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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch
What would you do if you were verbally and physically bullied? Keep it a secret? How would you respond if a bully was harassing your friend physically right in front of you? Tell someone?
This middle-grade fiction drama is about Justin (aka J.J.), a multi-talented middle grader with low self-confidence in a multicultural school environment. Although J.J. is physically and verbally bullied by an upper-grade student at school, he is adored by his friends— Ace, Annie, Tara, and Lexi. This story, tragic and entertaining, will take a few twists and turns, with secrets eventually revealed.
Watch how Justin’s self-esteem transforms throughout the story. Learn how his friends, parents, and even his school find a way to reach out to Justin, the bully, and the bystanders in a non-threatening manner and create an environment of zero tolerance for bullying.
Readers will not want to miss the first official band rehearsal when the story, for J.J., takes a turn for the best.
Reach to the questions provided for each chapter in the back of the book to encourage insightful discussion with friends, parents, or teachers. Resources are provided as well.