Fiction books that deal with teen bullies. (2014)

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The Sweetheart of Prosper County
Jill Alexander

TEEN ALEXANDER

In a small East Texas town largely ruled by prejudices and bullies, fourteen-year-old Austin sets out to win a ride in the next parade and, in the process, grows in her understanding of friendship and helps her widowed mother through her mourning.


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LIE
Caroline Bock

TEEN BOCK

Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect 18-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy’s actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.


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The Cinderella Society
Kay Cassidy

TEEN CASSIDY

After winning a coveted spot on the high school cheerleading squad, sixteen-year-old newcoming, Jess Parker, is still treated as an “outsider” by the majority of the student body thanks to the harassment campaign led by the popular cheerleader she displaced.


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Leverage
Joshua Cohen

TEEN COHEN

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.


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Keep Holding On
Susane Colasanti

TEEN COLASANTI

Bullied at school and neglected by her poor, self-absorbed, single mother at home, high school junior Noelle finally reaches the breaking point after a classmate commits suicide.


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Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance
Edited by Rhoda Belleza

TEEN CORNERED

An anthology of fourteen stories illuminates the experiences of being bullied in today’s world, in a volume that includes contributions from such established writers as Kirsten Miller, Jennifer Brown, and James Lecense.


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Period 8
Chris Crutcher

TEEN CRUTCHER

Period 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie “The Bomb” Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.


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Girl on the Other Side
Deborah Kerbel

TEEN KERBEL

Tabby Freeman and Lora Froggett go to the same school, but they live in totally opposite worlds. Tabby is rich, pretty, and the most popular girl in her class. On the other side, Lora is smart, timid, and the constant target of bullies.


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Loss
Jackie Morse Kessler

Riders of the Apocalypse series
TEEN KESSLER

A lifetime of being bullied has left fifteen-year-old Billy angry and frightened, but when he is tricked into becoming Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, with the power to inflict diseases, he travels through time and memory to find Death in hopes of escaping his fate.


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Everybody Sees the Ants
A.S. King

TEEN 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 with their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.


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Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange

TEEN LANGE

When Dane, a bully, refuses to hit Billy because he has Down Syndrome, Billy takes that as a sign of friendship and enlists Dane’s help in solving riddles left in an atlas by his missing father, sending the pair on a risky adventure.


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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Meg Medina

TEEN MEDINA

One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delago 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. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?


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Colin Fischer
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

TEEN MILLER

A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.


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By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
Julie Ann Peters

TEEN PETERS

High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has had more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.


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Burn
Suzanne Phillips

TEEN PHILLIPS

Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron’s anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences.


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Freak
Marcella Pixley

TEEN PIXLEY

Twelve-year-old Miriam, poetic, smart, and quirky, is considered a freak by the popular girls at her middle school, and she eventually explodes in response to their bullying, revealing an inner strength she did not know she had.


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Crossing Lines
Paul Volponi

TEEN VOLPONI

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.


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Four Secrets
Margaret Willey

TEEN WILLEY

Through journal entries required by their social worker at a juvenile detention center, middle-schoolers Katie, Nate, and Renata relate how they came to kidnap their tormenter, Chase, a star athlete from the town’s most prominent family.


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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
Edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

SOCSCI TEEN IT

A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people.


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