Books about Bullying


Good Books for Tough Times 5-8 - BULLYING










Camille and the Sunflowers

Author Laurence Anholt
Illustrator Laurence Anholt
Reading age 7+
Interest level 5-8

Review Focusing on a short period in Vincent Van Gogh's life, this story is told through the eyes of Camille, the postmaster's son. His family befriends the artist and Vincent paints their portraits.

Not only do we learn about Van Gogh's paintings, but we also get an insight into the position of an ‘outsider' in society.

The story covers themes of teasing and bullying by children and adults.

A short biography of the artist is included.

Publisher Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Published 2003
ISBN 9780711221567

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Who's a Big Bully Then?

Author Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Joanna Carey
Reading age 7+
Interest level 7+

Review Although written for 8-12 year-olds who have problems with reading, this is a great story for able 7-8 year-olds to read for themselves.

It tells of how a boy beats the school bully in a race - and the bully then wants a fight. The hero devises a clever trick to play on him, but at the end gets quite a surprise himself.

An engaging book by a master story-teller, with a twist in the tale.

Publisher Barrington Stoke
Published 2001
ISBN 9781842990179

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Cliffhanger and Buried Alive

(published together as Jacqueline Wilson's Biscuit Barrel)

Author Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrators Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap
Reading age 7+
Interest level 7-11

Review This edition brings together two of Jacqueline Wilson's funniest stories for younger children. ‘Cliffhanger' sees Tim and his friend Biscuits reluctantly going on an adventure holiday, where Tim loathes the activities and feels he is failing at everything, but despite this ends up finding friendship and fun.

In ‘Buried Alive', Tim and Biscuits go on holiday with Tim's parents to Wales, where all goes well until the arrival of two bullies, Prickle-Head and Pinch-Face. The story uses gentle humour to deal with issues of friendship and bullying (as well as embarrassing parents).

Publisher Corgi Yearling
Published 2002
ISBN 9780440864639

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Bad Girls

Author Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator Nick Sharratt
Reading age 8+
Interest level 7-11

Review Bitterly unhappy and fed up with being bullied at school, Mandy White is in need of a friend.

However, with her spiky orange hair, strappy stilettos and tendency to shoplift, the colourful Tanya isn't exactly what Mandy's parents would have wished for.

Bad Girls effortlessly depicts the sort of insecurities and concerns to which many young readers will surely relate.

Publisher Corgi Yearling
Published 2006
ISBN 9780440867623

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