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Book details
  • Genre:JUVENILE NONFICTION
  • SubGenre:Social Issues / Bullying
  • Language:English
  • Pages:31
  • eBook ISBN:9781620958131

The Little Book Of Retorts

A Teenager's Guide To Beating The Bullies

by Wendy Bollen

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Overview
The Little Book Of Retorts is a short guide for teenagers on how to beat the bullies. It is a non-fiction self-help book. It suggests a fresh and different approach to being bullied, giving examples of what to say in reply to unpleasant comments and how to say it. It is set out in sections which include information on the reasons for bullying, why people become victims and techniques for dealing with fear and anxiety. Deliberately brief and intended to be user friendly in order to appeal to the teen market, the main section details retorts which are illustrated with appealing animal cartoon figures
Description
The author was inspired to write this book by a real need in young people for practical strategies to help them deal with bullies. Traditional approaches to this simply don’t work (although well-intentioned) because they are based on misconceptions about bullies. This book takes a rather different, if controversial approach that is based on years of experience helping young people to stop being a victim. The author was previously a teacher but has worked for several years as a counselling psychologist and has run counselling services in a number of schools. She has done much research into the causes and effects of bullying and delivers training to schools on the most effective ways to tackle this problem. The Little Book Of Retorts- A Teenager’s Guide To Beating The Bullies is a short, non-fiction book or guide set out in sections rather than chapters. It is deliberately brief and intended to be user friendly in order to appeal to the teen market. The main section details retorts which are illustrated with appealing animal cartoon figures. The retorts are divided into several subsections to use as replies to specific types of comment, such as comments about being fat or being a geek. Other sections inform readers of the reasons bullies bully, who is likely to become a victim and how to use retorts confidently. As well as giving practical guidance and examples the book teaches cognitive behavioural strategies to help with anxiety and to overcome fear followed by some inspirational examples of people who have overcome bullying. Finally it offers a list of supportive helplines and websites.
About the author
Wendy Bollen has worked as a counselling psychologist with many hundreds of young people and helped them to deal with all kinds of problems and difficulties. By far the most common problem is being bullied. She realised that the advice usually given by teachers didn’t work, so based on her own experiences and those of the young people she works with Wendy has come up with a rather different approach which empowers victims by teaching them how to stand up to a bully. She has done much research into the causes and effects of bullying and delivers training to schools on the most effective ways to tackle this problem. Wendy lives in England with her two daughters.
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