by Peggy Moss, illustrated by Lea Lyon
SAY SOMETHING ©2004 by Margaret Paula Moss, published by Tilbury House. Cover illustration by Lea Lyon and reprinted with permission.
A young narrator describes different examples of bullying that she witnesses at school and on the bus, but remains silent. One day, when her friends are absent, she must sit alone in the cafeteria, and several students make jokes at her expense. In addition to feeling angry about being treated this way, the girl is frustrated with the other students who look on sympathetically but say nothing. She is then able to empathize with other victims. The next day, she approaches a quiet girl who is often teased and finds a new friend. Resources at the end of the book help parents and teachers to talk with children about teasing and bullying, and find ways to stop it at school.
2004, 32 pages, Grades 2-4, Tilbury House Publishers
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Questions for Discussion and Writing
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Suggestions from the Author, Peggy Moss
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