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Teen books about dealing with bullying

Adam Canfield, watch your back! [electronic resource]

by Michael Winerip

When some high-school kids mug him for his snow shoveling money, middle-grader Adam Canfield, star reporter of The Slash, is embarrassed when the media shares his story and his co-editors plan a contest to "out" bullies in their school. Reprint.

The beckoners [electronic resource] : Library Edition

by Carrie Mac

When Zoe moves to a new town, she finds the line between victim and tormentor is easily crossed

Boy girl boy

by Ronald Koertge

Larry, Teresa, and Elliot, three troubled high school seniors who plan to run away together from Illinois to California after graduation, try to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Reprint.

Buddha boy

by Kathe Koja

Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call "Buddha Boy," and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school. Reprint.

The bully

by Paul Langan

After Darrell Mercer and his mother move from Philadelphia to California in the middle of the school year, the ninth-grader quickly becomes a target for the freshman class bully, Tyray Hobbs

Bullyville [electronic resource] : Baileywell Preparatory Academy

by Francine Prose

After his father dies in the attack on 9/11 and he is given a scholarship to an elite private school, Bart Rangely feels that his future is about to change for the better, but bullying ways and terrorizing tactics at his new school make the following year an ongoing nightmare that is just too much to handle. Reprint.

Burn : a novel

by Suzanne Phillips

As he is bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron's anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences

But I love him

by Amanda Grace

Traces, through the course of a year, Ann's transformation from a happy A-student, track star, and popular senior to a solitary, abused woman whose love for the emotionally-scarred Connor has taken away everything--even herself


by Erin Jade Lange

Expecting insults and indifference when he announces to his classmates that he is going to eat himself to death live and online for everyone to watch, a lonely obese boy receives morbid encouragement for his dark plan by enthusiastic peers and wonders if he will be able to count on their support if he changes his mind. A first novel.

By the time you read this, I'll be dead

by Julie Anne Peters

High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out


by James Preller

Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers that there are consequences to taking a stand against the bully at his new school, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution

Charlie's story

by Maeve Friel

After being abandoned by her mother at the age of four, living for ten years with her somewhat distracted father in Ireland, and being mercilessly bullied by her cruel classmates, Charlie Collins almost gives up on life

Cracked [electronic resource]

by K. M. Walton

When Bull Mastrick and Victor Konig wind up in the same psychiatric ward at age 16, each recalls and relates in group therapy the bullying relationship they have had since kindergarten as well as facts about themselves and their families that reveal how much they have in common. A first novel.

Crazy beautiful

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a girl whose mother has recently died form a connection when they meet on their first day as new students

Crossing lines [electronic resource]

by Paul Volponi

Enjoying his popularity and relationship with a pretty girlfriend, Adonis is a member of the football team that begins harassing Alan, a gay student; but when the team plots a dangerous prank to play on Alan, Adonis must decide whether to follow the herd or do what's right. By the award-winning author of Hurricane Song.

The dark days of Hamburger Halpin

by Josh Berk

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a football player in his class

Defying the diva [electronic resource]

by D. Anne Love

When her gossip column causes the school's biggest bully, Camilla Quinn, to harass her mercilessly, Haley Patterson finds herself alone in the world, but a summer job and new friends reinvigorate her and give her the strength she'll need to give Camilla the comeuppance she deserves the next time they meet.

The devil's toenail : A Novel

by Sally Prue

When he finds a strange weathered stone on the beach, thirteen-year-old Steve decides to pretend that it has mysterious powers that can protect him from bullying and can help him impress the gang he wants to join.

Dog sense [electronic resource] : a novel

by Sneed B. Collard

After he and his mother move from California to Montana to live with his grandfather, thirteen-year-old Guy gradually adjusts to the unfamiliar surroundings, makes a friend, and learns to deal with a bully, with the help of his Frisbee-catching dog, Streak

Don't call me Ishmael [electronic resource]

by Michael Gerard Bauer

Believing that his name is responsible for his "loser" status, fourteen-year-old Ishmael Leseur, blaming his parents for his unpopularity since they named him, is delighted when a new kid arrives at school who seems to register even higher on the loser scale than he does.

