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A sequel to The New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me¸ this groundbreaking investigation walks down the hallways of today’s schools to find realistic solutions to the serious problem of bullying. Trusted advice on how educators, parents, and caregivers can prevent school bullying is weaved throughout the author’s own survival story as well as narratives from other victims of intimidation. Exposing weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the American educational system, this vital social ...
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A sequel to The New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me¸ this groundbreaking investigation walks down the hallways of today’s schools to find realistic solutions to the serious problem of bullying. Trusted advice on how educators, parents, and caregivers can prevent school bullying is weaved throughout the author’s own survival story as well as narratives from other victims of intimidation. Exposing weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the American educational system, this vital social critique shows how to help both bullies and victims change for the better, why traditional punishment is counter-productive, how to inspire compassion in the classroom, and how to discipline a child in ways that benefit self-esteem.
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School bullying is an age-old problem that has become a new-millennium epidemic. Even the American Psychological Association has identified it as "a frequent and serious public health problem." Jodee Blanco's autobiographical Please Stop Laughing at Me became a catalyst for student, parent, and teacher discussions. Her Please Stop Laughing at Us takes the discussion into school hallways and lunchrooms as Blanco grapples with real-world solutions as well as real-world experiences. A book for bullies, their victims, and adults who care.
Publishers Weekly

An entertainment industry publicist before becoming an antibullying crusader, Blanco (Please Stop Laughing at Me) was a victim of bullying from fifth grade through high school. For Blanco, bullying is a broad term-it's not "just the mean things you do, it's all the nice things you never do." For her, even the Columbine shootings were a result of students marginalized by bullying. She offers many stories of tearful children who have been the subject of abuse, and offers her own advice to thwart and/or deal with bullying, but in the end, she doesn't truly persuade readers that her remedies are effective. As an "Adult Survivor of Peer Abuse," her personal experience gives her all the insight she thinks she needs-it's only "clinical experts" who need theories and evidence ("there are clinical experts who might scoff at me for trying to give comfort and guidance"). She retells frequently the story of how she overcame-and forgave-her own bullies at her 20th high school reunion. Her former tormentors just seem to have decided to accept her after 20 years: a happy ending, but hardly a winning strategy for a troubled teen today. Blanco tells readers she has counseled countless students, victims and bullies alike, and while her stories are dramatic, neither the dialogue nor the instant results seem authentic. Readers looking for advice based on concrete fieldwork should turn to Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes. (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Orange County Parenting
Blanco's writing is brutally honest, courageous, and often leaves you thinking, `How could human beings treat each other this way?' But it also celebrates the efforts of countless teachers, students and parents who are inspiring change in their communities.
School Library Journal

Blanco, the author of Please Stop Laughing at Me, is back-full of herself, proud of all she has become, anxious to share her story with the world, and ever mindful of her terrible life as a bullied teenager. Readers familiar with her earlier book will remember how she obsessed about not being in the popular crowd, had breast surgery at 16, drove her dad's company car to school, and, again, worried incessantly about being unpopular. In this sequel, Blanco recounts her (mostly pro bono) speaking engagements all over the country, her one-on-ones with downtrodden students, and her phenomenal success at getting her message heard. "I feel proud I was able to overcome my fears," she writes; "I...was wanting a normal life...not jetting from exotic location to exotic location hobnobbing with the powerful and elite all day." Had Blanco shared solid, usable advice for bullying situations (e.g., don't ignore it; teasing should not be regarded as a normal part of growing up), parts of this book could have been valuable. And if she were to write with correct grammar, it could have been readable. However, like her previous book, this one is only about Blanco. Please stop being so impressed with yourself, Jodee! Not recommended.
—Linda Beck Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933771298
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 443
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodee Blanco is the author of "The New York Times" bestselling memoir, "Please Stop Laughing at Me," She is also a youth advocate and the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed, "It's NOT Just Joking Around!" anti-bullying program. She lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Dedication     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction     xiv
The Wounded Healer     1
The Rebirth     15
Learning to Walk in Different Shoes     31
The Adult Survivor?     53
The Real Versus The Surreal     67
Out of Control     85
The Little General     101
It's Not Just Joking Around!     113
Revelations     139
A Twist of Fate     151
A Soldier Returns to the Place of Battle     183
Our Maiden Voyage     201
Everything Old Is New Again     237
An Unexpected Epiphany     265
The Toughest Audience of All     281
If They Would Have Known Then     303
The Moment of Truth     331
Desperate Parents     351
Slammed     379
The Wounded Healer Reconsiders     389
Dorothy's Rainbow     399
Publisher's Note     411
Addendum     413
Author Q&A     424
About Jodee Blanco     427
Glossary of Key Terms     430
Letters     433
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    I bought this book in hopes that the author would redeem herself.

    I was disappointed. Ms. Blanco is no crusader of children. She is quite the opposite. She is a self absorbed spoiled person who only uses the children and their very real issues to boost her already over blown ego. If you need proof, take a look at her acknowledgements and dedications. Nowhere mentioned in the countless name dropping is there any hint of her appreciation for those that shared their stories and to whom this book is supposed to be about. Which leads me to believe that the retelling of the children she claims to have 'helped' are clearly either over exaggerated or just plain made up. Ms. Blanco was not at all interested in anything or anyone other than continuing the story of Jodee that she started in her first book. What adult would point the finger of fault and creates enemies of parents, school administrators, and teachers? Ms. Blanco wants us to believe that she is the only one who is able and willing to help. It is all a facade for publicity. It is my greatest fear that anyone reading Ms. Blanco's book for real guidance will be further damaged by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Truth Often Hurts!!

    I have known Jodee since her high school days and can vouch for the honsety of very word of here books. Jodee is a caring, sensitive and loving women who care deeply for the youth of today. She gave up a lucratine career to persue this passion. Her books a easy to read as she just tells it like it is and was. Jodee presented her seminar 'It's Not Just Joking Around' at our high school in Michigan and greatly accepted. She should get a resounding standing ovation for her work (she did at our school). Jodee spent one on one time with my granddaughter (made a special trip to Michigan). Yes, Jodee shares her guts both in the books and in person and this takes a special kind of person. It is a fact that we learn more from someone sharing themselves with us than preaching to us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    To anyone

    I peraonally know jodey and her mom cuz her mom is my neighbor and she gave me both books so u get to meet with jodey in a few weeks and she will help me with the bullyint at my school and btw she went to my school at sandburg high school when she was a kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Amazing book

    This book is so eye opening! Both of these books are great reads for children and adults. It hasn't changed since Jodee was in school and bullies remain even through adulthood. Her story is inspiring to all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    gl hater

    Your first book sucked quit crying and stop streching your hate on society by telling children to fix them selves with plastic surgery and changing school

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    You do not have peace within GL Hater

    Hey GL Hater: You must have been a bully. No wonder you have such scathing reviews for those who try to help the ones who need it. If you have better answers for a legitimate problem, state them with articulateness and back those statements. Until then, keep your own misery to yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    gl hater

    You yourself seem to be fill with so much hate that your comments seem to cry for help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Hits the mark again

    Jodee Blanco hit it right out of the park her first time at bat, and she follows it with another home run. The biggest fact of life is that no one can tell the story quite like the person who lived it, and Jodee gets her message across as well as it could be stated. You don't have to be a former bully or a former target of peer pressure or abuse to understand this book, or to see the need for it in society. Both of her books should be required reading for all high school students.

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