No One Needed to Know

No One Needed to Know

by D. G. Driver


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692829134
Publisher: D. G. Driver
Publication date: 01/15/2017
Pages: 138
Sales rank: 416,336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

D. G. Driver is an award-winning author of Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction and member of SCBWI. Her other books include Purple Dragonfly Children's Book Award winner Cry of the Sea, Whisper of the Woods, Echo of the Cliffs and Passing Notes. She also has short fiction in a number of anthologies and some nonfiction published under the name Donna Getzinger. She lives near Nashville and is a teacher in an inclusive classroom of typically developing and special needs children in an Early Intervention program. When she's not writing or teaching, she might be found singing and acting in a local community theater musical with members of her talented family.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents 1. It's Always "No" 1 2. Bullies 9 3. The Girls 13 4. Friday After 21 5. The Notes 29 6. My Turn to be Mean 35 7. At the Movies 43 8. Nowhere to Go 51 9. A Teenage Makeover 58 10. Not Like My Brother 65 11. Hiding 71 12. At the Dance 78 13. A Surprising Night 85 14. Monday Morning 96 15. What It's Like to be Special 106 16. Teaching and Learning 114 17. Someone Gets it Right 122 18. Yes 125 Author's Note and Resources 127

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PatriciaReding More than 1 year ago
No One Needed to Know, by D. G. Driver, opens when Heidi (who so wishes she’d been named something more fitting, like “Storm”), and her brother, Donald, engage in a make-believe battle on a “boat” set that sits in the midst of their local park. Right off, the reader learns something interesting about Heidi who, in response to Donald’s question about whether he’d stopped the bad guy, tells him, “No.” She can’t explain why her “impulse was always to turn him down,” yet it was. Soon, the reader discovers that Donald is not your “typical” 16-year old. Rather, his learning disability means that Heidi, his younger sister, is already ahead of him in some regards. Her awareness of that fact is growing in her pre-teen years, and with it comes her frustration with his behavior—behavior she cannot fully understand. Seeking to engage in more “grown-up” ventures, new troubles take hold for Heidi, as she discovers that Donald is bullied. In her attempts to help him, she too becomes a victim of harassment. Fortunately for the both of them, Heidi eventually provides the means for building a bridge toward understanding, for herself and for others. D.G. Driver offers middle grade readers a lesson in bullying in her award-winning, No One Needed to Know. Having been bullied herself as a girl—because she had a “differently-abled” brother—Driver quickly gets to the heart of the matter. When someone stands out as “different,” often others may not know how to speak, what questions to ask, or even how to act. Driver’s story illustrates for both the young and the not-so-young, that bullying is never acceptable, and that a better understanding will likely bring about better results.