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Number of Pages: 218
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 X .5 (inches)
Series: Mean Girl Makeover
Bullying doesnt end in the hallway anymorewith a smartphone or tablet, it can happen anywhere.
According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bulliedand 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up discussions on how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.
Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different characters point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.
You Cant Sit With Us, the second book in the series, tells the story of Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School. Ginger has been the brunt of teasing and taunting from the queen bee of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack. Kylie and the Pack favor a new and especially hurtful medium of taunting: social networking. What follows is a candid look into the growing world of cruel cyberbullying, showing kids that bullying doesnt always end at schoolit can now follow you even into your home and torture 24 hours a day.
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.
Sofia Marie5 Stars Out Of 5An authentic voice on a hard topicDecember 20, 2016Sofia MarieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Typical Ginger: "Now, tell me the names people call you. Think of them as the labels they put on you. I didnt remind her we only had fifteen minutes left. Annoying, I said right away. She wrote Annoying on one of the notes and stuck it on the front of my T-shirt. What else? Loser, I said. That went on a note and then on my shirt. We continued with Smelly, Not Girly, Loud, Obnoxious, Klutz, Weirdo, Fat, Freak, Bullhorn, Stupid, and Ugly."
After all that had been done about anti-bullying, Ginger thought she was finally safe from the Pack's tauntings. Wrong. Kylie and her friends have resumed their bullying - now undercover. They have ways to hurt her without anyone ever being able to pinpoint it to them. And this time Ginger can't tell others about it... or something worse might happen.
Ginger's voice was really authentic. I liked getting to know more about her and what she felt about her mom dying years ago and their family's constant moving. It hurt when she couldn't sit with her friends anymore because the bullies said so. The way Ginger grew and matured throughout the story is simply beautiful.
Bullying isn't a joke. It's real and it's out there. You Can't Sit With Us deals more with the word-bullying than the hit-and-punch bullying. The type of bullying that leaves you feeling like a looser and a nerd. The type that threatens a girl through email and spreads rumors on Twitter and vandalizes her dad's car. The type that's hard to pin point and that's easy to miss for the adults. But it's still there.
"You Can't Sit With Us" is Nancy Rue's second book in the anti-bullying series. It is told from the bullied girl's point of view. Ginger learns that sometimes bullying won't go away and that she can't give away the power to be herself even when it's hard. There is also discussion on how to do that.
If you want some great fiction with an even greater message, you might enjoy this book. The first one - "So Not Okay-" is told from the bystander's point of view. "Sorry I'm Not Sorry," the third book, is told from the bully's point of view.
If you'd like more information on the anti-bullying campaign you can visit the movement's website.
LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5So Grateful For This Series!February 23, 2015LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was another eye-opening story in the mean girl makeover trilogy. I admit that a few times I almost cried, but I also laughed, cheered, and just simply couldn't stop reading.
I liked Ginger in book one SO NOT OKAY, but I really loved getting to know her in this one. She is so awesome! I'm so glad that her talents, personality, and things she loves came out to others. I also really liked Colin and how he had a big role in this one (you'll have to read the book to find out more about him).
I mentioned the story was eye-opening earlier and it was on many levels because last year my little sister got bullied (just not to the same extent as Ginger). It was heart-breaking to think of what she felt during that time, especially since I know I was not the most understanding. I know that after reading YOU CANT SIT WITH US I want to be more like Lydia where I can be a trusted person to come too and encourage girls to be all Jesus called them to be.
I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who works with tween girls as well as these same girls. It can be life-changing.
(I received this novel from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.)