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Although some might consider bullying to be a 21st century problem, bullying seems to have been tolerated for decades, with adults often dismissing it through comments such as “Well, boys will be boys,” and “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you,” or even “Girls don’t fight each other. They wouldn’t want to mess up their clothing.” Early on, perennial middle and high school favorite author Judy Blume addressed the cruelty kids direct toward other kids in her book Blubber (1974) in which a fifth grader endures denigrating comments and nicknames after doing a report on whales. … Here are some of the most recent titles with bullies that might offer starting places for classroom conversations on this often life-changing issue:

Carlson, Nancy. (2010). Henry and the Bully
Cox, Judy. (2010). Carmen Learns English
Kimmelman, Leslie. (2011). The Three Bully Goats
Lester, Helen. (2011). Wodney Wat’s Wobot
Wishinsky, Frieda. (2011). You’re Mean, Lily Jean!
Cushman, Karen. (2010). Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Edgar, Elsbeth. (2011). The Visconti House
Flores-Galbis, Enrique. (2010). 90 Miles to Havana
Gephart, Donna. (2010). How to Survive Middle School
Ignatow, Julie. (2011). The Popularity Papers: The Long-Distance Dispatch between Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
Howe, James. (2011). Addie on the Inside
Senzai, N. H. (2010). Shooting Kabul
Shulman, Mark. (2010). Scrawl
Yee, Lisa. (2011). Warp Speed
Cook, Eileen. (2010). Getting revenge on Lauren Wood
Hautman, Pete. (2010). Blank Confession
Littman, Sarah Darer. (2010). Life, After
Myracle, Lauren. (2011). Shine
Peters, Julie Ann. (2010). By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead
Stratton, Allan. (2010). Borderline

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