Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday - Bystander by James Preller

WoW is brought to you courtesy of Jill at Breaking the Spine (which I never do) pls check out her blog for more books for your I wanna read it pile!

The Bystander
James Preller
Feiwel and Friends
October 2009

Every year we kick start the school year with our anti-bullying/respect program. Each grade level has a novel they all read and discuss and we watch videos, put on skits, and sign pledges. Last year our anti-bullying committee, which I'm on, bought these cute "got respect" t-shirts to wear.

We've had the program for three years now and we are looking for some new material. I read about The Bystander over at Literate Lives . I haven't been able to get it out of my mind! And that was in March!!! So when we started looking at titles, I brought up The Bystander, with the caveat that it doesn't come out until October and I haven't actually read it yet!

But my confidence in Literate Lives is solid. Hadn't they pointed me to Greetings, Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley, albeit unknowingly? Yes, yes they had. So, I am sure this book will be super fantastic. I am so sure, I wrote to the publisher to pls pls pls send me a few copies if they have any ARCs left so that I can read it and give the teachers more specific reasons why we shoud use it.

So, that's what I'm waiting on...what about you?

PS - i stoled the pichure from their catalog cuz i could not find one anywhere!!!

PPS - i 3> literate live's grand discussion and would love to do something like that at our school...


  1. An anti-bullying/respect program is sorely needed in many places. Do you find that it works?

  2. What a great program to start the school year with! That ought to be adopted in many countries!

  3. Sounds like a great program and a great WoW pick!

  4. This is the first time I am seeing the cover to Bystander, its beautiful. It sounds perfect for your program. I will be starting Catching Fire today.

  5. Lenore: we have noted that more reports are being filed so we hope that means children trust us not that there is more bullying. It also helps us all be on the same page.

    Doret: you are a meany.

  6. sounds like a good one for the program. every school (elementary, mg, and high school) should have this program or similar in place.

  7. I'm sold! But now I have to wait until October??? How I despise Waiting on Wednesday. I am so impatient! But this one sounds worth the wait.

    Thanks for sharing this title. You've introduced me to a new one.

  8. KB, you should stop by Preller's blog, he wrote an entry about bullying and Bystander today.

  9. Shalonda - I'm happy!
    Doret: The amazing thing is, besides James Preller linking to my blog, is that WE DO use the program that James is talking about!!!!

  10. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

  11. Thanks for directing me to your post. Isn't it nice to get recommendations from friends? I support anti-bullying programs for sure. I was just introduced to a great picture book about bullying: Don't Laugh At Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin. You can fine more info here and check ou the Don't Laugh At Me Project here which includes I believe info for teachers as well as parents. Great book and even though it's a picture book, it's for ages 4-12.

  12. Oooh, this one is already on my wishlist but I hadn't seen a cover yet. I love it!



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