Girls Heart Books is usually light-hearted and fun but, just for once, I thought I would post a more serious blog.
Recently I’ve come across several books that feature bullying, and it’s something I included in my own book, Coping with Chloe, though it wasn’t the main theme.
So, first of all, a question. What books have you read that tackle the subject of bullying? Do you think they did it well? Did you enjoy reading them and find them helpful or did you perhaps find them upsetting or just wrong?
I’m interested partly because I was bullied as a child at school, and it had a deep effect on me that lasted for years. That may be because, in those days, schools didn’t have good policies on bullying, and when my mother visited the school to compain, nothing was done. I started to feel that no one could help me and I would just have to put up with it – which was pretty horrible. Even now, I get scared going into a room full of people and sometimes feel afraid they will all suddenly turn on me. (I was bullied in the playground by a big group of kids all at once. There wasn’t much physical violence but they mocked my accent and told me I was rubbish and didn’t belong.)
I loved reading from an early age, but I don’t remember any good books that featured bullies when I was young. Maybe some of the school stories mentioned it (Enid Blyton etc), but I never felt it was anything like what I was going through.
Recently someone asked me to review a non-fiction book called Bullying – A Parent’s Guide, by Jennifer Thomson. Although it says ‘A Parent’s Guide’, I think it could be read by anyone of about eleven upwards. It has lots of information about what to do and who to turn to, if you think you are being bullied, either at school or somewhere else. This includes cyber-bullying too, on sites like Facebook and by text. The book is very reassuring, and reminds you that if you are being bullied, it’s not your fault. I wish Jennifer’s book had been around when I was young. The author says she was bullied herself, so she really understands.
Anyway, if you’ve read any other good books on the subject, please let me know.