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Bullies, Bigmouths and So-Called Friends

UK Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Most books about bullying tell children how to act without addressing how they feel. The usual advice to ‘ignore it’ or, ‘say something smart’, is doomed to fail, as you can’t act brave and confident if you feel stressed and helpless inside.

Jenny Alexander’s approach is to develop readers’ psychological defences. Through a mix of exercises, quizzes and fictional scenarios, she combines common sense with simple cognitive techniques to build up children’s self-esteem. Her tone is humorous and upbeat, but always sensitive to the reader’s feelings.