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Jack's friend Charlie seems to know how to get away with just about anything. Adults always back down when you say you're sorry. But does an apology count if you don't really mean it? Jack learns that the path to forgiveness isn't always the easiest. Includes afterword by apology-expert Dr. Aaron Lazare, M.D., note from author, and discussion questions.
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Overview

Jack's friend Charlie seems to know how to get away with just about anything. Adults always back down when you say you're sorry. But does an apology count if you don't really mean it? Jack learns that the path to forgiveness isn't always the easiest. Includes afterword by apology-expert Dr. Aaron Lazare, M.D., note from author, and discussion questions.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Trudy Ludwig's books beat with the authentic hearts of real children." -Stan Davis, author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs
Children's Literature - Sarah Nelson DeWald
Charlie, Jack's friend, has learned that one magic word can get him out of almost any jam. Now that Jack is friends with Charlie he is a "somebody" and Charlie says "Besides, it's no big deal, Jack. If you get caught, just say you're sorry." Even though it makes Jack feel bad, Charlie's flip and insincere apologies get by most people until Charlie ruins a classmate's science fair project and Jack stands by to watch. Jack and Charlie learn their lesson when a teacher makes them prove their apology by actually doing something. Ludwig delivers a story about real kids and real situations that happen everyday. The book is great for motivating children to think the sincerity of their words when making apologies or in their interactions with friends; but it also encourages adults to keep kids accountable for the authenticity of their words. Resources for adults within the book include: an afterword by a medical doctor and author of On Apology, a note from the author about suggestions in dealing with children and apologies, questions for discussion, and a list of Apology Do's and Don'ts. A true to life discussion starter at home or at school about the meaning of your words, the importance of real friendship, and the price kids pay for the chance to be cool.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Ludwig continues to tackle serious subjects in this follow-up to My Secret Bully (River Wood, 2003) and Just Kidding (Tricycle, 2006). Here she deals with the insincere apology. Jack's friend Charlie behaves badly all the time and gets away with it by saying he's sorry even though he clearly isn't. Jack doesn't like this about Charlie, but he does like how being the boy's friend makes him a "somebody." Then Charlie damages Leena's science-fair project, and she tells him that "Sorry doesn't cut it!" A teacher helps him understand that he has to make amends for the hurt and damage he has caused. With Jack's help, he fixes the project. In the end, Jack chooses Leena's company over Charlie's. An afterword on the importance of apology, an author's note, discussion questions, and "Apology Dos & Don'ts" are appended. The text is stilted and lacks an authentic age-appropriate voice. Manning's digital pastel-and-watercolor illustrations effectively capture the characters' myriad emotions and provide valuable support to the text. Purchase this title as need dictates.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582461731
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 120,093
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudy Ludwig

TRUDY LUDWIG, author of six books for children, has been profiled on national television, radio, and newsprint. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, she is a sought after speaker who collaborates frequently with organizations like The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First. Trudy's books have received the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the Cooperative Children's Book Center's "Best of the Best of the Year" award, and have been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Trudy is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact the Random House Speakers Bureau.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Not recommended

    There are girl bullies, too, you know. My granddaughter is one. I wanted the book to show both and it does not! I also wanted it to have less wording and easier for first time readers. I also received two books instead of one.

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