Editor’s note: Today we have a post from Maria, a youth services librarian at the East Cobb Library, on a sensitive topic: bullying. Maria’s an expert at finding the right resources for teens on all subjects, and today she’s bringing us a few titles on bullying.

Bullying…we hear about it on the news and know that the outcome can be grim, dangerous and sadly, even deadly. As a youth services librarian, I get the chance to speak to many teens which is one of my favorite parts of the job. But what has become “not so favorite” in the last year is learning that many teens who visit the library, teens in my very own community, experience bullying on a daily basis to the point that it has become a routine part of their lives.  I find myself being infuriated by the stories I hear to feeling deeply saddened by what some teens have to endure at school.

Type in “teen bullying” into any search engine and you will find many websites devoted to this topic. Lots of interesting facts.  Did you know that almost one in three middle and high school students experience bullying? So if you are being bullied, you are definitely not alone.

Bullying has many faces, but it always has the same goal…to hurt and cause harm. Bullying can be physical (hitting, kicking), verbal (teasing), emotional (spreading rumors, social outcasting), and the newest form, cyberbullying, which is using technology like texting and social media to do the damage.

Bullying is NEVER the fault of the victim and it is NOT a normal part of growing up!

Okay, you know I’m a librarian so of course I have to introduce books in some way! But seriously, one other way that you are never alone is with books.  There are a lot of great teen novels in which the characters experience bullying. Some of these books do not paint a pretty picture, though, but then again, neither does bullying.

These are just a few titles that you can find at your Cobb County Library. If the book is not at your library, ask the librarian to get it for you. We can easily do that.

Freak coverI am on a mission to read these books.  I have just started reading Freak by Marcella Pixley. I’ll report on it when I’m finished.  And I invite all of you to send me your suggestions of good reads on the subject (or any good “must read”). Tell me about the book, what you liked about it (or didn’t like).  Email me at domingum@cobbcat.org. I look forward to hearing about what you have to say.

Books about Middle School:

 Misfits by James Howe

 Freak by Marcella Pixley

 Fat Boy Chronicles by Michael Buchanan

Adam Canfield, Watch your Back! by Michael Winerip

My Big Mouth by Peter Hannan

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis

Freak the Mighty by W.R. Philbrick

Books about High School:

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

Brutal by Michael Harmon

By the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Bullyville by Francine Prose

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Poison Ivy by Amy Koss