With Anti-Bullying Week just around the corner we wanted to take a moment to highlight some brilliant stories that deal with being different, whether that be personality, sexual orientation, social class, physical appearance, size, race, and or religion. Being different does not make anyone less equal and is, in fact, what makes us all human.
One of Anti-Bullying Week’s main aims this year is to not only encourage people to take action against bullying but to make sure that every child feels valued and included in school, that they are able to be themselves without fear of bullying. The following books all focus on characters who decided to do just that.
Two girls – bully and victim – are locked into battle, hurtling towards a knock-out climax. For Jess, school should be a refuge from her tough home life. Instead, thanks to bullying Kez, it’s a place of dread. Kez might be pretty and smart, but her life isn’t sweet. At least with every taunt, she can prove she’s better than Jess. Right…? A reminder that every black cloud might have a silver lining. A story that makes you take sides, then shows the danger of choosing them. Where do you stand? A searing tale of bullying from a writer with a powerful grasp of real-life issues. (13+)