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Throwing the book at bullies

Looking to children’s authors to change the schoolyard status quo

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IN MANY children’s books, bullying encapsulates a central dilemma of growing up: how to find your voice when others (often bigger, older, or more powerful) seem determined to keep you silent. The quirky kid dodging daily harassment from schoolyard antagonists has become almost a cliché of middle-grade and YA fiction, while books for younger children aim to address bullying before it moves out of grown-ups’sight and onto social media.

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Christopher Paul Curtis; His journey from autoworker to bestselling author page 14 Kidlit Spotlight; Writers are throwing the book at bullying page 21