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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Series: Teen Ink
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: HCI Teens; 1 edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075731760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757317606
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bullying Under Attack is beyond eye-opening, beyond painful to read. That said, this book should become part of the school required reading."
―Dianne Bylo

"This book is good for children and adults that have been bullied just to let them know that they are not on their own."
―Julie Banton

"This book was really important and vital to me. I was extremely grateful for it, and I hope that many others read this and recognize the importance of stopping bullying, if they haven't yet. Even if you do realize it, you―like me―may want more information, the human quality in the world of bullying."
Eli Madison, Blogger

"I think all teenagers, adults and teachers must read this book. This book should be part of the required reading material. I recommend this book to everyone, young and old."
―Sandra Beekhuis

"This is a book that I would recommend to parents, tweens, teens, and educators. I will be purchasing this book for my own collection. And recommending to my students and peers."
―Tanya Kaanta, Parent and Educator

"What an incredibly heart-wrenching book."
―Jenny Trimble

"This book is well put together and is a powerful look into the world of bullying and bullied and the cost of allowing bullying to continue in our communities."
―Alex McGilvery, Blogger, CelticFrogReviews.com

"It'll be a great resource on bullying & will be going on a brochure I'm passing out to schools about our bullying resources."
―Kathy Jalowiec, Librarian


"Wow. What a timely achievement―the only book about the problem of bullying entirely written by teenagers. I know their personal stories will move you, anger you, inspire you―even scare you. A great read for a great cause."
R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series


"Heart-felt and heart-wrenching stories, straight from the experiences of the bullied, the bystanders, and those who have bullied. Exceptional writing from all, and so worth the read."
―Ellen Hopkins, The New York Times bestselling young adult author


"Bullying comes in many forms: name calling, shutting out, character assassination, humiliation . . . even getting spit at. All of which happened to me. This important book takes on an issue all of us can relate to because it happened to so many of us. It's refreshing and at times heartbreaking to hear the experiences of these young people. Their voices remind us that bullying is still an issue for children of all ages, and their stories bring a fresh perspective to an old story. Bullying Under Attack is a unique wakeup call for parents, teachers, and bullies, victims, and bystanders to stop, listen, and think about the power of their words and actions."
―Vanessa Williams (Endorsement)

"I was never a victim . . . never a bully . . . but bystander? Oh, yes. I was too often a bystander. Maybe I am, sometimes still. This meaningful book will kindle sparks of recognition in many of us, along with a reminder that we can change."
―Lois Lowry, author of The Giver (Endorsement)

"It's great that Teen Ink has given a wide array of teenagers a chance to speak out on bullying!"
―Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones (Endorsement)

"Can there be any truer YA literature than that created by young adults themselves? These stories and poems about bullying are wrenchingly beautiful in their honesty and sometimes remarkable in their insight. I have to believe that they will serve as a welcome salve for the wounds and loneliness of those who are bullied as well as wake-up call for the bullies who so often cannot comprehend the pain they inflict."
―Todd Strasser, author of The Wave (Endorsement)

"People say that some books are mirrors and some are windows. That is to say, readers can find themselves reflected in the stories, or see out of their own narrow lives into a broader view. The stories in this collection will do this for you."
―Gregory Maguire, Author of Out of Oz, the Final Volume of the Wicked Years (Endorsement)

"Without detracting from what experts understand about bullying, there is no substitute for direct testimony by victims, victimizers, and bystanders. In this unique collection, young people describe their own experiences vividly and, in the process, reveal what they have learned about others and about themselves."
―Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, author of Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Endorsement)

"Bullying Under Attack's gripping firsthand accounts take you inside bullying from every vantage point. Writing with honesty, clarity, and heart, these brave young people illuminate a topic society prefers to squint at. Inspiring."
―Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of The Nanny Diaries (Endorsement)

"With bullying on everyone's mind, this book offers great insight into the real-life stories of those most affected: the victim, the bystander, and the bully. A must-read for parents, educators, and teens who want to understand the severity of the bully crisis."
―Peter Buffett, environmentalist and philanthropist (Endorsement)

"For almost a quarter of a century, Teen Ink has been encouraging young people to write and then has published those pieces. These heartfelt essays and poems explore the issues faced by teenagers today. I applaud their efforts because they not only help young people deal with their own lives but also encourage the budding authors of the next generation."
―Anita Silvey, creator of Children's Book-a-Day Almanac (Endorsement)

"A useful and insightful text for victims and carers alike, to deal with a long underestimated problem. Should be stocked in all school libraries."