Dough Boy

by Peter Marino

Overweight, fifteen-year-old Tristan, who lives happily with his divorced mother and her boyfriend Frank, suddenly finds that he must deal with intensified criticism about his weight and other aspects of his life when Frank's popular but troubled, nutrition-obsessed daughter moves in

The downside of being Charlie [electronic resource]

by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Struggling through a senior year of high school marked by bulimia, a dysfunctional family and his enduring unpopularity as a former plus-sized kid, Charlie shares a locker with a rabid Lord of the Rings fan and wonders about the beautiful girl on whom he has a crush while finding comfort in a talent he hopes will help him escape his misery. Original. A first novel.

The dream where the losers go

by Beth Goobie

While in a treatment center for her self-destructive outbreaks, Skey finds comfort in her imaginary world of dark tunnels where others like her roam in similar despair, but Skey's life takes a turn for the worst when she begins to realize her fellow dreamers are causing her more harm than good. Original.


by Nancy Garden

Moving to a new town, fifteen-year-old Gray Wilton believes that his days of torment are over, but when he becomes the focus of the bullies at his new school, his personal frustrations mount and soon feels only one deadly solution, involving his father's handgun, will work to resolve all his problems. 25,000 first printing.

Everybody sees the ants : a novel

by A. S. King

Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, he finds a new perspective


by Patricia Murdoch

Frustrated with being constantly bullied, Julie decides to get her revenge by taking compromising photos of her tormentor, but when the initial success of her plan takes an unexpected wrong turn, Julie must decide whether to be the bigger person and do what she knows is right with the evidence she has gathered. Simultaneous.

Fat Angie

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Angie overeats to cope with the taunts of the ultra-mean girls, her attempted suicide in front of a packed gym, and the status of her captured war-hero sister, until KC Romance comes to town and sees Angie for who she really is


by Marcella Fleischman Pixley

When her sister blossoms into a beautiful being and makes new friends, seventh grader Miriam is left alone to deal with her freak status and now must face the harsh criticism and teasing of the popular club whose merciless abuse pushes her to the breaking point.

Freak show

by James St. James

Being gay and a drag queen, Billy Bloom finds fitting in to his new conservative high school in Florida a challenge like none he's ever faced before and now must decide whether to adjust to the masses and fit in or stand-out and be true to himself despite the hardships he knows he will have to endure. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.

The girls

by Amy Goldman Koss

When girls want to be in a very exclusive middle school clique, they are at the mercy of popular, but dangerous Candace, who constantly tests their loyalty with games and tricks. Reprint.

The goats

by Brock Cole

Howie and Laura, two misfits among a camping group, are left on an island overnight as a practical joke but the pair escape during the night and are forced to lie, steal, and dodge the police as they search for safety

The guardian [electronic resource]

by Joyce Sweeney

When thirteen-year-old Hunter, struggling to deal with a harsh, money-grubbing foster mother, three challenging foster sisters, and a school bully, returns to his childhood faith and prays to St. Gabriel, he instantly becomes aware that he does, indeed, have a guardian

Indigo's star

by Hilary McKay

Fearful of facing the bullies of the Casson family upon returning to school from a long period of illness, Indigo finds support in his friend, Rose, his younger sister, and the unexpected friendship of a carefree American boy who decide to work together to put an end to all the bullying once and for all. An ALA Notable Children's Book. Reprint.


by Rita Williams-Garcia

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved

Keep holding on

by Susane Colasanti

Hiding the truth about her mother's neglect and the brutal bullying she endures at school, Noelle is terrified when her longtime crush starts returning her feelings, compelling her to face her fears. By the author of So Much Closer.

Kiss me kill me

by Lauren Henderson

While at an elite party filled with British socialites, sixteen-year-old Scarlett's dreams are fulfilled when she receives her first kiss from her major crush, but when he suddenly dies in her arms and rumors abound about her being the cause of his death, Scarlett is desperate to get to the bottom of the matter in order to clear her good name. Reprint.


by Joshua Cohen

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny

The list

by Siobhan Vivian

Enduring a cruel annual ritual through which an anonymous list is posted naming each grade's prettiest and ugliest girl, eight selected high school girls explore how they see themselves and each other. By the author of Not That Kind of Girl.

