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The Teen Central Anti-Bullying Movement: Books on Bullying


Welcome to our Books On Bullying reading list. It includes items from the Teen collection with some Adult titles and one very sentimental Children's favorite. We'd like this list to be as interactive as possible. Any good suggested additions will be considered and if appropriate added.

The Teen Central Digi Arts Projects and Workshop at Grand Central Library in partnership with Yianni Stamas and Lights Camera Read, has mainly been about developing our anti-bullying movement this spring and summer. We invite you to see what has been done so far by the young people participating on a totally voluntary basis and want you to be aware that more anti-bullying projects are being worked on — and will soon be featured on upcoming blogs and/or our website.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jane Asher

Hannah commits suicide and blames thirteen people who she considers responsible for her death. She leaves a message behind for them in the form of cassette tapes. 



By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Annie Peters

After a string of botched suicide attempts, Daelyn Rice broken beyond repair starts blogging on a website about a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten.


Stop Bullying Me! by Natsuho Shino

Our hero, Tomo acts a little differently from most kids and is the perfect target for Izumi, the student council vice president to bully. 



Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Regina is part of a mean girl clique until the Queen Bee's boyfriend tries to assault her. Somehow Regina gets blamed and becomes the clique's latest target.


Diary Of A Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Ernie an overweight high school student relies on his friend Will to watch his back- but after Will's brother dies, life changes for Ernie and and his friend. 



Playground by 50 Cent

The quiet loner 13 year old Butterball stuns his only friend Maurice when he attacks him with a sock full of batteries.


Freak by Marcella Fleischman Pixley

Miriam, poetic, smart and quirky, considered a freak by the popular girls in school, eventually explodes in anger in response to bullying and reveals an inner strenght she didn't know she possessed.



Don't Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer

Ishmael is sure he is being victimized by the worst bully in the school because of his name, but when a new boy arrives in school he shows Ishmael that things could be different.


Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Valerie and her boyfriend Nick make of a list of people they hate. When Nick brings a gun to school and starts shooting people on the list they made, Valerie must face the tragic aftermath.



Katman by Kevin C. Pyle

After Kit starts feeding stray cats, kids start calling him the local cat lady. After a Jess draws him an anime style avatar called Katman, Kit knows he can work his way around the local bullies.


Dear Bully edited by Megan Kelley Hall & Carrie Jones

70 young adult authors tell their stories about their experiences with bullies.



The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

This 1944 timeless classic is a tale about bullying that children and adults from any era can relate to.


Some other related titles

Please take a look at out our recent post about Shacara McLaurin, and our anti-bullying factsheet [PDF]. Embracing the ideas that talent alone is not enough & promote yourself by helping others — we are planning more digital projects for the fall, including building our anti-bullying movement. We welcome all teens, schools and after school groups — come join our effort. You get in touch through Facebook @ Teen Central or call 212-621-0676.


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