Sam is concerned about keeping things orderly and "cool" at school. She thinks people need to have a tough skin in order to fit in and withstand others’ meanness and lack of cooperation. Sam teases her free-spirited classmate Luisa and enlists a friend, Jayla, to help. But when Sam is confronted by a concerned teacher about her bullying, and Jayla turns on Sam and befriends Luisa, Sam begins to show some heart and rethink her treatment of others.
The Weird! Series
These three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Luisa describes being targeted by bullying in Weird! Jayla shares her experience as a bystander to bullying in Dare! And in Tough!, Sam speaks from the point of view of someone initiating bullying. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience, eventually learning how to face her challenges with the help of friends, peers, and caring adults.
Part of the Bully Free Kids™ line
About the Author
Erin Frankel has an M.A. in English education and is passionate about teaching and writing. She
taught ESL in Alabama before her recent move to Madrid, Spain, with her husband and three
daughters. Erin knows firsthand what it feels like to be bullied, and she hopes her stories will help
bring smiles back to children who have been involved in bullying. In her free time, Erin loves
hiking in the Spanish mountains and kayaking in her hometown of Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Paula Heaphy is a print and pattern designer in the fashion industry. She’s an explorer of all
artistic mediums from glassblowing to shoemaking, but her biggest love is drawing. She jumped
at the chance to illustrate her friend Erin’s story, having been bullied herself as a child. She lives
in Brooklyn, New York.