How to Beat Psychological Bullying

978-1-4488-6809-4. ea vol: 48p. (Beating Bullying Series). photos. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Rosen Central. 2012. PLB $29.25; ebook $29.25.
Gr 4–7—Each volume begins with a definition of the topic and explains ways bullying manifests itself ("Cyberbullying occurs in many ways, such as through the use of unwanted and rude email…."). However, very little space in these already short volumes is dedicated to actually teaching readers how to beat bullying; and much of the advice provided can be found in the countless other books on the subject (several of which are cited within). The large, stock photos; sidebars; and chapter headings eliminate space that could be used for useful information. The statistical data, examples of bullying that made the news, and detailed explanations of the efforts made by schools and legislators to halt it will prove useful for research. The 12 pages of end materials (one quarter of each volume) feature websites, hotlines, further reading, and agencies (which include resources for LGBT students) aimed at assisting bullied youth, and a healthy bibliography. Students will find these books a convenient starting point for further exploration of the topic, but they are too short to be more than that. Public and school librarians should turn to Annie Fox's "Middle School Confidential" series (Free Spirit).—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

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