GOOD Books: No More Bullying
Drew Ferraro, a California high school student, committed suicide last week after allegedly being bullied at school. After a spate of similar suicides last year, Ferraro's case has brought the problem of bullying back to the limelight, but it's been a ripe topic for novelists for decades (an upcoming documentary called Bully became controversial after the MPAA awarded it an R rating). Click through to see some of the best young adult books about kids being picked on and the varying ways they respond.
A New Installation Gamifies the Future of Los Angeles Always “becoming something else” is an essential part of L.A.’s urban DNA.
Calendar Famous for Objectifying Women’s Bodies Celebrates Their Accomplishments Instead The 2016 Pirelli calendar features photographs of women powerhouses who are, for the most part, clothed.
4Chan Trolls ISIS by Photoshopping Rubber Duckies Over All Their Propaganda Footage Meme-minded internet users take a quack—er, crack at the slick propaganda the terrorist group has become known for.
Australian Photographer Repurposes Vintage Photos Into Fascinating New Stories Jane Long has breathed new life into the work of a Romanian photographer.
After Mosque Arson, This Synagogue Opened Its Doors to Muslims in Need of a Place to Pray How a hate crime meant to tear a city apart ended up bringing two communities closer together than ever before.
NSA Ends Phone Metadata Program, But Surveillance Reform Efforts Are Far From Over “This is a victory for everyone who believes in protecting both American security and Americans’ constitutional rights.”
As a new kid in seventh grade, Eric Hayes makes friends with the confident and popular Griffin Connelly. But there's a dark side to Connelly's natural leadership skills—he's the classic bully. Once Hayes decides to stand up to him, he moves suddenly from bystander to victim. Preller captures the tension of bullying and standing up for what's right.
Miriam Fisher feels different from her seventh-grade friends. She enjoys poetry and reading the Oxford English Dictionary. The "watermelon girls" at school harass her, teasing and taunting her in front of everyone. Miriam resists conformity, inspiring others to do the same.
By Kathe Koja
Buddha Boy is a tale of two unlikely friends who must face the cruelties of being different. Justin, an average kid, pairs up with Jinsen, the Buddha Boy, for a school project, and becomes fascinated with Jinsen's artistic abilities despite the other kids' taunts. As the plot unfolds, Koja not only reveals the horrors of Jinsen's torment, but also the deep, psychological motivations that underlie bullying.
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
A high school outcast known as Fanboy is bullied while his best friend becomes popular. But after meeting the cynical, comic-loving Goth Girl, Fanboy can't resist having a friend who understands him. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl is a gripping story of overcoming bullying and fighting back.