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How to Deal with Bullies: Books and Resources

For Teens


Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying

It Gets Better Project

Teens Against Bullying

Trevor Project -The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

Stomp Out Bullying Now - STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.

Stop Bullying Now
The Stop Bullying Now Web site is here to help you stop bullying in your school and community. Here you can learn about:

  • What works to stop bullying- and what doesn't

  • Trainings and training materials

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit our website

Dealing with Bullying

Kristin Brooks Hope Center – National Hopeline Network

MTV Digital Rights Project
This project helps teens draw the line between harmless jokes and actions



For Parents

Bullies and Victims: From the National Mental Health and Education Center

  • Basic Facts
  • Warning Signs
  • What You Can Do if You Suspect Your Child Is Bullying Others
  • What You Can Do if You Suspect Your Child Is Being Bullied
  • Warning signs of Victimization
  • What You Can Do to Help Eliminate Bullying

Bullying: Information for Parents and Teachers
From the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System in the UK.

Characteristics of Children Who Are Being Bullied from Webmd

Cyberbullying Research Center
"This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth. Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression." The site also has resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.

How to Talk about Bullying From of the U.S. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

My Child a Bully? From Annie Fox’s blog
Annie is a respected educator, award-winning author, and a trusted online adviser. Her life’s work is helping teens become more self-aware, self-confident and better able to make choices that reflect who they really are.

Facts for Families from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Your Teen for Parents

Books on Bullying for Teens

Bullying: Deal with it Before Push Comes to Shove by Elaine Slavens

Hey, back off! : tips for stopping teen harassment by Jennie Withers with Phyllis Hendrickson.

It Gets Better : Coming out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner with Emily and Sarah Buder

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy edited by Rachel Simmons

Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Thomas Jacobs

We W! ant You to Know : Kids Talk about Bullying by Deborah Ellis.


Bullying in Fiction

The Misfits by James Howe
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names. (SLJ gr 4 - 8)

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school. (SLJ gr 7 - 10)

Bystander by James Preller
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution. (SLJ gr 6-9)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. (SLJ gr 9+)

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Bullied at school and neglected by her poor, self-absorbed, single mother at home, high school junior Noelle finally reaches the breaking point after a classmate commits suicide. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks
Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder. (SLJ gr 9+)

Leverage by Joshua Cohen 
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lie by Caroline Bock
Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy's actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.

The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm
Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-grade outcasts join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School.

Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah. (SLJ gr 9+)

Scrawl by Mark Shulman
When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty--staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counsellor--reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims. (SLJ gr. 9+)

by Edward Bloor
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness. Slowly he begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. (SLJ gr 6-9)

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis
Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him. (SLJ gr 6-9)