Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
by, Emily Bazelon
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Available locally at The Bookman in Grand Haven and many other venues including e-versions and audiobook.
A NOTE FROM MS. EMILY BAZELON, THE AUTHOR, TO SPRING LAKE READERS
When I was in 8th grade, I had my own experience with bullying. First, my group of friends fired me, which I can say dryly now, but at the time it was immensely painful. Then I made a new friend, and when she was being bullied, I had the chance to help her by standing up to her tormentors, and I didn’t do anything. I’ve thought a lot about my own cowardice in that moment and it makes me want to figure out how to help other kids do better.
That question led me to write my first book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. I insisted on that mouthful of a subtitle because the most important lesson I learned from my research and reporting is that as parents and educators, we can’t just fight to stop bullying in schools and communities. We also have to help kids develop a strong foundation—what previous generations called moral fiber—if we want them to behave better in a group. And we also have to help instill in them the value of understanding—and valuing—other people’s emotions.
In order for that to happen, we have to talk about bullying—discuss how much it's happening in our communities, the harms, and the potential solutions. I am so honored that you in Spring Lake are using my book as a springboard for that discussion. It's a book of stories and ideas, and in talking to many many readers since the book came out earlier this year, I've heard conversations that have gone in so many productive directions. I really hope the book works for you! And I can't wait to hear your thoughts about it.
All the best, and with much gratitude and appreciation,