Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying

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Essays by teens address bullying: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers because the cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real—and the reactions of the writers are sometimes cringe-worthy, often admirable, and always believable. 

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Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any ...

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Overview

Essays by teens address bullying: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers because the cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real—and the reactions of the writers are sometimes cringe-worthy, often admirable, and always believable. 

Real Teen Voices Series
Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any teen reader who has faced bullying, anger, or stress. Each piece has been selected and edited to appeal to reluctant and emerging readers as young as seventh grade. Readers will be inspired by the writers’ courage and strength in working hard to overcome problems both large and small.

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“Teens from New York-based Youth Communication pen autobiographical essays about their struggles with bullies, anger about bad home situations and unfair treatment, and pressure to conform or be successful. While not graphic or overly profane, their well-written stories are often harrowing to read, with frank accounts of abuse, neglect, sexuality, and crushing loneliness . . . What is most striking . . . is the teens’ resilience as they seek aid, learn coping strategies, or find outlets for self-expression.”—School Library Journal

“This would be excellent for younger teens, as it presents the messages of be true to yourself, stand up for yourself, be yourself, and be kind . . . these are messages that need to be heard as early as possible.”—VOYA

“The authentic teen voices shine through, with appeal and value for a wide audience.”—Youth Today

VOYA - Sharon Martin
Vicious is written for teens by teens under the guidance of the writing program at Youth Communication. The stories are personal accounts of experiences with various kinds of bullying. In each story, the author recounts how the pain of the bullying became a learning and growing experience. Because of the experiences, individuals come to understand and appreciate their own personal differences, along with those of others. This title is perhaps best read in large segments. When read in bits and pieces, the voices come off as stilted and inconsistent. When read one after another, they blend together into a more cohesive unit. Foster homes and city streets feature prominently, but there is nothing objectionable here for younger readers. Bullying for some of these authors began in fourth grade and earlier. This would be excellent for younger teens, as it presents the messages of be true to yourself, stand up for yourself, be yourself, and be kind, in ways that will perhaps be more impressive to lower grades; and these are messages that need to be heard as early as possible. The title concludes with a short segment on how adults can help--which is inspirational and a sorely needed respite. This title has some general appeal: uplifting stories about overcoming bullying would interest anyone who has been touched by this issue. Ages 11 to 18.
Children's Literature - Jody Little
This compilation of essays on bullying was developed through a teen writing program at Youth Communication, a nonprofit educational publishing company. Essays reflect personal stories and offer thoughts and suggestions on why teens bully as well as ways to free oneself from being bullied and ridiculed. Several stories tell of situations in which being bullied led the person to get revenge, and in turn, become a bully him or herself. One bisexual girl writes about the importance of finding a supportive group. Another girl reminds readers that catcalls are harassment, a common form of bullying. The prevalence of cyber-bullying is mentioned often, and tips are provided on how to deal with this type of incident. Teen voices discussing situations that are common to many young adults make this collection of essays a powerful teaching and discussion tool in high school classrooms. Many essays are painful to read, but as a whole, they give readers a sense of hope and the assurance that they are not alone in their struggles to cope with bullying. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Teens from New York-based Youth Communication pen autobiographical essays about their struggles with bullies, anger about bad home situations and unfair treatment, and pressure to conform or be successful. While not graphic or overly profane, their well-written stories are often harrowing to read, with frank accounts of abuse, neglect, sexuality, and crushing loneliness. Vicious is the darkest of the three, focusing on the destructive results of cruelty. In contrast, what is most striking about Rage and Pressure is the teens' resilience as they seek aid, learn coping strategies, or find outlets for self-expression. Introductions and concluding sections provide general information and resources. Teens will identify with the writers, discover that their own problems are not unique, and be encouraged to find help, making these titles, particularly Rage and Pressure, solid choices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424132
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Series: Real Teen Voices Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 307,460
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Youth Communication is a New York–based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens. Its mission is to help marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing, so that they can succeed in school and at work and contribute to their communities.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

I Showed My Enemies—And Hurt My Friends, Too • Elie EliusAfter Elie fights his tormentors they stop picking on him, but he loses friends because he acts hard with everyone

Username: Hater • Kiara VenturaKiara and her friends learn how to triumph over cyberbullying and learn the importance of getting help from adults
The Walking Flame • Eric GreenEric still struggles to get along with people after being bullied in his youth
Fortress of Solitude • AnonymousTeasing drives the author away from her family
Feeling Different • Isiah Van BrackleIsiah feels distant from other kids and gets bullied incessantly—he protects himself by numbing his emotions
“Smut Page” Survivor • Destiny SmithDestiny understands the dangers of the Internet after her friend becomes the target of a “smut page”
Learning to Love My Hair • Charlene GeorgeWhen Charlene is teased for having short hair, she learns ways to cope
Gay on the Block • Jeremiyah SpearsJeremiyah is harassed for being gay, but he finds ways to maintain his self-worth
A Place to Belong • Lavell Pride
Lavell finds a supportive place that gives her the strength and courage to be herself

Standing My Ground • Xavier ReyesXavier won’t give in to the peer pressure at his group home
The Facebook Fight That Fractured My Face • Catherine CosmoA virtual feud becomes a little too real for Catherine when she’s attacked at a party
Always the Outcast • Christian PimentelChristian decides he’d rather be lonely than put up with mistreatment

Why Are Girls So Mean? • AnonymousThe writer and her clique of female friends engage in mean gossip about other girls—but she feels guilty about it and together they agree to stop
Standing Up to the Cyberbullies • Malik Frank, Breanna King, Angelica Sanchez, Linda SankatThe authors highlight people around the world who have gotten involved and taken action against cyberbullying

Caught Between Two Colors • Shaniqua SockwellShaniqua is teased at school for “acting white” because she gets good grades and has a big vocabulary

“Can I Holla Atcha?” • Allajah YoungAllajah feels degraded by the constant sexual harassment she experiences while walking down the street

Bad Boy Gets a Conscience • AnonymousThe writer feels powerful and respected when he torments and picks on other kids

The Very Lonely Bully • Avad RatliffAvad arrives in foster care at age 6 and expresses his hurt by bullying others
Teens Talk About Online Abuse • YCteen StaffTeen writers discuss their own experiences and views of abuse and bad behavior online

Vicious Cycles • Miguel AyalaMiguel interviews a therapist about the causes and effects of bullying

How Adults Can Help • Miguel AyalaTips on what adults can do to help stop bullying

About Youth Communication About the Editor

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