Good Reads – Intermediate / Secondary (Overseas books)

International Reviewed Books:


Bully on the bus by Kathryn Apel 

The bully on the bus taunts Leroy, then silences him with threats of worse to come. To distract him, his teacher introduces him to the adventures in The Big Bad Book of Fairytales. Hidden throughout are the clues that Leroy needs to overcome the bullying taunts once and for all. Read Kim Higginson's review here.


Real friends by Shannon Hale

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Timesbestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey. Read Kim Higginson's review here.


I am Jack by Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay's thoughtful story sheds light on the contagious and destructive nature of school bullying, and the power of humor, love, and community to overcome it. Read Kim Higginson's review here.


The big little book of resilience by Matthew Johnstone

The Big Little Book of Resilience is about developing flexibility, acceptance and self-compassion when those plans go awry. In this beautifully illustrated book, Matthew Johnstone guides the reader to an understanding of how resilience plays a key role in wellbeing. He offers an accessible roadmap to developing and maintaining resilience and how it can help you overcome and learn from difficult life events. Read Ivan Yeo's review here.


Starving the anger gremlin: A cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on anger management for young people by Kate Collins-Donnelly

This imaginative workbook shows young people how to starve their anger gremlin and control their anger effectively. Read Kim Higginson's review here.


Turtles all the way down by John Green

John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. Read Sophia Graham's review here.

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Bully by Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco has taken up the cause against bullies ever since Thank You, Mr. Falker, and her passion shines through in this powerful story of a girl who stands up for a friend.  Read Kim Higginson's review here.

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Dare! / Wierd! /Tough! by Erin Frankel 

These three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Luisa describes being targeted by bullying in Weird! Jayla shares her experience as a bystander to bullying in Dare! And in Tough!, Sam speaks from the point of view of someone initiating bullying. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience, eventually learning how to face her challenges with the help of friends, peers, and caring adults. Read Evie Ryan and Anna Mowat's review here.




















































































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