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Books About Bullying for Middle Schoolers

Use these books to start a conversation with your 6th-8th grader about bullies and bullying.
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Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
A brilliant, emotionally charged novel about two boys. One is a slow learner, too large for his age, and the other is a tiny, disabled genius. The two pair up to create one formidable human force known as "Freak the Mighty". MAX. FREAK. BEST FRIENDS. FOREVER. I never had a brain until Freak came along. .
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by Raina Telgemeier Illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.

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by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman is not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. Sure, he's a huge Star Wars fan, he loves his dog, and he's got a pretty good sense of humor. But August was born with a craniofacial abnormality, a genetic defect that caused his facial features to be severely deformed. His life has never been "normal."

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The Bully
Series: Bluford, Book #5
by Paul Langan

A new life. A new school. A new bully. That's what Darrell Mercer faces when he and his mother move from Philadelphia to California. After spending months living in fear, Darrell is faced with a big decision: He can keep running from this bully, or find a way to fight back.

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Eighth-Grade Superzero
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Change the world with the book Publishers Weekly called "a masterful debut"!

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by Kieran Larwood
Weirdest. Crime Fighters. Ever.
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If I Ever Get Out of Here
by Eric Gansworth

Lewis "Shoe" Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof.

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by Donna Cooner

Find your voice.

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Words in the Dust
by Trent Reedy

Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her — "Inshallah," God willing.

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by Sarah Darer Littman

In critically acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman's gripping new novel, what happens online doesn't always stay online...

Lara just got told off on Facebook.

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Can't Look Away
by Donna Cooner

Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.

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