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We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying [Hardcover]

Deborah Ellis
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Dec 15 2010
Through her association with a community anti-bullying campaign launched in Haldimand, Norfolk, and neighboring communities in Southern Ontario, children’s author Deborah Ellis asked students from the ages of nine to nineteen to talk about their experiences with bullying. The results are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing accounts of “business as usual” in and around today’s schools. The kids in this book raise questions about the way parents, teachers, and school administrators cope with bullies. They talk about which methods have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed to protect them. And some kids reveal how they have been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others. This is a book for reading and sharing. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage open discussion about the nature of bullying and the ways in which individuals and schools could deal more effectively with bullies and their victims. And additional comments from international students reveal how much kids the world over have in common in the way they experience and deal with bullies. These kids have something to say. It’s time we listened.

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Author Deborah Ellis – well known for tackling difficult issues in her work – recently participated in an anti-bullying campaign in her community. She conducted interviews with over 35 young children and teens. Their raw, uncensored stories form the crux of this weighty and sobering book. Early on, Ellis states that “we must find a way to show the victims of bullying that they are being heard.” We Want You to Know ensures they are heard, loud and clear.

Each of the book’s five sections begins with a brief commentary by Ellis and concludes by posing several questions to guide and foster thoughtful discussion. (“Where do ideas about what is cool come from?” “What can you do when you’re feeling really angry and no one will listen?”)

Some of the kids offer controversial strategies for dealing with bullying. One girl, for instance, commends her mom for screaming at a bully. Others urge victims to punch back. Rather than being flaws, these points of view will help prompt debate among readers – clearly part of Ellis’s agenda.

The addition of more positive glossary entries (e.g., respect, kindness) and a more thorough list of page references (some are missing) would have enhanced the book’s usefulness. All the same, We Want You to Know is a good reference for educators, social workers, librarians, and concerned individuals working to control this horrible schoolyard phenomenon, as well as youths going through it themselves.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy; The Heaven Shop; Lunch With Lenin; Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees; and Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk About AIDS. She has won many national and international awards for her books, including the Governor General’s Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Children’s Africana Book Award Honor Book for Older Readers. In 2006, Deborah was named to the Order of Ontario. She now lives in Simcoe, Ontario. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more than to talk about it... March 14 2014
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I bought this book because, one of the young people that wrote about their experience with Bullying, committed suicide. Their words, their experience of being bullied, definitely played a hand in the end of this person's life. I also had the chance to connect with the author, she agrees, more needs to be done. This is homegrown terrorism where the Victim is left to fend for themselves while the terrorists have access to your child more hours of the day than you do. Its time we treat bullying for what it is, it would never be tolerated as an adult in the workplace but, for some reason it is in a child's world. If you study the "Hierarchy of Needs" bullying/terrorism is a huge component of not having self esteem and knowing who you are in life. Those seeds, those voices are planted like time bombs in a child's mind and they implode in our young adults.

As for the seller, product was shipped in a timely manner, well paged,shipping was reasonable, and was in the condition stated. I would buy from them again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The interviews are with children aged 9-19 and some of the bullying experiences they describe are hair-raising April 9 2010
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"We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying" is a collection of interviews of kids who have experienced bullying, both as receivers and aggressors by the Name It 2 Change It Community Campaign Against Bullying in southern Ontario, with additional supplemental writings from sources at Haldimand-Norfolk REACH, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canadian International School in Tokyo, Raising Voices Uganda, and the international school in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The interviews are with children aged 9-19 and some of the bullying experiences they describe are hair-raising. "We Want You To Know" speaks in the actual voices of "kids who have been bullied, kids who have bullied others, and kids who found the strength within themselves to rise above their situations and to endure (p. 11)." Perhaps the single most important mission or teaching of "We Want You To Know" is that bullying practices must be clearly exposed and admitted in order for change to occur, kind of a "bullying transparency" policy to encourage real problem solving and skill building in all communities where bullying exists. The author is careful to specify that each child who was interviewed for "We Want You To Know" voluntarily to tell their stories, and decided what things they wanted left out of their stories, including their photos and names. "We Want You To Know" ends with two crucial sections titled Redemption and Conclusions. Redemption "means reclaiming our lives from fear, from shame, from frustration (p. 114)." Redemption leads to questions about how to begin the process of change and growth beyond bullying. The Conclusion holds the single most important statement of the book: "Bullying is not inevitable. It doesn't have to be a normal part of childhood...Respecting others and respecting ourselves leads naturally to respecting the world and all who live in it. We don't have to settle for what we've learned so far. We can al learn more, reach further, and become the great people we were all meant to be (p.115)." "We Want You To Know" is a valuable resource for anti-bullying curriculum that is so crucial to all schools and communities, but it is more than that. It uses the painful heroic experiences of the bullied to begin to build windows to a better future. Additional resources for kids, for teachers, and for parents are listed at the end of the book. Many quotations taken from kids around the world who wrote essays on bullying are sprinkled throughout the text. These provide additional inspiration.
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