Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying
Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying Edited by Hope Vanderberg
Bullying seems to be a universal experience to the students I’ve gotten to know where I work. Whether they’ve been bullied, been a bully, or been a bystander, the topic is never unfamiliar. This collection of writings from teenagers and young adults will let any reader who has experienced bullying know that he or she is not alone. One of the collection’s strengths is its authenticity; these are the true voices and experiences of contemporary survivors. The stories are accessible to developing teen readers and their brevity may appeal to both student readers and their teachers. Recommended for independent reading for teens and educators looking for short stories addressing bullying. Diverse sub-themes include sexual harassment (“Can I Holla Atcha” by Allajah Young”), LGBTQ (“Gay on the Block” by Jeremiyah Spears and “A Place to Belong” by Lavell Pride), the immigrant experience (“I Showed My Enemies-- and Hurt My Friends, Too” by Elie Elius), and multiple perspectives from foster homes, treatment centers, and residential facilities (like “Standing My Ground” by Xavier Reyes).--Jessica Fenster-Sparber
Vanderberg, Hope (editor). Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2012.
Youth Communication provides assorted stories from this collection (and more) on the topic of bullying here. Titles displaying an apple icon include lesson plan and discussion ideas for teachers.