Did you know that one out of four kids is bullied at school? And that 85% of those situations never receive intervention? Those numbers are way too high and so not okay. It feels like stories of bullying are on the rise, and it breaks my heart. I’m sure we have all read one of those terrible stories or perhaps even know a child who has been bullied. That’s why I love Nancy Rue’s new book, So Not Okay, the first of a trilogy in the Mean Girl Makeover series.
This middle school fiction series for tween girls is told from three different perspectives…the bully, the victim, and the bystander. So Not Okay is told from the perspective of the bystander. It’s powerful as it shows the struggle that 6th grader Tori Taylor has as she witnesses the painful tormenting that new girl, Ginger, receives from the “Pack,” aka the popular girls in school. Does Tori become a silent watcher as the jabbing words lead to Ginger running to the bathroom in tears? Or does she step in and risk becoming another target for the Pack? It’s a dilemma that I think a lot of girls face and why I think this book is a must read for those in the 8-12 age range. It helps girls identify with Tori as she faces the moral dilemma of what to do. We all want our kids to make the right decisions and to live life reflecting Jesus. I believe this book is a tool that will encourage them to do just that!
I have one copy of So Not Okay up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Giveaway is open to US residents only (or those with US addresses) and ends Wednesday, May 28th at 11:59 PM CST. Enter through Rafflecopter below!
You can take a look at the So Not Okay flipbook to get a preview of the book. Also, join the So Not Okay anti-bullying movement by using the hashtag #SoNotOkay!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of So Not Okay from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Elisa | blissfulEMay 22, 2014 at 2:12 am
Along these same lines, I borrowed the book "Queen Bees and Wannabees" from the library and thought it was helpful in illuminating these issues, from a parent perspective.
The HerdMay 24, 2014 at 1:54 am
My oldest would like this!
MaryAnneMay 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm
This book sounds excellent. I will have to look for a copy for Emma.
Nancy RueAugust 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm
Thank you SO much, Jen. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. The mini-women will too. Blessings, Nancy Rue