is relegated to all of the problems children face in school. Kids will
    especially relate to the cartoon graphics within the book, showing the
    emotions on the faces of the children-anger, sadness, confusion and
    hurt. They may see themselves in many of these situations, but if they
    are hoping for an answer—which they’d probably not buy into, they won’t
    find it in the book. Rather, they are given five questions at the end of
    each story, requiring them to think about the best possible solution—no
    one answer is right for all children. The “What would you do?” questions
    are not easy. They do give the young readers a lot of choices and things
    to think about. Children who don’t bully can give some thought on how
    to choose not to hurt a classmate’s feelings or make a friend feel
    rejected or unwanted. Humphrey notes that while some bullies may be
    self-centered and spoiled, many others come from abused households and
    are bullied at home. She aims this animated page turner book at young
    children because this is usually the first time they enter into a
    societal hierarchy—and for them this book can be a survival kit. What
    does a nice boy like Eric, a sports enthusiast, do when Jeremy, whose
    interests lie in protecting the earth, asks if he can come to Eric’s
    Halloween Party? Eric is torn by not wanting to lose Jeremy as a friend
    or his sport’s buddies. Readers can try to find a viable solution to
    Eric’s problem. In her afterword, Sandra McLeod Humphrey discusses
    bullying at length and how children can be guided by teachers and
    parents in helping them deal positively with being left out or bullied.
    She feels that children’s school years should not be miserable and
    bullies need to understand that they don’t need cruelty, exclusion or
    violence to make them feel accepted. Once again, award-winning author of
    many children’s books, Sandra McLeod Humphrey, has written a
    well-researched in-depth book that should be required reading in schools
    and a tool for educators showing children how to find their way in the
    often biased, cruel world of schooling. Her follow-up to her beginning
    quote from the bible is perfectly summed up by her quote by Martin
    Luther King Jr.: “The time is always right to do what is right.”
    Reviewer: Micki Peluso, writer, journalist and author of . . . And the
    Whippoorwill Sang

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    The Golden Rule is an old rule but a good one to live by

    "You can be a part of the group if you ditch her." "I'm afraid to log on because I don't want to read what they are saying about me." "I hide until the coast is clear because they throw me into the trash can or locker." These are but a few things children say about their time at school. Bullies, peer pressure and popularity anxiety are prevalent in today's school; from elementary to high school. In "Hot Issues Cool Choices," we see these scenarios and the situations but we are also invited to think about them and how to best handle them. It is critical that teachers and parents understand what children endure on a daily basis and how to relate to those things. In "Hot Issues Cool Choices" teachers and parents are given a guide and a tool to allow them to talk with children. It is through this support and guidance that we help those being bullied and those that are bullies. Are you a bully? Are you a victim? Have you encountered a bully? How did you handle that situation? From the first word, Sandra McLeod Humphrey weaves a group of stories that are not only easy to connect with but thought provoking and instructional. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not too reflect on just how you would handle the multiple situations and environments offered with each scenario. The more you read the more you discover the importance to talk with children and make them aware that they are not alone and there is help. 'Hot Issues Cool Choices' is not only highly praised and critically acclaimed but it is also an award winner. It has been selected for the Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence, Young Voices Foundation Award, 2009 Award Winner Readers Favorite, and USA Book News Best Books Award Winner. This collection of short stories embodies the struggles, hardships and stresses that kids are exposed to. If you are a teacher, parent, instructor, teenager or a child in elementary school; this book should be on your desk or on your shelf. Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey, the author of 'If you Had to Choose, What Would You Do?,' now delivers the thought provoking 'Hot Issues Cool Choices.' This collection of stories will grab your attention and give you reason to talk to your children about bullies, peer pressure, popularity and put-downs. This is a cool book that I believe teens and adults alike will enjoy. You can learn more about this award winning author at her Goodreads Profile until her website redesign is complete. Title: Hot Issues Cool Choices Author: Sandra McLeod Humphrey ISBN: 978-1-59102-569-6 Genre: Self-help Pages: 133 Reviewed By: Brian Knight Official Premium Promotional Services Rating: 4- Star