The Misfits
by James Howe

Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.


by Pat Schmatz

When Maxie’s best friend from elementary school returns years later after a horrible act of violence against him, Maxie feels guilty about how she treated him and conflicted over whether or not she wants to befriend him again.

Names will never hurt me

by Jaime Adoff

Offers a look at the life of four high-school students and the personal struggles they face, including Tisha, a girl who feels out of place because of her mixed race background, and Ryan, the star athlete who treats the school like his own personal kingdom. Reprint.

October mourning [electronic resource] : a song for Matthew Shepard

by Lesléa Newman

Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die

Out of Sight, Out of Mind - (Gifted. Volume 1) 
by Marilyn Kaye

Three students from Meadowbrook Middle School discover they have unusual abilities, including switching bodies, reading minds, and seeing the future

The outsiders [electronic resource]

by S. E. Hinton

The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society


by James Heneghan

Newly arrived from Ireland, Charley Callaghan is relieved when the school bullies stop picking on him and find a new target in Benny Mason, but when Benny doesn't defend himself and ends up committing suicide, Charley is overcome with guilt. Reprint.

Pieces of us

by Margie Gelbwasser

Experiencing respective challenges in the form of a parent's suicide, sibling abuse, perfectionist standards and devastating low self-esteem, four teens from two families share a Catskills summer during which they pretend to have different pasts and contemplate long-distance romances until a compromising secret is revealed. Original.

Poison ivy

by Amy Goldman Koss

In a government class, three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their ruthless bullying of a shy classmate, told in eight first-person narratives. Reprint.

Racing the past

by Sis Boulos Deans

After his cruel father's death, Ricky Gordon, still haunted by the brutal beatings and harsh arguments, realizes that he can no longer fight with the kids that torment him on the bus, and decides to run to school, which leads him on a new path of hope, in a dramatic story of determination and survival. Reprint.

by Patricia Murdoch

For most of her life, Julie felt powerless whenever Dana entered her space, whether it was inside or outside school. Dana thrived on making Julie feel less than human by subjecting her to vicious verbal comments that went beyond the normal high school taunts. Then it all changed when Julie sneaked into her brother's backpack and downloads photos of a sleazy party where Dana exposed more than personality. Now Julie has to decide how far she'll go to get even with all the nastiness that Dana has dished out to here.

Scrawl : a novel

by Mark Shulman

When eighth-grade bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty, staying after school and writing in a journal, reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden


by Walter Dean Myers

When his friend goes on a shooting rampage at school, misfit Cameron has to rethink his views on his life and his place in the world, in a powerful tale told through interviews, diary excerpts, and newspaper articles. Reprint.

Some girls are [electronic resource]

by Courtney Summers

Regina Afton, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace through Michael Hayden, one of her former victims. Original.

Speak [electronic resource]

by Laurie Halse Anderson

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school

Stuck on Earth

by David Klass

On a secret mission to evaluate the damage humans have done to their planet and whether the human race should be annihilated, Ketchvar III -- a highly intelligent space alien -- inhabits the body of a bullied 14-year-old boy. By the author of You Don't Know Me.

Th1rteen r3asons why [electronic resource] : a novel

by Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death

This is what I did

by Ann Dee Ellis

Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan, an awkward outcast, is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.

A touch of Scarlet

by Eve Marie Mont

Returning to her exclusive prep school after concluding a romantic summer with Coast Guard trainee Gray, Emma becomes estranged from her roommate and falls asleep while reading The Scarlet Letter, which triggers strangely vivid dreams about Emma's encounter with Hester Prynne. Original.


by Laurie Halse Anderson

After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts

Wet Matches
by Randolph Randy Camp
Five homeless 'throwaway' teens (all HIV positive) get a second chance at a better life when a young couple on a high school reunion trip rescues them and takes them on a cross-country journey to their new home in sunny California.

