?? Bootsie Barker
- ? Iggie's House. (Ages 9-12; when Grove Street gets its first
black family, Winnie is a welcoming party of one.)
- ? The Bully of Barkham Street.
- ? The Rag Coat
- ?? _Sir Cedric_ by Roy Gerrard, in which the villian, Sir Ned,
is a bully, and is called such by the text.
- ?? The Secret of Gumbo Grove, in which a "bully" named "Big
Boy (a girl) figures large in the life of Raisin Stackhouse.
- Adamson, Jean and Gareth: Topsy and Tim and the Bully
- Berenstain, Stan & Jan. The Berenstain Bears and the
- Blume, Judy. Blubber. (Ages 9-12; Jill goes along with the
rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then
finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target.
- Bottner, Barbara: Bootsie Barker Bites
- Byars, Betsy: The Eighteenth Emergency
- Capote, Truman. The Thanksgiving Visitor. (All ages; a boy
recalls his life with an elderly relative in rural Alabama in the
1930s and the lesson she taught him one Thanksgiving Day about
dealing with a bully from school.)
- Carlson, ? How to Lose All Your Friends.
- Carlson, Nancy. Arnie and the Bully.
- Carlson, Nancy. Loud Mouth George and the Sixth Grade Bully.
- Carrick, Carol. Some Friend (Ages 9-12; Mike has always been a
little in awe of his self-assertive friend Rob, but one day, when
pushed too far, Mike realizes he will have to take a stand of his
own or lose self-respect.)
- Carrick, Carol. Stay away from Simon. (Ages 4-8; Lucy and her
younger brother examine their feelings about a mentally
handicapped boy they both fear when he follows them home one snowy
- Chambers, Aidan Present Takers (1984) Lucy is tormented by
class bullies who demand that she bring them gifts.
- Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. (Ages 9-12; in his letters
to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in
coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and
generally finding his own place in the world.)
- Cohen, M. Starring First Grade.
- Cosby, Bill. Little Bill series.
- Cosby, Bill. The Meanest Thing to Say. (Little Bill series;
ages 4-8; Little Bill wonders how he can still be a nice guy when
he plays a game where the only way to win is by being mean.)
- Crews, Linda Illustrated by: Robinson, Charles Nekomah Creek
(1991) Nine-year-old Robby loves his noisy and somewhat
unconventional family, but unwanted attention from a counselor and
a bully at school makes him self-conscious about just how his
family might look to others.
- Davis, Gibbs Camp Sink or Swim illustrated by Abby Carter
- De Paola, Tomie. Oliver Button Is a Sissy.
- Duvoisen, ? Our Veronica.
- Elliott, Michele: The Bullies Meet the Willow Street Kids
- Estes, Eleanor The Hundred Dresses. (Wanda, a Polish
immigrant, wants nothing more than to be liked and accepted in a
strange country. That's why she tells her classmates tales of her
"hundred dresses, all lined up in a row in my closet." Her
classmates think this is hilarious, and are frequently asking her
about her hundred dresses. Only when she is gone do they realize
how much damage they actually did.)
- Farmer, Penelope "Penelope"
- Farmer, Penelope also wrote "The Summer Birds", a wonderful
fantasy about flying. At the beginning, Emma is bullying Bobby,
but they develop a friendship in the course of their adventures.
- Fenner, Carol. Randall's Wall. (Ages 9-12; artistically
talented but socioeconomically underprivileged, a fifth-grade boy
has built a wall of defense to protect himself from the pain of
human relationships--a wall which begins to crumble when a dynamic
and compassionate classmate decides to interfere in his life.)
- Fine, Anne: The Tulip Touch
- Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy. (Ages 9-12; Harriet M.
Welsch is determined to grow up and be a famous author. In the
meantime, she practices by following a regular spy route each day
and writing down everything she sees in her secret notebook. Then
one morning, Harriet's life is turned upside down. Her classmates
find her spy notebook and read it out loud! Harriet's in big
trouble. The other sixth-graders are stealing her tomato
sandwiches, forming a spy-catcher club, and writing notes of their
own -- all about Harriet!)
- Fox, Paula. Monkey Island. (YA - homeless; Fox has written a
quietly terrifying, wholly compelling novel about the urban
homeless, filtered through the experience of an 11-year-old boy.
