GOOD Books: No More Bullying
Drew Ferraro, a California high school student, committed suicide last week after allegedly being bullied at school. After a spate of similar suicides last year, Ferraro's case has brought the problem of bullying back to the limelight, but it's been a ripe topic for novelists for decades (an upcoming documentary called Bully became controversial after the MPAA awarded it an R rating). Click through to see some of the best young adult books about kids being picked on and the varying ways they respond.
University of Santa Clara Student Kicked Out of Gym for Wearing a Crop Top “Today at Santa Clara University, I was asked to leave the gym because of what I was wearing.”
How the ‘Pink Tax’ Makes it More Expensive to Be a Woman Women are charged 14 percent more for personal hygiene products than men.
Nigerian Student Gives Barbie a Modest Makeover The outfits are inspired by the ordinary everyday look of girls who wear the hijab.
A Father and Son’s Inspiring ‘Battle’ With Autism “We continued against all odds, and he got better.”
Beyoncé and Jay Z Donate $1.5 Million to the Black Lives Matter Movement Black Lives Matter, as well as other civil rights groups, will be receiving funds through Tidal grants.
People Die Each Day Awaiting Organ Transplants, But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way Does it “kill you” to wait in line?
As a new kid in seventh grade, Eric Hayes makes friends with the confident and popular Griffin Connelly. But there's a dark side to Connelly's natural leadership skills—he's the classic bully. Once Hayes decides to stand up to him, he moves suddenly from bystander to victim. Preller captures the tension of bullying and standing up for what's right.
Miriam Fisher feels different from her seventh-grade friends. She enjoys poetry and reading the Oxford English Dictionary. The "watermelon girls" at school harass her, teasing and taunting her in front of everyone. Miriam resists conformity, inspiring others to do the same.
By Kathe Koja
Buddha Boy is a tale of two unlikely friends who must face the cruelties of being different. Justin, an average kid, pairs up with Jinsen, the Buddha Boy, for a school project, and becomes fascinated with Jinsen's artistic abilities despite the other kids' taunts. As the plot unfolds, Koja not only reveals the horrors of Jinsen's torment, but also the deep, psychological motivations that underlie bullying.
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
A high school outcast known as Fanboy is bullied while his best friend becomes popular. But after meeting the cynical, comic-loving Goth Girl, Fanboy can't resist having a friend who understands him. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl is a gripping story of overcoming bullying and fighting back.