What makes some kids into bullies and persecutors, people who use their power to intimidate others, and what makes some kids victims? Author Kathleen Winkler explores what bullying is, why it happens, and what kids and communities can do to prevent it. Includes information on bullying among girls.

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Winkler examines the impact of bullying on both the victim and the victimizer. In straightforward and clear language, she uses conversations with teens, quotes from magazine and newspaper articles, interviews with professional therapists and school officials, plus excerpts from titles such as Rachel Simmonss Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (Harcourt, 2002) to provide a readable discussion of what bullying is, why bullies do what they do, and why victims take it. The author devotes a separate chapter to the subject of girls who bully, a situation that researchers call relational aggression, and the resulting psychological damage that is not so easy to see. Posed, color photographs illustrate various scenarios, and multiple sidebars provide additional information. This is a useful resource, and even libraries that already own Elaine Slavenss Bullying: Deal with It Before Push Comes to Shove (Lorimer, 2003) or Trevor Romains Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain (Free Spirit, 1997) will want to include it as it addresses an older audience., School Library Journal December 2005
Product type: Library Bound Book
ISBN: 978-0-7660-2355-0
Author: Kathleen Winkler
Copyright: 2005
Reading Level: Grades 6-7
Interest Level: Grades 6-12+
Dewey: 371.5
Pages: 104
Dimensions: 6 1/2" x 9 1/4"
Full-Color Photographs