★ MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS HONORING EXCELLENCE, GOLD
LEVEL 2021 ★
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
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.