Nerds and Bullies

9 May

Let me start by saying I embrace my nerdiness and pretty much always have. I have a twin & she & I were born opposites. As we grew, it was clear that she was the outgoing sporty twin;  I was the painfully shy,  bookish twin. So shy was I that I almost didn’t get to start kindergarten with my sister. They thought I might meed another year to mature socially.  Fortunately, I loved school & did very well.  In fact, school helped me overcome my shyness and gave me a confidence I lacked. This explains my decision in high school to join the Reach for the top team.

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I bring all this up because of The reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Neilsen.

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Henry’s brother was bullied, snapped and committed a terrible crime. Henry begins high school at a school where no one knows who he is and reluctantly joins their Reach for the Top team. This is an awesome book you should read.

So, I  got to thinking about other books I love that deal with nerds and bullies.  here are a few:

1. Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King  (Bullies)

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2. The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (Nerds)

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3. The Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Bullies)

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4. Howay for Wodney Wat  by Helen Lester (Bullies & Nerds)

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5. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Bullies)

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6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Nerds)

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7. The Cardturner  by Louis Sachar (Nerds)

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8. The Fingers of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

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Which titles would you add?

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