Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why You Gotta Be So Mean? YA/MG Fiction About Bullying



Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass (Meg Medina)
One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off.
icon
Everybody Sees the Ants (A.S. King)
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.
icon
icon
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin (Josh Berk)
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.
icon
icon
Jumped (Rita Williams-Garcia)
The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.
icon
icon
Rotters (Daniel Draus)
Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah.
icon
icon
Freefall (Ariela Anhalt)
Briar Academy senior Luke prefers avoiding conflict and letting others make his decisions, but he is compelled to choose whether or not to stand by the best friend whose reckless behavior has endangered Luke and may have caused another student's death.
icon
icon
Diary of a Witness (Catherine Ryan Hyde)
Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother's death, seeks a final solution.
icon
icon
Some Girls Are (Courtney Summers)
Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.
icon
icon
Mission (Un)Popular (Anna Humphrey)
Anxious to appear cool as she begins seventh-grade and missing the support of her best friend who attends another school, almost-thirteen-year-old Margot makes a series of disastrous choices when she befriends a hip, mean new girl.
icon
icon
Brutal (Michael B. Harmon)
Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious sixteen-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different.
icon
icon
Jump: A Novel (Ginger Rue)
A bullying, narcissistic high school junior discovers the transforming power of compassion when she literally "walks in someone else's shoes."
icon
icon
Magic and Misery (Peter Marino)
TJ, a sturdy teenaged girl with little self-confidence, becomes best friends with a new, gay student in her high school, and when he is bullied and she tries to convince him to tell the authorities, he refuses.
icon
icon
Scab (Robert Rayner)
Julian, a young aspiring photographer also known as Scab, is faced with a difficult decision when he must choose between getting a shot that will launch his career as a photographer, or saving the only person who cared about him while his parents neglected him and the kids at school bullied him.
icon
icon
The Hive (Kelley Powell Barcellona)
Brooke Stevens, the leader of a group of four popular middle-school girls who bully the other students, finds her life changing in a variety of ways when one of her secrets is revealed.
icon
icon
Totally Joe (James Howe)
As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography, and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.
icon
icon
Poison Ivy (Amy Goldman Koss)
In a government class three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their ruthless bullying of a classmate.
icon
icon
Kissing the Rain (Kevin Brooks)
Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder.
icon
icon
Burn: A Novel (Suzanne Phillips)
Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron's anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences.
icon
icon
Endgame (Nancy Garden)
Fifteen-year-old Gray Wilton, bullied at school and ridiculed by an unfeeling father for preferring drums to hunting, goes on a shooting rampage at his high school.
icon
icon
Gifted (Beth Evangilista)
Arrogant, mentally gifted George Clark has dreaded the eighth-grade class camping trip and its inevitable bullying, but a hurricane and a friend's loyalty make him realize what is important in life.
icon
icon
Egghead (Catherine Pignat)
Three teens, classic nerd Will Reid, his childhood friend Katie, and Devan, a member of the bully Shane's posse, struggle to redefine themselves and their life choices as they move into high school.
icon
icon
Playground (50 Cent)
After beating up Maurice on the playground, Butterball is is forced to see the school therapist.
*all book summaries in this post courtesy Titlewave.

2 comments:

  1. I liked Doug Wilhelm's The Revealers and Sue Mayfield's Drowning Anna as well. Great list.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lisa Yee's Warp Speed is excellent, too.

    ReplyDelete

Let's start a conversation! All commenting on Mrs. ReaderPants is moderated and CAPTCHA-free! Please submit your comment only once--it will appear shortly.