Book Lists

Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Hayley


10 Great YA Books About Bullying

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Did you also know that for years there have been great writers taking on bullying, writing awesome books that look at all the different ways bullying can affect kids and teenagers? Let’s look at some of the best ones out there.

10 Great YA Books About Bullying

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Ten-year-old Auggie is just like every other kid, except that he was born with a facial deformity, a deformity that led to his being homeschooled as a way to protect him. But now he’s finally being allowed to go to school, only Auggie’s terrified, can he manage to make his school mates see past his deformity?

9. The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List

Every year a list goes up, no one knows who writes it, and it almost doesn’t matter. What matters is where you land on the list. One girl from each grade is ranked as either the prettiest or the ugliest. Following eight different girls, The List explores how we view others and more importantly, how we view ourselves.

8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


One of the most widely challenged YA books out there, Sherman Alexie’s hilarious book about teenager Arnold who lives on a reservation with his alcoholic parents and has been bullied his whole life takes on many major issues (alcohol addiction, the treatment of aboriginal people and bullying) but does so with effortless humour and charm.

7. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina


Unbeknownst to her, Piddy Sanchez has become Enemy #1 to Yaqui Delgado, who doesn’t like the way she walks, the way she talks or the fact that she’s not “latin” enough. At first Piddy chooses to ignore it, after all she’s got more important things on her mind, but soon avoiding Yaqui and her gang becomes all consuming, and Piddy has to decide does she run or stand up for herself?

6. Unfriended by Rachel Vail (technically middle grade but that doesn’t matter!)


After Truly is finally invited to join the “popular table” she can barely believe her luck. But it doesn’t take long for her excitement to turn to confusion and unhappiness. Her new “friends” who at first seemed so nice and welcoming drag her into a world of lies, rumours, backstabbing and misunderstandings – all of which takes place on line.

5. Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Fat Angie

Angie comes from a messed up home, her star-athlete, turned war hero sister went missing in Iraq and she’s constantly tormented by kids at school (especially a pack of crazy-awful mean girls.) Angie, who self medicates with junk food, doesn’t think her life can get any worse. When new girl KC Romance starts at her school Angie finally finds one person who doesn’t see her as “Fat Angie” and who isn’t afraid to be herself. Dark and hilarious this book is a definite must read.

4.  13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 Reasons

After Hannah takes her own life Clay Jensen is left wondering what led her to such a decision. When a box filled with cassettes made by Hannah lands on his doorstep he learns there were in fact 13 reasons for her decision, and he’s one of them. As Clay listens to Hannah’s story he’s taken on a journey through one girls agony and pain after rumour and innuendo destroy her reputation.

3. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King


Lucky Linderman’s home life isn’t that great. And at school he’s relentlessly bullied by Nade McMillan. Lucky copes by escaping into his dreams, where he makes himself a hero on a never ending adventure. Funny and clever Everybody Sees the Ants is all about learning to cope with everything life hands out.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky


Shy, unpopular Charlie is a misfit. Lonely ever since the death of his best friend, Charlie enters high school introverted and friendless. Told through a series of letters Charlie writes to a nameless “friend”, his first year of high school is discussed in great detail, with plenty of ups and downs, happiness and heartbreak. (After you read the book you should probably watch the movie with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman!)

 1. The Chocolate War by Richard Cormier

Chocolate War

This one’s a classic. It’s also all about how one kid decides to stand up and challenge the status quo. Ahead of it’s time ,The Chocolate War not only takes on the idea of fighting against the establishment, it also takes on fraternities/secret clubs and hazing.


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About the Author

Hayley Kelman is a writer, blogger and all around social media enthusiast living in Toronto. She currently acts as Social Media coordinator for the original, Canadian web series Ruby Skye P.I. (and loves every minute of it.)

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