Clear-eyed and unblinking as ever, she shows us the grit, misery
and despair of the homeless, along with occasional qualified, but
nonetheless powerful redemptive moments.)
- Giff, P.R. Happy Birthday Ronald Morgan.
- Giff, Patricia Reilly. Love, From the 5th-Grade Celebrity.
(Ages 9-12; Casey can't wait for the new school year since she's
sure she'll be elected class president and her friend Tracy will
be moving to her town. But when Tracy wins the election and steals
her friends, Casey begins to wish her friend had never come to
- Godden, Rumer: The Diddakoi
- Greenwald, Sheila. Valentine Rosy. (Ages 9-12; out of print)
- Guy, Rosa: The Friends
- Hahn, Mary Downing Stepping on the Cracks (1991)In 1944, while
her brother is overseas fighting in WWII, eleven-year-old Margaret
gets a new view of the school bully, Gordy, when she finds him
hiding his own brother, an army deserter, and decides to help him.
- Hahn, Mary Downing. Daphne's Book. (Ages 9-12; Jessica is a
wreak when she finds herself wound up with Daphne the strangest
girl in the class as her Write A Book Contest partner.)
- Hahn, Mary Downing. Stepping on Cracks. (Ages 9-12; Margaret
and her best friend Elizabeth both have brothers fighting the war
in Europe. The girls themselves are fighting on a different
front--at home, against the class bully, Gordy. When he grows
bolder than ever, Margaret allows Elizabeth to talk her into a
daring plan to get even.)
- Hautzig, Deborah. Why Are You So Mean to Me?
- Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum.
- Howe, James. Pinky and Rex and the Bully, illustrated by
- Hughes, Thomas 19th-century novel, "Tom Brown's Schooldays".
- James, Mary. Shoebag. (Ages 9-12; the story of a happy young
cockroach named Shoebag, who awakens one morning to find that he
has been transformed into a little boy. Adopted by the Biddle
family, Shoebag changes the lives of all he meets.)
- Keats, Ezra Jack Illustrated by: Keats, Ezra Jack Goggles !
(1969) Archie and Peter find a pair of goggles and must protect
them from neighborhood bullies.
- Kemp, Gene: Gowie Corby Plays Chicken
- Kennemore, Tim: The Middle of the Sandwich
- Laird, Elizabeth: Secret Friends
- Lamorisse, Albert Red Balloon (1957) A lonely boy named Pascal
makes a friend in a magical red balloon, and they prove to be
excellent friends to each other. (Bullies try to take the balloon
away, then kill it.)
- Lester, Helen. Hooway for Wodney Wat
- Leverich, Kathleen. Best enemies. (1989) (Best enemies again
(1991) & Best enemies forever (1995)) All published by
Greenwillow and with Walter Lorraine's wonderful illustrations for
his spouse's books. Priscilla's nemesis Felicity is a very
particular (and familiar) kind of bully. She bullies with wiles
and words rather than with fists. Lighthearted but ringing true.
- Lionni, Leo Illustrated by: Lionni, Leo Swimmy (1963) After
losing his school, Swimmy explores the ocean and builds a new
school. (The bigger fish may be called bullies.)
- Lisle, Janet. Afternoon of the Elves. (Ages 9-12; as Hillary
works in the miniature village, allegedly built by elves, in
Sara-Kate's backyard, she becomes more and more curious about
Sara-Kate's real life inside her big, gloomy house with her
mysterious, silent mother.)
- Lord, Bette Bao. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.
(Ages 7-12.; 5he story of Shirley Temple Wong who, with her
family, leaves her native, ancestral home in China and sails off
to a new life in Brooklyn. It is an enormous adjustment for
Shirley who must learn not only a new language but an entirely new
way of life. Making friends in this strange new world is very
difficult for Shirley, until she discovers baseball, the Brooklyn
Dodgers and a wonderful hero and role-model in Jackie Robinson.)
- Magorian, Michelle "A Spoonful of Jam"
- Martin, Ann: Karen's Bully
- Masters, Anthony: Bullies Don't Hurt
- Mead, Alice. Junebug
- Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Walks the Dog
- Myers, Anna. Ethan Between Us
- Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. King of the Playground. (Ages 9-12;
with his dad's help, Kevin overcomes his fear of the "King of the
Playground" who has threatened to tie him to the slide, put him in
a deep hole, or put him in a cage with bears.)
