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At this school, there are some children who push and tease and bully. Sometimes they hurt other kids by just ignoring them.
The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn’t enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid? Could it be as simple as sitting on the bus with the girl no one has befriended (and discovering that she has a great sense of humor)? Resources at the end of the book will help parents and children talk about teasing and bullying and find ways to stop it at school.One child at a time can help change a school.
Since its release in May 2004, this book has sparked Say Something weeks in schools from Maine to Shanghai. It has been turned into plays, distributed to hundreds of kids at conferences, read by principals on large screens, and rewritten by students in several schools (Do Something! is a favorite title). Most importantly, Say Something has helped start countless conversations among kids and adults about teasing.
We’re celebrating with this new edition, updated with a new cover and an author’s note.
Fountas & Pinnell Level O
“Moss tackles the ever-present issue of teasing by specifically talking about what someone should say when they see someone else being teased. The main character of the story sees teasing happening all around her, but at first, she stays silent. When the tables are turned on her, she quickly realizes that being an innocent bystander won't work any longer. She uses the newfound empathy to comfort other targets of bullying and prove the harmfulness of teasing and the power of friendship. The illustrations from Lea Lyon do a wonderful job of depicting the emotions of the characters and Moss even includes some discussion questions at the end to make sure the lessons really hit home.” — Kylie Hall, Teacher.org
“Most appropriate for children in grades two through six but, this short, sweet story offers a lesson for all ages -(National Education Association)” — NEA Today
“Activating child bystanders...helpful in raising this issue for discussion... compelling enough to be useful to discussions... all age groups.” — New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
“...excellent resource, written with clarity, sensitivity and directness.” — Black Issues Magazine
“Simple text...realistic watercolor drawings will pull readers into this story...One person can make difference is the theme...” — Kansas City Star
“K-Gr. 3 Can one person make a difference? Moss' obviously didactic book, which seems designed for group discussion about bullying, focuses on the role of the bystander, a girl who sees the sadness of the victim but does nothing ("I walk on the other side of the hall. I don't say those things"). Realistic, lively watercolor illustrations show the child in a diverse school community, where kids are picked on and called names for being slow or different. The girl feels sad for them, but she looks away--until one day, when she is alone, the bullies make her cry, and her friends do nothing. The dramatic climax is quiet: the girl reaches out to a child who always sits alone on the bus, and the children have fun together. This is one of the best of the recent books for discussion about teasing; its direct, first-person narrative and informal portraits bring close classroom, hallway, and schoolyard scenarios for kids and adults to talk about. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved” — Hazel Rochman, ALA