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Award Winning and Fun

    The Golden Rule is an old rule but a good one to live by. "You can be a part of the group if you ditch her." "I'm afraid to log on because I don't want to read what they are saying about me." "I hide until the coast is clear because they throw me into the trash can or locker." These are but a few things children say about their time at school. Bullies, peer pressure and popularity anxiety are prevalent in today's school; from elementary to high school. In "Hot Issues Cool Choices," we see these scenarios and the situations but we are also invited to think about them and how to best handle them. It is critical that teachers and parents understand what children endure on a daily basis and how to relate to those things. In "Hot Issues Cool Choices" teachers and parents are given a guide and a tool to allow them to talk with children. It is through this support and guidance that we help those being bullied and those that are bullies. Are you a bully? Are you a victim? Have you encountered a bully? How did you handle that situation? From the first word, Sandra McLeod Humphrey weaves a group of stories that are not only easy to connect with but thought provoking and instructional. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not too reflect on just how you would handle the multiple situations and environments offered with each scenario. The more you read the more you discover the importance to talk with children and make them aware that they are not alone and there is help. 'Hot Issues Cool Choices' is not only highly praised and critically acclaimed but it is also an award winner. It has been selected for the Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence, Young Voices Foundation Award, 2009 Award Winner Readers Favorite, and USA Book News Best Books Award Winner. This collection of short stories embodies the struggles, hardships and stresses that kids are exposed to. If you are a teacher, parent, instructor, teenager or a child in elementary school; this book should be on your desk or on your shelf. Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey, the author of 'If you Had to Choose, What Would You Do?,' now delivers the thought provoking 'Hot Issues Cool Choices.' This collection of stories will grab your attention and give you reason to talk to your children about bullies, peer pressure, popularity and put-downs.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Award Winning and Fun

    The Golden Rule is an old rule but a good one to live by. "You can be a part of the group if you ditch her." "I'm afraid to log on because I don't want to read what they are saying about me." "I hide until the coast is clear because they throw me into the trash can or locker." These are but a few things children say about their time at school. Bullies, peer pressure and popularity anxiety are prevalent in today's school; from elementary to high school. In "Hot Issues Cool Choices," we see these scenarios and the situations but we are also invited to think about them and how to best handle them. It is critical that teachers and parents understand what children endure on a daily basis and how to relate to those things. In "Hot Issues Cool Choices" teachers and parents are given a guide and a tool to allow them to talk with children. It is through this support and guidance that we help those being bullied and those that are bullies. Are you a bully? Are you a victim? Have you encountered a bully? How did you handle that situation? From the first word, Sandra McLeod Humphrey weaves a group of stories that are not only easy to connect with but thought provoking and instructional. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not too reflect on just how you would handle the multiple situations and environments offered with each scenario. The more you read the more you discover the importance to talk with children and make them aware that they are not alone and there is help. 'Hot Issues Cool Choices' is not only highly praised and critically acclaimed but it is also an award winner. It has been selected for the Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence, Young Voices Foundation Award, 2009 Award Winner Readers Favorite, and USA Book News Best Books Award Winner. This collection of short stories embodies the struggles, hardships and stresses that kids are exposed to. If you are a teacher, parent, instructor, teenager or a child in elementary school; this book should be on your desk or on your shelf. Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey, the author of 'If you Had to Choose, What Would You Do?,' now delivers the thought provoking 'Hot Issues Cool Choices.' This collection of stories will grab your attention and give you reason to talk to your children about bullies, peer pressure, popularity and put-downs.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    A Must For All Kids & Parents!

    As the parent of a child who was once bullied, I can say that this book should be read by every child and parent of children from grammar school through junior high. Sandra does a masterful job of handling a subject that is too often downplayed as "part of growing up". At its worst, being bullied can psychologically damage a child. Even at its best, being the victim of a bully leads to poor academic performance, as well as anxiety and even physical illness. This book helps open the door to conversations between parents and their children and helps kids learn how to make the best choices for themselves. A must-have addition to every kids' library.

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

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    Helping Children Find Themselves

    Sandra McLeod Humphrey has a firm hold on the varieties of children's behavior patterns and in this excellent 'learning manual' she shares with both children and adults as well many instances where a child's self worth is threatened and follows each instance with some cogent questions to involve the reader in completing the concepts she has begun. Her method of 'teaching' is to provide little vignettes of the children who attending a typical school, here called Emerson Elementary. By making each idea take the form of a child in the named incident she makes it very easy to pass her concepts along a path of learning and acceptance.

    Some of the concepts she covers in chapter + quiz format include social manipulation, ridicule, compassion, peer pressure, physical aggression, harassment, cyber-bullying, humiliation, exclusion, and even suicidal thoughts. Humphrey manages to convey her lessons in the language appropriate to the children and adds significant punch to her point by the wise choice of incorporating the fine drawings of Brian Strassburg to illustrate situations and reactions. The problems she raises (her subtitle of 'Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-Downs') are those encountered daily in our elementary schools. This little book would do well to be placed in the offices of all counselors, teachers, and yes - available to students and parents. Humphrey, with Strassburg's assistance, has created an invaluable manual for explaining behavior patterns and for learning to live life by The Golden Rule. This is a fun little book and a very wise one!

    Grady Harp

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