Monday, August 9, 2010

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig


As we see more and more teen suicides due to bullying, this book has particular relevance at this point in time.

Random House Children's Books sent me a copy of this book for review and I thank them.

The illustrations are done by Beth Adams and are done in a form that fits well with the idea of diary/journal done by a young girl. They also enhance a young adult's understanding of the messages included in the text.

Katie likes to tease the people around her. Sometimes she says things that can be hurtful, but she only does it in fun, doesn't she? When she gets caught and sent to the school counselor, she's not happy.

The counselor shows her how what she is doing not only hurts the classmates she's talking with, it also reflects on her.

There are tips included as well. The main points are:
1) What works & doesn't work to reduce bullying in schools
2) How to break the bully cycle with role play and Trudy's Empower Tools
3) Tips for the "fun" and "power" out of bullying
4) Ways to empower bystanders to stop bullying - without risking their own safety.

This book is written for children ages 7-11, but the life skills are applicable to all. Help your child learn about bullying and how to protect themselves from it by sharing this book with them.

This book will be available on August 24th. Check with your local bookstore to get a copy.

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