Review: WEIRD! by Erin Frankel

Monday, July 24, 2017

Title: WEIRD!
Author: Erin Frankel
Category: Childrens
Pub. Date: 07/27/2012
Publisher: Free Spirit Pub.
Format: Kindle
Pages: 48
Series: WEIRD 

Luisa is repeatedly teased and called "weird" by her classmate Sam, even though she is simply being herself—laughing with her friends, answering questions in class, greeting her father in Spanish, and wearing her favorite polka-dot boots. Luisa initially reacts to the bullying by withdrawing and hiding her colorful nature. But with the support of her teachers, parents, classmates, and one special friend named Jayla, she is able to reclaim her color and resist Sam’s put-downs.
The Weird! SeriesThese three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Luisa describes being targeted by bullying in Weird! Jayla shares her experience as a bystander to bullying in Dare! And in Tough!, Sam speaks from the point of view of someone initiating bullying. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience, eventually learning how to face her challenges with the help of friends, peers, and caring adults.

My Review: 
I am going to say first here that I have not read the second or third book in this series. I will say though that as a person who was bullied all thru school the first book hit home hard. 

As an adult, mother, grandmother I have prayed and still pray for my kiddo's each day that first and for most they do not bully, and that they are not bullied themselves.  I think we all have read or heard more than ever before that being bullied in some way or form ends badly. For me, I never told about being bullied myself until being an adult, mother and etc. It took many years for me to even talk about the subject. 

For Luisa it is hard for a girl who is just trying to be herself. And like some who have been in her shoes she does withdrawal. Her character is well written as well as believable. I would like to see this series in every grade school. 

The illustrations are great and story well told. 
For the reasons above I am giving this book and author as well as the illustrator (and if I could it would be much much higher rating) a Big Breath of Life rating of: 

Five Clock Rating!!!! 
Disclosure: I did receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Authors: 

Erin Frankel has an M.A. in English education and is passionate about teaching and writing. She taught ESL in Madrid, Spain, before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three daughters. Erin knows firsthand what it feels like to be bullied, and she hopes her stories will help children stay true to who they are and help put an end to bullying.



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