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Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

Judith Gips, May 19, 2015

Emily Bazelon here gives us a wandering but ultimately connected view of three very different, recent cases of children and teens who are hazed and bullied in a school and Internet world. This book is valuable as Bazelon pushes beyond the simplistic dichotomy of victim and bully and provides a glimpse into a complex world of uneasy power relationships in the edgy world occupied by tweens and teens. An added attraction is the view into Facebook corporate "security" culture, what is is and what it can never be.
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Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

Judith Gips, May 19, 2015

Emily Bazelon here gives us a wandering but ultimately connected view of three very different, recent cases of children and teens who are hazed and bullied in a school and Internet world. This book is valuable as Bazelon pushes beyond the simplistic dichotomy of victim adn bully and provides a glimpse into a complex world of uneasy power relationships in the edgy world occupied by tweens and teens. An added attraction is the view into Facebook corporate "security" culture, what is is and what it can never be.
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Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

Judith Gips, May 19, 2015

Emily Bazelon here gives us a wandering but ultimately connected view of three very different, recent cases of children and teens who are hazed and bullied in a school and Internet world. This book is valuable as Bazelon pushes beyond the simplistic dichotomy of victim adn bully and provides a glimpse into a complex world of uneasy power relationships in the edgy world occupied by tweens and teens. An added attraction is the view into Facebook corporate "security" culture, what is is and what it can never be.
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My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiend by Judith Viorst
My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiend

Judith Gips, December 1, 2014

Judth Viorst is once again at her funniest, most reassuring, mildly self-deprecatory humor when talking abut her own children (and by extension, everyone's children) and herself (and by extension, other loving and often confused parents.) This book bears a gentle "everyone makes mistakes" message that puts children's fears and parents' often flawed authority in a warm and raessurng context. Much like the better-known companion book, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "My Mama Says..." gives children and adults perspective to laugh at their own foilbles and those of others, with no lecturing. Delightful, and very helpful for children who get edgy at Halloween, bedtime, and/or when their parents are just plain mistaken.
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Una Storia Segreta: The World War II Evacuation And Internment Of Italian Americans by Lawrence Distasi
Una Storia Segreta: The World War II Evacuation And Internment Of Italian Americans

Judith Gips, September 8, 2014

"Una Storia Segreta" is a well-presented anthology of narrative history and family anecdotes that tells a little-known (and ugly) history of the Italian people in the United States, especially on both coasts. Italian immigrants and their descendents were always somewhat marginalized by an Anglo-based US culture of soial power and access, and much of the harassment of Italians during WWII had its roots in this bias (rather than in any threat posed to the people of the US from fascist Italy via Italian Americans.) Through primary documents such as photograph and letters, oral history, and strong narrative writing, we come to know the shameful "secret history" of the Italian American exclusion that closed down farming, fishing, and other traditional industries and seripously disrupted family life in many communities in the improbable name of national security during wartime.
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