by Deborah Ellis
Ellis interviewed students from the ages of nine to nineteen about their experiences with bullying. She talked with both victims and aggressors in order to show that there is always more than one side to a story. Their uncensored words are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing. They talk about methods that have helped or not helped, and the parents, teachers, or principals who sometimes failed to act. Other kids reveal how they've been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage discussion about bullying and the ways it can be dealt with. Additional comments from international students reveal how much kids around the world have in common.