Sunday, December 2, 2012

WEIRD! by Erin Frankel, illustrated by Paula Heaphy

Lexile     540          Pages     48          Ages     5 - 9

Luisa is being bullied at school by Sam, a girl in her class.  No matter what Luisa does, or says, or wears, Sam tells her she's weird.  At first, Luisa believes her and each time Sam tells her she's weird she stops doing whatever it is that Sam is making fun of.  Pretty soon Luisa doesn't feel like herself at all but doesn't know what to do about it.  Finally, she talks to her mother who tells her that she is perfect just the way she is. Luisa thinks about it and decides she is going to ignore Sam and see what happens.  To her surprise, all of her friends are happy to have the old Luisa back - they saw what was happening but didn't know any more than Luisa what to do about it.  Luisa discovers that the more she ignores Sam, the less Sam picks on her.

Weird! is the first book of a trilogy about bullying, a problem that seems to be growing in our schools today.  Children who have been subjected to a bully will quickly identify with Luisa, recognizing her hurt and confusion.  Luisa's story should help them see there is a solution and that the issue is not theirs in the first place - that the bully is the one with the problem.  The story should also help other children understand just how devastating bullying can be, and that they should be friendly with everyone and treat them with respect. 

Weird! should be a must-read for elementary grades and if it is an indication of how good the trilogy is, Dare! (number two), and Tough! (number three) should be added to your shelf as well.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Weird! can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here   and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Dare! explores bullying from the bystander's point of view. It is on order and can be placed on hold by clicking here:

Tough! is the viewpoint of the bully. You can place your hold here:

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