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Weird! (hardcover)
A Story About Dealing with Bullying in Schools
The Weird Series (Book 1)

Erin Frankel and illustrated by Paula Heaphy 
Weird! (hardcover)

Luisa is repeatedly teased and called “weird” by her classmate Sam, even though she is simply being herself—laughing with her friends, answering questions in class, greeting her father in Spanish, and wearing her favorite polka dot boots. Luisa initially reacts to the bullying by withdrawing and hiding her colorful nature. But with the support of her teachers, parents, classmates, and one special friend named Jayla, she is able to reclaim her color and resist Sam’s put-downs. 

The three books in the Weird series tell the story of an ongoing case of kids bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. The books may be read separately or as a set; readers will enjoy tracking small details that carry over from one book to another. These books on bullying each conclude with “activity club” pages for kids, as well as information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults reinforce the books’ messages and foster dialogue with children. Order all three hardcover books in the Weird series and save over 25%!

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A Leader's Guide to the Weird series, books on bullyingNot sure how to use the books in the Weird series in your classroom, counseling, or after-school setting? Download A Leader’s Guide to the Weird series for discussion questions, activities, and suggestions to help foster a caring community of learners in your classroom, school, and community.

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Common Core State Standards

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student
MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.6
BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.9
BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9



48 pages, illustrated, hardcover, full-color, 9½" x 8", ages 5–9, Lexile measure: 540L, ISBN 978-1-57542-398-2

F&P: Grade 2/Ages 5–9/M
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“The Weird series encourages children that are being bullied to stand up for themselves . . . bystanders to act when they see something bad happening . . . [and] children who are bullying others to reassess their actions and motivations.”—The Children’s Book Review

“[One of] 50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message.”—Positively Positive

“Each title shows readers, through the texts and the expressive ink illustrations, what each child feels . . . [and suggests] simple group activities that model positive behaviors.”—School Library Journal

“A valuable contribution to anti-bullying literature.”—

“An excellent tool for teaching school-age children good mental health techniques to survive and grow beyond bullying.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch, Reviewer’s Choice

“A good discussion starter.”—Booklist

“My kids and I loved the Weird series . . . the books were incredibly insightful and provoked good discussion. Well written by Erin Frankel, beautifully illustrated by Paula Heaphy, and published by the always inspiring Free Spirit Publishing, [this series] is a must-own for educators, if not parents.”—Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

“A much-needed tool in dealing with the growing problem of bullying in our schools and country.”—CJ Bott, author of The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom and More Bullies in More Books

“[T]he well-drawn characters have real problems with . . . credible resolutions.”—Kirkus

“AMAZING and EMPOWERING—the books in the Weird series are absolutely out of this world! They’re my favorite books on bullying by far.”—Roxanne Davidson, school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

“The wonderful books in the Weird series are great resources to help build young children’s social skills to address and prevent bullying.”—Trudy Ludwig, children’s advocate and best-selling author of Confessions of a Former Bully

“The Weird series is a delightful three-part story that explores the roles of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander and how children can break out of those roles and be their unique, caring selves. Not only for kids, this series is a must for parents, educators, and caregivers who want to help children end the cycle of cruelty.”—Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

“I love this series. Kids are sure to empathize with the characters and recognize their own power to stop bullying.”—Dr. Michele Borba, internationally recognized child expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

In the Real World
“I did a three-part lesson with all three books in the Weird series with our fourth-grade class and they loved it! You could hear a pin drop when I was reading (which is rare!) and the kids really looked forward to the lesson each week with a new character to discuss. They created artwork based on the books. Thank you so much for this wonderful series. I can’t wait to get into the rest of our classrooms to use this. We are a K–8 charter school and I can see the relevance for every grade level!”—Meagan Schultz, school counselor, Milwaukee College Prep

Item No: 23982W

Price: $15.99


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