White girl

by Sylvia Olsen

When she is fourteen years old, Josie's mother marries an Indian and they go to live with him on a reserve outside of town, where Josie must think about such things as belonging, home, and how she perceives herself


The bully, the bullied, and the bystander : from preschool to high school : how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence

by Barbara Coloroso

A guide for parents and educators offers advice on recognizing bullying behavior while making suggestions on how to appropriately discipline bullies, protect children, and formulate constructive school and community practices

Bullying : deal with it before push comes to shove

by Elaine Slavens

Discusses the aggressive behavior known as bullying, covering causes, types of bullying, and ways to respond to a bully

Bullying : replies, rebuttals, confessions, and catharsis : an intergenerational and multicultural anthology

by Magdalena Gómez

Personal essays, poetry, and commentary recount how bullying has changed the lives of those parents and students impacted by it


by Lauri S. Friedman

Explores the issues surrounding cyberbullying--bullying through the Internet--by placing opinions from a wide range of sources in a pro/con format

Dear bully : 70 authors tell their stories

by Megan Kelley Hall

A timely and moving collection of personal stories about bullying from authors as varied as Lauren Kate, Jon Scieszka, Alyson Nöel, Lauren Oliver, Mo Willems and many others. Simultaneous.

Dear teen me [electronic resource] : Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves

by E. Kristin Anderson

A collection of advice and reflections by young adult authors who reveal personal experiences from their teen years shares recommendations on topics ranging from abuse and relationships to bullying and body issues

Girls against girls [electronic resource] : why we are mean to each other and how we can change

by Bonnie Burton

Examines the topic of cruel behavior amongst girls and the reasons why it happens, offers tips for handling such problems when they arise, and provides suggestions for team building, enhanced with topic-related quotes and stories from celebrities and role models. Original.

Hey, back off! : tips for stopping teen harassment

by Jennie Withers

Offers tips, strategies, and explanations about what harrassment is; discusses how the behavior originates from personality types; and examines how to deal with the harassers

I wrote on all four walls : teens speak out on violence

by Fran Fearnley

A collection of memoirs by nine teenagers conveys their experiences with violence, and reminds readers how unique, complex, and long-lasting the effects of violence can be during the volatile teenage years. Simultaneous.

It gets better : coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living

by Dan Savage

A collection of essays and testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people, stresses to gay and lesbian youth that they can lead fulfilling lives free of bullying, and that their adult years will get better

Letters to a bullied girl : messages of healing and hope

by Olivia Gardner

Draws on the correspondences between an epileptic victim of bullying and a pair of sisters who championed her cause, in a volume that traces how the author had been tormented by classmates and offers counsel to parents and teachers about how to confront bully-related abuse. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Life at school and in the community

by Richard Worth

Discusses problems that GLBT students may face in school and offers stories of inspirational teens who have won court cases and started organizations to make their school safer and more accepting

Masculinity, bullying, and aggression : a guy's guide

by Sam Navarre

Explores the best and worst ways to handle aggression, the facts on bullying and cyberbullying, and how best to handle anger in everyday situations

School violence

by Kate Burns

Presents a collection of essays with abstracts that discuss the nature, causes, and prevention of school violence; and includes the emphasis the topic has received since the shootings at Columbine High School

Teen cyberbullying investigated : where do your rights end and consequences begin?

by Thomas A. Jacobs

Presents a collection of landmark court cases involving charges of cyberbullying--including threatening emails, hateful comments on blogs and messages using a false identity--urging readers to think about how the computer can change their lives and hurt others. Original.

Understanding girl bullying and what to do about it : strategies to help heal the divide

by Julaine E. Field

Explores the causes and characteristics of girl bullying; outlines assessment, prevention, and intervention methods; and includes information on school-based intervention programs and strategies for working with parents and teachers

Vicious : true stories by teens about bullying

by Hope Vanderberg

Teens share stories of bullying from different perspectives

We want you to know : kids talk about bullying

by Deborah Ellis

Presents interviews with students who have been bullied, as they describe their experiences with peers, parents, teachers, and school administrators, along with advice on the best methods that can be used to stop bullying behavior

Why good kids act cruel : the hidden truth about the pre-teen years

by Carl E. Pickhardt

Identifies five specific types of intentionally hurtful behaviors and examines the reasons why teens engage in social cruelty, while offering advice to parents and teachers on how to guide youth through challenging social situations

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