Patty Dohle

"This book is a much-needed anthology. There are not a lot of books out there written by teens, for teens, about bullying―especially including the perspective of the bully and the bystander. I would recommend this book to really any teen that I know, whether they suffer from bullying or not. I would also recommend this book to anyone who works with teens for a living, such as youth pastors, high school teachers, therapists, etc. Overall, I am glad that I read it."

April Thorwardson, Social Worker

"Bullying Under Attack should be required reading in schools everywhere. This should be the book discussed in English class, read during assemblies, carried in every backpack, and available on library shelves. This is an excellent book with the power to influence its readers and maybe, just maybe erase some of the hatred from this world."

―Nicole Mooney

"I really wish a book like this had have been available when I was going through my years of torment. But I am happy that it is available now...I would highly recommend this book to everyone."

―Sarah Quick, Stay-at-home Mom

"A timely and powerful book. I ordered copies for the library and hope that they will reach readers that can benefit from its message."

―Laura Rancani, Librarian

"Certainly, this is the most important young adult and children's book I've read in my entire life."

―Devorah Bennu, Blogger for the Guardian

"This book is a must read for everyone, and is one that is currently being added to the library collection."

―Sara Thompson, Librarian

From the Back Cover

"This book is a unique wakeup call for teens, parents, and teachers to stop, listen, and think about the power of their words and actions."
―Vanessa Williams

Bullying Under Attack is a project created as a result of Teen Ink's mission to publish teenagers' writing about what matters to them most. During our 24-year run, we have received hundreds of thousands of submissions from teens, many of whom want to talk about bullying. From these personal, heart-wrenching stories published on our website or printed in our magazine, we've selected the most compelling prose and poetry about bullying.

Bullying Under Attack is an eye-opening anthology of first-person accounts written by teenagers from all three players in the bullying cycle: victims, bullies, and bystanders.

The Victim:

"I was the girl who got called fat every single day. The girl who camouflaged her pain by laughing really hard and talking too loud, drowning out the demeaning comments. The girl fighting an internal battle to get up, get ready, and go to school every morning…" 

―Elizabeth Ditty

The Bully:

"…being a bully doesn't save me from other bullies. I used to think that, somehow, tormenting others would grant me immunity from being tormented. It didn't. Because being a bully doesn't make you scary; it makes you worthless."

―Michael Ortiz

The Bystander:

"Sometimes changing a bully is difficult and even impossible. But if you don't try, those who are bullied will never know how much you care, and those who bully will continue to think their actions are acceptable. You can choose to remain a silent bystander, or you can take a stand to defend others. It's up to you."

―Bridgette Rainey

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This book really opened my eyes to how much we miss about bullying.
Kindle Customer
Perhaps the more who read this book, the more they will take a stand against bullies, stop bullying others, or just reach out to a victim in need.
It is a book that every middle and high school student, teacher and parent, should be required to read.
Cheryl Ann Roberts

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Format: Paperback
Every book has it’s purpose. Whether it’s to entertain, distract, teach, or serve as drink coaster. Sometimes it’s not until you’re halfway through a book that you realize what purpose the book you’re holding will serve. It was in the “Foreward” section of the Bullying Under Attack, contributed by John Halligan, that I realized the true purpose of this non-fiction book.

First, let me share with you a little about this book. I requested this book on NetGalley because bullying is a subject that I have always and will always be on the lookout for. Being the mother of a high-functioning autistic child, I know he’s got a tough road ahead of him. I’ve worked in an elementary school lunchroom and I work often in the children’s room at our library. I’ve seen how cruel young children can be without even knowing they are doing it. My son is no exception and I hope to educate him to treat everyone how he himself would want to be treated. I just imagine what life for my son will be like when he gets older.