- Needle, Jan: The Bully
- Nickle, John. The Ant Bully
- Nixon, Joan Lowery. Aggie's Home
- Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. (Ages 9-12; the
life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he
becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely
death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.)
- Paterson, Katherine. Flip Flop Girl. (Ages 9-12; nine-year-old
Vinnie feels out of place when she, her mother, and her brother
move in with Grandma after Daddy dies, until she meets a
flip-flop-wearing girl named Lupe--an outsider like herself.)
- Paterson, Katherine. Great Gilly Hopkins. She picks on the boy
she lives with, and in the end teaches him how to fight so others
won't pick on him.
- Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the Mighty. (YA; at the beginning of
eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak,
whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant
mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful
- Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The
Best School Year Ever. (Ages 9-12; the horrible Herdmans are
modern-day outlaws and the most famous kids at Woodrow Wilson
School. Their wild behavior and outrageous lies always lead to
disaster, but somehow all of them continually escape blame. Are
they really horrible--or could there be some good in them? Find
out the real truth about this crazy clan.)
- Sachar, Louis. The Boy Who Lost his Face. (YA-profanity;
"Though Danny Ballinger reluctantly goes along with a group of
boys who cruelly harrass an elderly woman, he's the one she
singles out to put a curse on. Danny doesn't believe in hexes, but
there's no denying that after the incident, his life takes a nose
- Sachs, Marilyn. Veronica Ganz (from the bully's point of
- Sachs, Marilyn. The Bears' House. (Ages 9-12; every child has
had problems that they think they cannot handle. In this book, we
live the struggle of a young girl just trying to make it in her
world. She doesn't want to see her family split up, but in order
to keep it together, she has to dodge reality and teachers alike.
To escape from her problems, she creates a family for herself in
the dolls that her teacher has brought in with her doll house. By
creating this "family" her life becomes bearable for the time she
is "with" them. A good book about the pain of living in a family
that is not exactly like everybody else's family, and coping with
- Sadler, Marilyn. The Very Bad Bunny.
- Shreve, Susan. Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again
- Simeon, Lorraine: Stop That: An Anti-Bullying Rap
- Snyder, Zilpha K. Libby on Wednesday. (Ages 9-12; Libby hates
school. Before this year she was tutored at home by her eccentric
relatives. But now her mother feels she should become more
"socialized." Now Libby is stuck with four kids she doesn't like
in a writer's club that meets every week. Can the five of them
accept each other, and even become friends?)
- Spinelli, Jerry. <Wringer> seems to me to be a powerful
story about bullies and about a child's struggle with "going
along" or not.
- Spinelli, Jerry. Fourth Grade Rats. (Ages 9-12; Suds learns
that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a
"rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.)
- Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. (Ages 9-12; Maniac Magee is a
folk story about a boy, a very excitable boy. One that can outrun
dogs, hit a home run off the best pitcher in the neighborhood, tie
a knot no one can undo. "Kid's gotta be a maniac," is what the
folks in Two Mills say. It's also the story of how this boy,
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, confronts racism in a small town,
tries to find a home where there is none and attempts to soothe
tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town.
Presented as a folk tale, it's the stuff of storytelling.)
- St. John, Liza. Abby's Wish. (Abby the rabbit wishes she had a
friend, as long as it's not funny-looking Horrible Hare.
- Stolz, Mary: A Dog on Barkham Street; The Bully of Barkham
- Stones, Rosemary: No More Bullying
- Viorst, Judith. I'll Fix Anthony.
- Voigt, Cynthia. Bad Girls. (Ages 9-12; sharing a common goal
to be the meanest kids in their class, Margalo andMikey conspire
to turn their fifth-grade class into a minefield and fearlessly
confront anyone who would stand in their way.)
- Walters, Celeste. The killing of Mudeye is a chilling book
detailing the life of a bullied child.
- Wells, Rosemary Illustrated by: Wells, Rosemary Hazel's
Amazing Mother (1985) When Hazel and her beloved doll Eleanor are
set upon by bullies, Hazel's
- Wilson, Jacqueline: Bad Girls
- Yvonne Coppard: Bully
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