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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762444282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762444281
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading
"This is an excellent book for teens…This would make an excellent choice for sparking off discussions on this very difficult topic….Worthwhile, but difficult."

Seventeen’s book club
"You'll love it if... you're looking for a summer read that's moving and inspirational.Cornered will give you the courage to face-off the bullies at your own school, and help victims get help."

Booklist
"Helpful for teachers, guidance counselors, and teens trying to stop bullying, yet engaging for readers simply browsing this important topic."

Seventeen Book Club
“You'll love it if...you're looking for a summer read that's moving and inspirational.Cornered will give you the courage to face-off the bullies at your own school, and help victims get help.”

Lambda Literary.org
“The authors in Cornered use their stories to take us inside the minds and skins of those who are being bullied, and the bullies themselves, to show readers just how wrong thinking teen-aged harassment is “not that bad” can be… an intensely personal and unsettling look at the problem, and will hopefully move them to do more than just say, “It Gets Better,” and join in the battle against it.”

Alexis Burling
Cornered has something for every kind of kid—male and female; LGBT and straight; sportsy, artsy, and bookish. … Not for the faint of heart, every story in this excellent collection is worth its weight in gold.”

Charleston Gazette
"Reading "Cornered" could really open your eyes to the world around you. It may make you realize some things that may change you or how you feel about others. "

School Library Journal
“…a solid recommendation to teens and a definite gateway title to promoting the short-story genre.”

Mother Daughter Book Club blog
“Books such as Cornered are important bring reality into the equation. It looks at the humanity of those who are victims, and, as hard as it may be to believe there is humanity in those who victimize, it looks at that as well. Some of the stories are difficult to get through. Others have more of a lighthearted feel where victims triumph. All of them will take your breath away. I recommend Cornered for mother-daughter book clubs and any reader aged 14 and up.”

About the Author

Rhoda Belleza is a freelance writer and editor who has worked with Paper Lantern Lit. She has been published on TheRumpus.net and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Lish McBride was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. It rains a lot there, but she likes it anyway. She spent three years away while she got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, and she liked that too, although the hurricane did leave much of her stuff underwater. Her main goal in going to college was to become a writer so she could wear pajamas pretty much all the time. She enjoys reading, movies, comics, and preparing herself for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Currently, Lish lives happily in Seattle where the weather never actually tries to kill you, with her family, two cats, and one very put-upon Chihuahua. She is slowly building her garden gnome army.

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Very well-written, each story gives insight, and maybe even strength.
M. Weigand
It had one of my favorite characters and some of my favorite scenes - the story always lit up when it focused on Alyssa.
Liviania
I recommend Cornered for mother-daughter book clubs and any reader aged 14 and up.
Cynthia Hudson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
"Nemesis' was good. The rest . . . the impression I had is that the bullies come out ahead in all cases. Depressing book, with characters always making the worst choice possible.
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Format: Paperback
This is a great collection of stories. Stories that are raw, dealing with bullying every, single day. And stories where people have had enough and are finally standing up for themselves.

Let me begin by saying that I had a love/hate thing with this book. One minutes I'd be angry or sad due to an bullying story and when I got in to the defiance story I was all like," HELL YEAH!" LOL! This is a great book filled with awesome stories to give you that emotional roller coaster. Even though the stories were short, you were able to get each character, watch them stand up and face their bully and of course others, taking it every day.

My fave defiance story is Nemsis which is the first story and well its about defiance. I really love the chance at getting revenge for bullying.

If you want stories that really make you see things differently, check this book out. It awesome and powerful. Each story different from the next, you are never left bored. Cornered is a great anthology that gets down to the heart of the matter.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I don't give out 5 stars lightly. I expected to hear people's personal stories of bullying based on a glance at the book description, but these are short stories, not memoirs. While there was one story I quit reading, I expect everyone will have one they don't like-- and will love most of the others. Very well-written, each story gives insight, and maybe even strength. Most of the stories could appear in any short story collection and be well-received. This is a great read for anyone, but will also be a helpful resource to people studying or dealing with bullying of any kind. I found it helpful to see into the lives of a couple of people dealing with sexual identity/discrimination because of sexual orientation as teens--these stories could serve as resources for people learning about human sexuality of any age, or as something to talk about with a PFLAG group.
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Format: Paperback
the eyes of the bully, from those who are being bullied, and from others who stand on the side and feel powerless to stop what's happening. Edited by Rhoda Belleza, the stories are written by both acclaimed and emerging young adult authors. None of them flinch from the hard truths in the stories they have written.

This honesty makes it hard for readers to look away as they read stories about teens who are beaten up by their tormentors or taunted and emotionally abused in front of classmates and in cyberspace. While it's easy to picture boys as being bullies, girls are often bullies as well. And their victims? They are often the kids who don't fit into the norm in some way. They are gay or lesbian or accused of being so even if they aren't. They often are physically small and have no one to confide in about the abuse. Their home lives may be in turmoil. They hope to fly under the radar long enough to make it out of high school and escape their bullies forever.

In recent times there has been much said about bullying, how to raise awareness of it and how to stop it. While programs aimed at reducing it are undoubtedly doing some good, there is little chance that bullying will be eradicated. Books such as Cornered are important because they bring issues about bullying into the forefront. It looks at the humanity of those who are victims, and, as hard as it may be to believe there is humanity in those who victimize, it looks at that as well.

Some of the stories are difficult to get through. Others have more of a lighthearted feel where victims triumph. All of them will take your breath away. I recommend Cornered for mother-daughter book clubs and any reader aged 14 and up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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