And that brings me to why this book is so unique. It contains stories not just from the side of the person being bullied. It also contains stories and perspectives told by those watching on the sidelines and from the bullies themselves.

In the Introduction of the book, the editor(s) explains how this book came to be. In brief, there was a contest held by Nicholas Kristof, a columnist at the New York Times. He had written an article about bullying and then ran a national contest, looking for submissions from teens about their experiences with bullying. Together with Teen Ink (a magazine and website completely devoted to teen writing, art, and forums) they compiled the best works to put into a book.

This anthology is organized brilliantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 4, 2013
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Bullying is a deep-rooted and complex problem that has saturated the halls of our learning institutions like venom. It isn't new, but it is finally being addressed as a true problem, as opposed to being a "nuisance problem" and part of growing up. Bullying Under Attack is the a compilation of the "success" or "survivors'" stories of teens living through the torment and pain.

My deepest congratulations to these survivors, I know what they went through and how difficult it is to come out the other side, reasonably intact. My biggest concern is that it took the loss of someone close to bring this book together and give these kids a chance to purge their demons, voice their thoughts, which they have done concisely and with obvious emotional investment. Well Done!

Bullying Under Attack is beyond eye-opening, beyond painful to read. It never should have been necessary. PERIOD. That said, this book should become part of the school required reading, followed by discussion and the opportunity for bystanders, victims and the bullies to put pen to paper as an assignment, the results cut be a revelation for many!

I received this ARC edition in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley and HCI Books.
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By Kayla on January 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
Bullying is something I think everyone experiences in some form throughout their education and during life in general. Whether you're a victim, bystander, or bully, you're trapped in this system that needs to be rooted out of life. In Bullying Under Attack there are essays from all three sides of the situation. It's devastating to hear what these victims went through and how they survived and were changed forever by their experiences. Hearing what bullies have to say about their past can be enlightening as well as troubling. And sometimes it seems like bystanders can really be the worst parts of the equation, never stepping up to give the victim the helping hand they need and deserve.

This collection really touched home and was important to me. I think anyone reading it can gain a better perspective of what it's like to live through this. No matter which aspect of the collection you relate to, I hope that every reader comes out of this book with the conviction that something more needs to be done and bullying needs to be stopped, now.

I really liked how some of these essays addressed cyber bullying as well because I think that aspect of harassment has picked up so much lately and school rules as well as laws have not moved along fast enough to address this tool used by bullies to harm others nearly 24/7. The way that people bully is evolving and people need to evolve alongside it to stay one step ahead, help the kids who need it and encourage those who stand there and ignore what's happening to speak up and make a difference.

I think that anyone can read this collection and gain something from it, whether you think you've never witnessed bullying or you've experienced it yourself. I know this is an important issue and I feel like it can never be addressed enough, not until there are no students afraid to go to school and no bullies looking for their next victim.
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Combining personal essays, poems, and artwork, Bullying Under Attack delves into the causes of and reasons behind bullying, presenting the issues from the side of the bullies and the bullied.

I have read a few books about bullying, but none have ever made me so glad to have come of age in a time that preceded cyberbullying as Bullying Under Attack did. I was the token fat kid and teased mercilessly for it. I had few real friends and hated going to school, but at least I still had a sanctuary at home. The taunts and jabs couldn't reach me there. There was no internet, no cellphone, no IMing or texting. While reading this book, I found myself wondering if I had come of age with today's technology, would I have ended up like Ryan Halligan and so many other kids who simply couldn't face another day of being ostracized and humiliated.

As I read, I found myself relating to so much of what was said.

"Even though he [the bully] affected my life in so many ways, I often wonder if I had any impact on his. It's strange to think that I, who feared him every day, was probably a very miniscule part of his life. To him I was truly invisible."

I've wondered this so many times about the bullies who teased me. I can still remember every word they said, but I doubt that they do. Katherine Dolgenos sums it up very truthfully:

"Bullying affects victims for years afterwards. I will remember these events for the rest of my life."

And therein lies the greatest strength of this book - its writers. Teenagers who have been the victims and the bullies and the bystanders who did nothing because they were too afraid of becoming victims themselves.
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