We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.242751
Through her association with a community anti-bullying campaign launched in Haldimand, Norfolk, and neighboring communities in Southern Ontario, children's author Deborah Ellis asked students from the ages of nine to nineteen to talk about their experiences with bullying. The results are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing accounts of "business as usual" in and around today's schools. The kids in this book raise questions about the way parents, teachers and school administrators cope with bullies. They talk about which methods have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed to protect them. And some kids reveal how they have been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others.

This is a book for reading and sharing. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage open discussion about the nature of bullying and the ways in which individuals and schools could deal more effectively with bullies and their victims. And additional comments from international students reveal how much kids the world over have in common in the way they experience and deal with bullies.

Hardcover, 120 pages
Published on September 1, 2010 by Coteau Books
ISBN-10: 1550504177
ISBN-13: 9781550504170
1 Book Review
  • megank
    megankMonday, May 30, 2016 at 4:40 am44 starsFeatured
    We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying by Deborah Ellis is a collection of kids talking about their experiences with bullying. The author interviews more than 40 kids about their own bullying story; every story is real and describes their story of how they were before the bullying started, what happened, and how they picked up the pieces to be happy again. I really like how the author orgnaizes the book into 5 parts based on why each kid is bullied because it fully answers a question every victim wonders: Why are they chosen by the bullies to be teased and threatened? I would definitly recommend this book to teens because everyone should know that teasing and bullying others is unacceptable. Also, I love this book because I've been bullied before and this book really delivers the message that we are not alone. There are other people out there that are suffering the same thing at school; therefore, don't feel alone or be afraid to stand up for yourself or your peers. Always remember to be unique and most importantly, be happy.