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5 books to help cope with bullying

Filled with brave characters and stories of acceptance, these extraordinary books will show readers the significance of being kind to one and other.

The Butterfly Club

Tiny Tina is a triplet, but luckily she has always had her sisters to look out for her. However, when Ms. Lovejoy sits Tina beside the class bully, Selma, and they are asked to help her make a butterfly garden, Tina must learn to stand up for herself. On her own for the first time, Tina blossoms and soon realises that there is more to Selma than meets the eye. This is a clever and heart-warming story from Jacqueline Wilson, which teaches readers the significance of friendship, which can be found in unlikely places. Be sure to look out for a surprising appearance from two of the author’s classic characters!

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Jolly Foul Play

There's plenty of change and trouble underfoot as Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong start a new term at Deepdean. Elizabeth Hurst is the new Head Girl and a bunch of big, bullyish girls are prefects. When the Head Girl is mysteriously murdered on Bonfire Night, Daisy and Hazel are determined to get to the bottom of the case. However, as they struggle to solve the mystery, the young detectives’ friendship is put to the test. 

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Matilda

Matilda Wormwood is no ordinary little girl. By five and a half, she has read every book from Great Expectations to Animal Farm! Amazed by her abilities, the sweet school teacher Ms. Honey takes Matilda under her wing, until her efforts are thwarted by the dreaded Ms. Trunchbull – the diabolical headmistress, who relentlessly bullies the school children and Ms. Honey. Putting her magnificent mind to good use, brave Matilda makes it her mission to put things right. This is an extraordinary story of triumph over adversity; Roald Dahl’s Matilda shows the importance of standing up for yourself, and others. 

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Pottymouth and Stoopid

From the author of the bestselling Middle School series comes another entertaining story about the trials and tribulations of two middle-schoolers, Michael and David, who were cruelly nicknamed Pottymouth and Stoopid way back in preschool. Now, in middle school, the two best friends still can’t shake their nasty nicknames, until, much to their bullies’ surprise, they become the stars of a Cartoon Network TV show. Pottymouth and Stoopid is a humorous and relatable story about how to cope with schoolyard bullies, reminding readers of all ages that words can hurt as much as sticks and stones. 

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Wonder

Wonder is the wonderful story of Auggie Pullman, a ten-year-old boy who is born with a rare facial deformity. Now, for the first time, Auggie must attend school and get to grips with school life, including making friends and standing up to nasty bullies. Although Auggie endures name calling and school-yard antics, he quickly emerges as a true hero, who is brave and spirited even in the face of unkindness. This unforgettable bestseller serves as a lasting reminder to always choose kind.  

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