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From Publishers Weekly

This companion book to the documentary film Bully was edited by filmmaker Hirsch and writer/producer Lowen, with contributing chapters by a number of celebrities, authors, experts, government officials, and educators. Part homage to the film, part resource, the book interweaves the stories of children who have been bullied with practical information and advice for parents and other readers. Like the film, which presents an uncensored, real-life portrayal of what it's like to be a bullied child, the text deals honestly and realistically with the bullying that is pervasive in American schools (13 million children will be bullied this year, the authors claim). While some chapters are more focused on the film itself, others zero in on such topics as bullying and children with autism spectrum disorders or learning disabilities. Particularly useful for parents are the chapters written by educational psychologist/author Michele Borba and clinical psychologist Peter Sheras, which provide a crash course on how to know if a child is being bullied and what to do about it. The text is also an excellent resource for educators; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, pens a particularly insightful chapter. Readers who have seen the film will no doubt be interested to discover where its bullied children are now, but the text can also be read as an informative stand-alone resource. (Nov.)

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Rolling Stone
“Potent and provocative.”

New York Times, Critics Pick
“Moving and touching… Bully forces you to confront…the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole.”
 
TIME
“A documentary as vivid as any horror film, as heartbreaking as any Oscar-worthy drama.”
 
Los Angeles Times
“The film’s cumulative force is considerable.”

USA Today
“An insightful and moving documentary…By presenting an intimate glimpse into the dark heart of cruelty, the film hopes to inspire substantive discussion among parents, children, and educators on how to deal with this dire and insidious problem.”

Publisher's Weekly
"The text deals honestly and realistically with the bullying that is so pervasive in American schools...An excellent resource for educators...Readers who have seen the film will no doubt be interested to discover where its bullied children are now, but the text can also be read as an informative stand-alone resource."

Kirkus Review
"A valuable resource that will help empower communities to deal with this deadly social plague."
 
New York Journal of Books Review
 "Bully not only gives additional insight into the family stories portrayed so poignantly and sensitively in the film, but it also supplies the tools to help readers become activists in a community-wide effort to end bullying...with the book Bully: An Action Plan in hand, ignorance and helplessness are no longer excuses for not becoming involved in ending the bullying tragedies. "
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861848
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Voted one of the best Long Island authors for two consecutive years, Dina Santorelli is the author of the award-winning debut novel, Baby Grand, a top-rated mystery/thriller and best-selling organized crime thriller on Amazon Kindle. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years and has written frequently about travel, entertainment, lifestyle, bridal, and pop culture. Dina currently serves as the executive editor of Salute and Family magazines for which she has interviewed many celebrities, including Norman Reedus, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Angela Bassett, and Kevin Bacon, among others. She has collaborated on a variety of nonfiction book projects, including I, Spy: How to Be Your Own Private Investigator (St. Martin's Press, February 2016), Good Girls Don't Get Fat, The Brown Betty Cookbook, and Bully, and her book Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid has been published in several languages. Dina also lectures for Hofstra University's Continuing Education Department. For more information about Dina, visit her website at http://dinasantorelli.com.

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This book is decades too late but now that it's here it's a godsend. Every parent, teacher and school needs a copy and an action plan based on this book to put an end to bullying in America. It is a plague and it needs to be stopped NOW. No more needless youth suicides. No more tormented souls. No more sleepless nights for so many kids. Empower yourselves as parents, teachers, counselors, and students. Knowledge is power and I can't recommend this book enough.
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great condensensed background of the essence of the movie, as well as an execution guide to help parents, students, teachers and administration help tackle the serious issue of Bullying. definitely check out the FB page and thebullyproject.org for more info.

I've purchased 30 books so far that we have been getting into the libraries at schools and for loan at martial arts studio.

the DVD is available for preorder now as well, and you can request a screening of the bully movie through tugg.com if like me there weren't any close enough.
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I used this book (with the movie) in my Psychology of Violence undergraduate class. The students did find the stories of the individual children and families engaging and memorable. I know a student who is a Head Resident used some of these examples with her freshmen. I will use it again.
However, I was somewhat disappointed with the action plan. Like most approaches to bullying, many of the steps seem to imply that kids don't know they are being mean and if they did they would just stop. Kids already know the difference between mean and nice. They bully because there are social payoffs for bullying, as considerable research has shown. In a lot of settings, bullying actually makes the bullies more popular. I have seen many parents and teachers collude with or even encourage bullying.
Existing bullying prevention is not very effective. We need innovative science to figure out how to address this problem. Increasing adult monitoring at hotspots such as buses and cafeterias is one good idea (check out the Shifting Boundaries program by Bruce Taylor and colleagues). Bus drivers cannot safely drive and monitor all of the children behind them at the same time. If this country were committed to reducing bullying, there would be two adults on every school bus.
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I use to run the diversity club at the high school I just retired from. This has many good ideas for staff to use to make changes that really need to be done in schools and communities .
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I've been using this for Professional Development in my school. It gives new tools for teachers, administrators and parents to combat this terrible modern day problem.
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I found this book very educational. The statistics used shows a real truth to how relevant bullying is. It makes people realize how much being bullied can impact young adults and why we need to stop it. I think that including real stories and how the bullying affected the child really impacts the reader. Also, I found that the book remained interesting throughout the entire thing because Hursch was and is so passionate about bullying. I think that more schools should put this book in their libraries, and even teach with it. It could show kids why bullying isn't okay and could decrease the amount of bullying that takes place at school. However, I do not think people should read this as a "light read" since it is a little lengthy and has a lot of information to digest. Overall, I recommend the book to everyone, it would educate you so much more on bullying.
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By lima on January 17, 2013
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FINALLY. I recommend the book to all: parents, teachers, mental health professionals, and above all political lobbyists. it was about time to go public about this horrific issue: one that has taken the lives of innocent kids in America and abroad. I do not recall the movie being promoted in Puerto Rico (perhaps i'm wrong), but if i am not, it is a great loss for Puerto Rican kids
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We purchased the book and dvd of "Bully" and it made all kind of emotions accure while reading and watching. You get so mad the way people can treat others with meaness and show no kind of feelings for their actions. They both show the effect bullies have on everyone's life, plus their families. This an excellent movie to show to everyone.
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