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Dare!

A Story About Standing Up to Bullying in Schools

illustrated by Paula Heaphy
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Jayla feels threatened by her classmate Sam, who has bullied her in the past for her “nerdy” love of astronomy and stars. Sam is now bullying Jayla’s friend Luisa, and she enlists Jayla to participate. Jalya reluctantly joins in but soon realizes it is wrong. With the help of caring adults and friends, Jayla comes to sympathize with Luisa and finds the courage to dare to stand up to Sam and put an end to the bullying.

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.

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PB ISBN: 978-1-57542-439-2
HC ISBN: 978-1-57542-399-9
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 5–9
Guided Reading Level: M
Lexile Measure: 330L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 9.5" x 8"
Page Count: 48

Praise for Dare!:

“Useful titles particularly for schools, but also for public libraries that see a fair number of requests for character-education titles.”School Library Journal

“The [series’] message is loud and clear; this should find a home in every school library.”—Kirkus Reviews

“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

“An excellent tool for teaching school-age children good mental health techniques to survive and grow beyond bullying.”—Midwest Book Review

“Dare! shows sensitivity to the child who has endured bullying for some time and shows how much fear he or she lives with . . . The emphasis on courage in this book is helpful to any child facing bullying in his or her daily life. The reading activities included in the book are excellent both for young readers to do on their own or for teachers or counselors who want to make a unit out of the books. I continue to be impressed by this series.”—3rdGradeReading.net

“Incredibly insightful . . . a must-own for educators.”—Imagination Soup

“Creates the perfect teachable moment to encourage respect for others and oneself, therefore helping to prevent bullying.”—CJ Bott, author of The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom and More Bullies in More Books

“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

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

Help young readers get the most out of the Weird series.

  • Common Core State Standards

    RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
    RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10
    RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10
    SL.1.1,1a,1b,2,4,5
    SL.2.1,1a,1b,2,4
    SL.3.1,1b,1d,2,4
    W.1-3.8

  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.6
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.9
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.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


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