Justin (aka J.J.) adores his friends but can’t seem to avoid being bullied. His lack of self-esteem leads him to be physically and verbally abused by an older student.
There are several secrets J.J. holds onto in this drama about middle-grade kids. Throughout, the reader will be drawn into his narration and inner thoughts concerning the struggles of being bullied.
From “Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top’s Surprise,” the first in the series, the reader will encounter Annie, Tara, Ace, and Lexi, who are all back again with their new awareness of ‘Being Better Than a Bully.’ New characters in this story will take your breath away before learning a similar lesson. This book uncovers how Ace was influenced to be a bully.
In school, J.J. is physically and verbally tormented by an older student. Often bullies will use their age or size to bully others. One wonders why J.J. doesn’t tell his teacher, nurse, principal, or even his parents. Thus begins J.J.’s secrets and transformation journey.
It is when J.J. is a bystander to the bullying of his own peers that his confidence shows up loud and clear. Throughout the story, we learn how friendship, school community, and a willingness to learn new strategies as the one bullied or a bystander can be resources to help themselves and others.
There are inspiring questions to aid enthusiastic family or classroom discussions, and resources in the appendix.