October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

A great resource site for everyone is www.stopbullying.gov.  Check out the Teens section, particularly the “Be More Than a Bystander” page for an interactive lesson, so you can become an exceptional role model here at Memorial Middle School.

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Click on the “READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY” link below for a full list of fiction novels available now in our library that have bullies or bullying in the story.  Most of them are in the Realistic Fiction genre.  Feel free to stop by and browse, maybe even select one of these books to check out and read.  Then you can discuss them with friends, classmates, and teachers this month.

Sorted by Call Number / Author.

Alexander, Kwame, author. Booked.
Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.


Baratz-Logsted, Lauren. Me, in between. 1st Aladdin Mix ed. New York : Aladdin Mix, 2008.
Twelve-year-old Lacey Underhill has always hated her over-developed chest, which has made her the target of school bullies and jealous friends, but when an older boy starts showing interest in her, Lacey decides there are some benefits to looking older.

Fic Bre

Brezenoff, Steven. New in town. North Mankato, Minn. : Stone Arch Books/Capstone, c2013.
Jake Demby is being bullied by a kid called Gary Herk until his friend sends him a golem named Emmet from Ravens Pass as a protector, but when Emmet threatens Jake’s mother the situation starts to spin out of control.


Brown, Gavin, 1983- author. Josh Baxter levels up. First edition.
Player 1: Josh Baxter. Backstory: Gamer. New kid at third new school in two years. Lives with mom and sister, Lindsay (aka Princess Perfect). Enemies: Henry Schmittendorf, middle-school football star (aka the Mitten Monster). Allies: None. Strategy: Make it out alive, at any cost.


Christopher, Matt. Snowboard maverick. 1st ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1997.
Having just begun to learn how to snowboard, thirteen-year-old Dennis faces a frightening challenge when he allows a bully to shame him into racing on a difficult slope.


Peters, Stephanie True, 1965-. Lacrosse firestorm. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
Michael Donofrio is taking revenge out on Garry Wallis for sabotaging his chances of becoming the league’s top scorer, leading to a series of near-disasters as the bullying gets rougher.


Codell, Esmé Raji, 1968-. Vive la Paris. 1st ed. New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2006.
Fifth-grader Paris learns some lessons about dealing with bullies of all kinds as she wonders how to stop a classmate from beating up her brother at school and as she learns about the Holocaust from her piano teacher, Mrs. Rosen.


Cottrell Boyce, Frank, author. The astounding broccoli boy. First U.S. edition.
Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything, but when he inexplicably turns green and finds himself in an experimental hospital ward with his nemesis, school bully Tommy-Lee “Grim” Komissky, everyone is baffled but Rory believes he and Grim have become superheroes.


Cummings, Priscilla, 1951- author. Cheating for the chicken man.
High school freshman Kate has a lot on her mind, what with taking care of her heartbroken mother and looking after the family chicken farm in Maryland, but she promised her dying father to look after her older brother who is just back from juvenile detention–and this year that seems to involve paying off the bullies at school by doing their school work.


DeFelice, Cynthia C., author. Fort. First edition.
A middle-grade summer adventure about two boys who build an awesome fort and tangle with two older bullies.


Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Trouble the water. First edition.
In the segregated south of Kentucky in 1953, twelve-year-olds Callie, who is black, and Wendell, who is white, are brought together by an old dog that is clearly seeking something or someone, but they not only face prejudice, they find trouble at a haunted cabin in the woods.


Eland, Lindsay, author. 5 times revenge. First edition.
When school bully Hill finally steps over the line, five unlikely schemers band together for a prank like their middle school has never seen.


Fry, Michael, 1959-. The Odd Squad : bully bait. 1st ed. New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, c2013.
When his school counselor insists that he needs better socialization skills after being stuffed into a locker by a bully, middle-schooler Nick finds himself, along with two other misfits, joining the school’s lamest club: Safety Patrol.


Gale, Eric Kahn, 1986-. The Bully Book. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper, c2013.
In this story told alternately through journal entries and instructions from a bullying manual, sixth-grader Eric embarks on a quest to find the reason why he is being teased and tormented in middle school.


Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, [2016].
“Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change”–Provided by publisher.


Halverson, Deborah. Big mouth. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2008.
Fourteen-year-old Sherman Thuff, a student at the tomato-obsessed Del Heiny Junior High, has his hopes set on being a competitive eater, but when his training regimen begins to seriously interfere with his enjoyment of life and he even starts losing his friends, he decides he should rearrange his priorities.


Heldring, Thatcher, author. The league. First edition.
Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.


Kelly, Erin Entrada, author. Blackbird fly. First edition.
Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.


Key, Watt. Alabama moon. 1st ed. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006.
After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon Blake is removed from the Alabama forest where he was raised and sent to a boy’s home, where, for the first time, he has contact with the outside world and learns about friendship, love, and humanity.


Kitchings, Taylor. Yard war. 1st ed. New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2015].
Twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook lives in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964 and discovers the underlying racism in his family and neighborhood when he invites his maid’s son Dee to play football in the yard.


Lupica, Mike. The only game. 1st ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015].
Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan leads his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls’ softball team, seems to understand.


McKay, Hilary, author. Binny in secret. First U.S. edition.
While getting bullied at school, twelve-year-old Binny investigates the disappearance of her brother’s chicken and tries to save an endangered lynx.


Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, author. Going where it’s dark. First edition.
Buck is bullied because of his stutter, his best friend has moved, and someone is stealing from his family’s lumberyard. It seems like everything is keeping Buck from what he really wants – to go caving.


O’Dell, Kathleen. Agnes Parker– girl in progress. New York : Dial Books, c2003.
As she starts in the sixth grade, Agnes faces challenges with her old best friend, a longtime bully, a wonderful new classmate and neighbor, and herself.


Grant, Vicki. Pigboy. Victoria, BC ; : Orca Book Publishers, 2006.
Dan Hogg’s school trip to a heritage farm–where taunts about his last name are funny to everyone but him–goes from miserable to dangerous when an escaped convict appears.


Palacio, R. J. Auggie & me : three wonder stories. 1st omnibus ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015].
Three previously-published novellas that shed further light on the world of Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, set before he entered Beecher Prep and during his first year there and told from other characters’ points of view. “The Julian Chapter” reveals why the bully dislikes Auggie so much. “Pluto” is about the lifelong friendship between Auggie and Christopher. And, finally, “Shingaling” offers a view of how the girls at Beecher Prep see Auggie when he first comes on the scene.


Palacio, R. J. Wonder. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, c2012.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.


Patterson, James, 1947- author. I even funnier : a middle school story. First edition.
“While on a mission to win the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic regional competition, New York middle schooler Jamie Grimm copes with rival comics and bullies, a buddy in trouble, and a sudden family emergency, all with a sense of humor and a loyal group of friends”–Provided by publisher.


Patterson, James, 1947-. I funny. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.


Radford, Michelle. Almost fabulous. 1st ed. New York : HarperTeen, c2008.
When she discovers that she has extra-sensory powers, fourteen-year-old Fiona finds it increasingly difficult to remain anonymous and lead a quiet trouble-free life, unnoticed by the school’s bully.


Sachar, Louis, 1954- author. Fuzzy mud. First edition.
After smearing some fuzzy-looking mud in a bully’s face to end a fight out in the woods, Tamaya’s hand is red and blistered. If this is how her hand looks, then how does Chad’s face look?.


Sorsenson, Margo. The gotcha plot. Logan, Iowa : Perfection Learning, c1996.
Two boys plan revenge on the rowdy kids who tease them when they stumble into the school custodian’s closet and find something unusual.


Weeks, Sarah, author. Save me a seat. First edition.
Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.


Wolk, Lauren, 1956-. Wolf Hollow : a novel. New York, NY : Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016].
“Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran”–Provided by publisher.


Woods, Brenda, (Brenda A.), author. The blossoming universe of Violet Diamond.
“A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family”–Provided by publisher.


Woodson, Jacqueline. Feathers. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
When a new, white student nicknamed “The Jesus Boy” joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.


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