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7 Inspiring Back-to-School Books

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PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 7/28/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5556-5
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.875 x 10.25
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In this poignant story, a girl finds it funny when her classmate starts blushing on the school playground. Her friends laugh along with her, but one student takes the teasing too far. Torn between her sympathy for her classmate and her fear of the bully, the girl must make a difficult choice.

This heartfelt book will inspire readers to find the courage to take a stance against bullying and show compassion towards others.


 

Back to Front and Upside Down childrens bookBack to Front and Upside Down

Claire Alexander
Ages 4-7
Full-color illustrations throughout
Lexile: AD800L
HARDCOVER; Published: 6/6/2012
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5414-8
26 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 11.5 x 9.5
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It’s the principal Mr. Slipper’s birthday, and while the rest of the class gets busy writing cards for the occasion, Stan becomes frustrated when his letters come out all in a muddle. Stan is afraid to ask for help, until a friend assures him that nobody’s good at everything. And after lots and lots of practice, Stan’s letters come out the right way round and the right way up.

This delightful book deals with a common childhood frustration and will remind readers that practice pays off and that everyone has to ask for help sometimes.

Kids can add their own personal touch with a coloring page. Crayons not included.

 


 

Bully.com

Joe Lawlor

Ages 10—14
Lexile: 630L
PAPERBACK; Published: 4/1/2013
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5413-1
246 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.25 x 8
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Seventh grader Jun Li is a brilliant student, more comfortable around computers than people. But his world turns upside down when the principal accuses him of a cyberbullying incident. To prove his innocence, Jun has seven days to track down the true culprit.

Jun’s investigation will bring him face-to-face with computer hackers, a jealous boyfriend, and more than one student who has been a victim of bullying. But he discovers along the way that everyone’s story is more complicated than it seems — and that the people he meets might have more in common than they think.


https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/5317/ethan-suspended.aspxEthan, Suspended

Pamela Ehrenberg
Ages 11-14
Lexile: 820L
PAPERBACK; Published: 2/2/2009
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5317-2
272 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.25
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As he tries to find his way in this new world, Ethan also struggles with issues from the world he left behind — guilt about the events surrounding his suspension, anxiety about his parents’ separation, loneliness for the company of his family and friends.

Slowly, Ethan adjusts. He makes a few friends; he joins the jazz band and learns a new instrument; he even gets used to dried-out dinners at 4:30 pm. Along the way he learns a lot about prejudice and acceptance — and about himself and his changing family situation.

 


HARDCOVER; Published: 10/23/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5425-4
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 11.5″ x 10.25″
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A unique twist on the first day of school

Khepri lives in ancient Egypt, happily fishing alongside his father in the waters of the Nile. But today, Khepri will have to replace his fishing pole with the reed pens of a scribe: it’s his first day of school. As he and his father travel to Thebes, Khepri faces his anxieties about starting school and eventually finds a sense of peace.

From the author of Brother Hugo and the Bear, this gorgeous and poignant book delivers a relatable story in an unusual historical setting.


Not Exactly NormalNot Exactly Normal

Devin Brown
Ages 9-13
Lexile: 900L
PAPERBACK; Published: 6/29/2006
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5287-8
238 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5 x 7.25
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He was always so normal!

Todd Farrel attends tiny St. Luke’s Episcopal School in rural New England. Each year the sixth graders finish winter term with their big social studies reports. Wanting to make his report something special this year, Todd finally decides to write about mystical experiences — something definitely not normal. After doing some research, Todd determines that he needs to have his own mystical experience.

While practicing soccer with his best friend, Nitro, listening to an unusual teacher who encourages original thinking, and giving in to his curiosity about Leda, the intelligent but unusual (in Todd’s opinion) girl from California, Todd discovers some pretty extraordinary aspects to life in his ordinary world.

Not Exactly Normal is a book about being different and about fitting in, about accepting the differences of others and seeing ways that everyone is alike. It will challenge readers’ assumptions and help them look at the world and their lives in new ways.


HARDCOVER; Published: 9/5/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5510-7
48 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.25 x 9

A story for anyone who has felt like a fish out of water

There’s a boy in class who doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t yell when a student steps on his foot, and he writes his answers to the teacher’s questions on the board. One of his classmates is trying to understand why he’s so quiet, but she can’t figure it out. But then one day the class goes to the science museum, and she discovers a phone with an aquarium full of fish on the other end of the line. And the fish, as it turns out, aren’t silent after all—they just have their own way of communicating.

This empathy-building story will encourage readers to approach others with compassion and understanding.

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