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Annotated Bibliography of Books by Category


Level identifier in parentheses at end of descriptions
PB – picture book,
I – intermediate (most can be read to primary),
M – middle school,
H – high school.

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Girl Rising: Changing The World One Girl At A Time by Tanya Lee Stone. Wendy Lamb Books/Penguin Random House, 2017. After seeing the film, Girl Rising, Stone could not stop thinking of the journeys these girls had each taken after being sold into marriage by their families at ages too young, some at five years of age, to be legal. She contacted the film’s producers who were excited to share their research to enable her to create this nonfiction book.

In Nepal at the celebration that ends winter and celebrates the coming of Spring, parents know there will be Kamlari (a practice of bonded labor that has existed quietly for generations) brokers present to buy girls for their masters. The parents have come to believe that because of their extreme poverty this action will at least assure their daughters will be able to have food. One of her sources, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s Global Report Trafficking in Persons, 2014, provided the following statistics from 2011 (p 31):

Victims by gender and age –

  • 49% women, 18% men,
  • 21% girls and 18% boys

  Forms of Exploitation Among Trafficking Victims –

  • Forced Labor – 40%,
  • Sexual Slavery – 53%,
  • Other – 7%.

Stone tells the stories of several of these girls who have managed to escape or been rescued and were then able to attending school. The book is a masterpiece, combining the girls’ stories, incredible photography, and Stone’s sensitive and stirring narrative. It will be an award winner.

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Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen. Free Spirit, 2001. This picture book shows the many good things hands can do. (PB)

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Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain, Free Spirit Publishing, 1997. With practical guidelines and cartoon like illustrations, this book is a necessity for students, teachers, and parents. (I/M/H)

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Bullying: Deal With It Before Push Comes to Shove. Slaven, Elaine, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan. James Lorimer & Company, 2003. Written for students, this highly illustrated booklet is excellent on discussing all types of bullying and has quizzes and self checks to get the points across clearly. Part of a series. (M/H)

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Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner with Emily & Sarah Buder. HarperCollins, 2008. After the bullying of Olivia Gardner made the news, two sisters started a letter writing campaign to show her she was not alone. (M/H)

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More than a Label by Aisha Muharrar, Free Spirit Publishing, 2002. Muharrar was still in high school when she wrote this book, but it isn’t an English class assignment. She compiled her research from over one thousand Teens Label Surveys and wove that information with her thoughts—which are pretty down to earth. (M/H)

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Bullycide in America: Moms Speak Out About the Bullycide / Suicide Connection compiled by Brenda High. JBS Publishing, Inc., 2007. EBook:www.bullycide.org Seven mothers whose children have committed bullycide tell their stories. (H)

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