- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Running Press Kids (July 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762444282
- ISBN-13: 978-0762444281
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,391,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance Paperback – July 3, 2012
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"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."
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"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."
"Helpful for teachers, guidance counselors, and teens trying to stop bullying, yet engaging for readers simply browsing this important topic."
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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. "
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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.
Editor Rhoda Belleza wisely begins and ends CORNERED with the stories of Kirsten Miller and Lish McBride respectively. I am a fan of both Miller and McBride, and both of them wrote two of the most hopeful stories in the collection. They ease you in and out of the experience. McBride's story features characters from her popular Necromancer series, so her fans might want to read CORNERED just for "We Should Get Jerseys 'Cause We Make a Good Team."
I suspect the stand-out stories will vary for each reader. I particularly liked Zetta Elliott's "Sweet Sixteen," in which the bullies don't make a personal appearance in the story. But their actions still affect the two girls who meet in the custody of social services. Another good one is "The Shift Sticks" by Josh Berk, in which a boy runs into a girl he used to bully in elementary and is attracted to her. The only story I didn't really like was "Inside the Inside" by Mayra Lazara Dole. It had one of my favorite characters and some of my favorite scenes - the story always lit up when it focused on Alyssa. But it didn't really work. The magical realist elements (possibly imagined due to the guilt of the protagonist, rather than actually happening) were incoherent.
CORNERED is a read that will get you thinking. It might be a good book to read with other people and discuss how you felt about each story. And it's a great anthology to read in October, since this is Anti-Bullying Month. Hopefully these stories can inspire at least one person to end the cycle of violence. It's a tough thing to do, but these authors show the cost of perpetuating the status quo.
To begin with, the foreword offered some strikingly accurate and objective commentary on the human tendency to bully, including some rarely acknowledged truths about psychology in general. As for the stories themselves, it's hard to say whether they were "good" or not, with the term being so subjective; but, in any case, there were ones that I liked.
My thanks goes out to this book's authors and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.