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The best books to read during anti bullying week

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Anti-bullying week 2022 runs from Monday 14th to Friday 18th November and the theme this year is "Reach Out". The week includes Friendship Friday on the 18th, which is an opportunity to celebrate friendships and reach out to others. The week is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, who have also provided free primary resources and secondary resources to download plus a free, interactive tool for parents.

Here are a selection of children's books we'd recommend reading during this important week. 


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Keeper

New boy Shane Logan has a temper, but he's also a talented goalie. When Peter and his friends invite Shane to join their football team, he delivers a star performance in the first match. But Shane's not the only one who makes an impression. Hanging over him like a shadow is his dad, Mick, who yells orders and insults from the sidelines. What is Mick's problem? And why does Shane seem afraid of him? The more Peter gets to know Shane, the more he worries that something is wrong - and that Shane's not as tough as he seems.

A thought-provoking football story accompanied by fascinating facts about famous goalies and the history of goalkeeping from reluctant-reader favourite Alan Gibbons.

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The Feeling Good Club: Smash Your Worries, Bella!

Join Bella, Archie and Shazmin as they help each other to feel good and face their worries.

Bella couldn't be feeling worse about it being Feeling Good Week at school. With her best friend Rosh having moved away she's sad and lonely, and to top it all she has a Big Worry on her mind - the class talk. Then Bella's partnered with Shazmin and Archie and is surprised to see the shoots of a new friendship growing. They even form The Feeling Good Club to share their problems and express their feelings. But when Shazmin and Archie try to help Bella with her Big Worry things go badly wrong. How can Bella show her new friends how she feels?

The first in a fresh new series of accessible stories told in journal format, highlighting the benefits of mindfulness activities and sharing your feelings.

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The Offline Diaries

'A fresh, lively story about friendship - Ade and Shanice are such real girls' Jacqueline Wilson

The major new middle-grade series from the authors of Slay in Your Lane is here! A universal story of friendship, falling out and unforgettable characters that will resonate with all readers of 9 and up.

Ade is about to start at a new school. She is NOT happy with her stepdad for making them move here. Shanice has been at the school for a year already. Since her mum died, she's been living with her dad and annoying older brother, spending most of her time outside school in her dad's hair salon. When Ade and Shanice meet in the salon, and spot each other's diaries, an instant friendship is formed, and they start to chat online... but offline is a whole other story!

The Offline Diaries is a fresh, funny and contemporary story of friendship, told in the captivating voices of Ade and Shanice - two utterly unforgettable Year 8 girls who will seize the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere.

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Hope on the Horizon: A children's handbook on empathy, kindness and making a better world

No one is too small to make a change.

Growing up, there is so much out of our control and to feel frustrated about. But in this inspiring and practical handbook, bestselling children's author and Human Rights campaigner, Onjali Rauf, shares her top ten ways for finding hope, creating change and making a difference.

With the help of her favourite fictional characters and some of the most inspiring people she has ever met, Onjali invites readers to dive in and discover everything there is to know about kindness, empathy, friendship and fighting for the things that matter. (Plus, cool stuff like X-ray vision and detecting negative forces. Yes!)

Because with a bit of compassion, a big dollop of hope and even the smallest act of kindness, magical things can happen. Hope is on the horizon; here's how children everywhere can find it.

Parental guidance recommended: issues related to discrimination, injustice and prejudice are included.

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The Wondrous Prune

'A warm and charming journey of self-discovery; I particularly liked the irresistible voice of heroine Prune' - Fiona Noble, Bookseller _______________________ Magic comes from within ... Uprooted by her single mum along with her troublesome older brother, eleven-year-old Prune Robinson is trying to settle in a new town. She figures she can't burden her hard-working mother with the fact she's being bullied. Or the fact that her drawings have started coming to life. But with her brother soon in danger, Prune comes to realise that she can't hide her power forever; in fact, it might just be the one thing that brings her family back together and saves them all. Planned as the start of a series about remarkable children from the same neighbourhood, The Wondrous Prune is poignant and surprising with wonderful wish fulfilment and accessible storytelling.

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The Insiders

Secrets. Lies. Promises. Sometimes keeping things inside is dangerous. Callie, Ted, Zara, and Nico are best friends. More than friends - they're like family to each other. But since being embarrassed at school in a practical joke gone wrong, Ted has stopped talking to the rest of the gang. And when Callie, Zara and Nico discover that someone has been living in their school, and sleeping in the building at night, they decide to investigate - without Ted. A wise, heartwarming story of friendship and family, from the highly-acclaimed author of Ella on the Outside, Not My Fault, and How to be Me.

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The best books to read during anti bullying week

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