Books about Bullying

BORN UGLY by Beth Goobie;  Shir tries to be invisible, but when a boy intrudes on her secret sanctuary, she finally learns to assert herself. (Y PBK Goobie)

BURN by Suzanne Phillips;  Bullied during his freshman year, Cameron's anger grows until it results in deadly consequences. (Y FICTION Phillips)

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I'LL BE DEAD by Julie Anne Peters;  Daelyn, who's been bullied and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out. (Y FICTION Peters)

BYSTANDER by James Preller;  Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people. (JTEEN FICTION Preller)

THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN by Josh Berk;  When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream school, he faces bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player. (Y FICTION Berk) 

DIARY OF A WITNESS by Catherine Ryan Hyde;  Ernie, overweight and a long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, troubled by problems at home, seeks a final solution. (Y FICTION Hyde)

DOUGH BOY by Peter Marino;  Overweight, fifteen-year-old Tristan, who lives with his divorced mother and her boyfriend Frank, suddenly finds that he must deal with Frank's popular but troubled, nutrition-obsessed daughter. (JTEEN FICTION Marino)

EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS by A.S. King;  Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his missing grandfather, but his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. (Y FICTION King)

FREAK by Marcella Pixley;  Twelve-year-old Miriam is considered a freak by the popular girls at her middle school, and she eventually explodes in response to their bullying, revealing an inner strength she did not know she had. (JTEEN FICTION Pixley) 

INVENTING ELLIOT by Graham Gardner;  Elliot, a victim of bullying, invents a calmer, cooler self when he changes schools in the middle of freshman year, but soon attracts the wrong kind of attention at the new school. (JTEEN FICTION Gardner)

THE JULIAN GAME by Adele Griffin;  In an effort to improve her social status, a new scholarship student at an exclusive girls' school uses a fake online profile to help a popular girl get back at her ex-boyfriend, but the consequences are difficult to handle. (Y FICTION Griffin)

JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia;  The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved. (Y FICTION Williams-Garcia)

THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME by Anthony McGowan Paul;  Varderman is a loner until, just as he is becoming friends with "the freaks," the school bully encourages Paul to join his gang and gives him a knife to carry. (Y FICTION McGowan)

LEVERAGE by Joshua C. Cohen;  Sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until a new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny. (Y FICTION Cohen)

OUT OF SHADOWS by Jason Wallace;  In 1983, at an elite boys' boarding school in Zimbabwe, thirteen-year-old English lad Robert Jacklin finds himself torn between his black roommate and the white bullies still bitter over losing power through the recent civil war. (JTEEN FICTION Wallace)

POISON IVY by Amy Goldman Koss;  In a government class three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their ruthless bullying of a classmate. (JTEEN PBK Koss)

SHOOTER by Walter Dean Myers;  Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting. (JTEEN FICTION Myers)

SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers;  Regina, a high school senior in the popular crowd, 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 with one of her former victims. (Y PBK Summers)

STUCK ON EARTH by David Klass;  On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy. (JTEEN FICTION Klass)

THIS IS WHAT I DID by Ann Dee Ellis;  Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him. (Y FICTION Ellis)


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