Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Review #6-- Nobody Can Take My Happy Away-- by Jessica Arnold and Patricia Arnold

     Emily and her family move to a new town and Emily has to go to a new school. She is excited at first, but she soon realizes that going to a new school wouldn't be easy.  Kids are mean to her just because they are a tiny bit different and Emily unfortunately has to endure this behavior from others. Emily gets teased on the first day, and the teasing and bullying just goes on and on. The bullying starts to to bother her and make her fell uncomfortable, worried and hurt her self esteem . It takes a strong, and mature person to overcome these things.
     Emily's feelings are hurt, but she tried not to show her true feelings. Kids kept saying she looks different, she sounds different, and her clothes are different. All Emily, or any kid in this situation, wants to do is fit in. Kids in this situation like Emily in the book begin to close up and build a wall around her. She finally realized she is different from others and much more unique (Which in my opinion can be a great thing), and nicer than others. The other kids just don't realize what damage they can do when bullying or teasing others.
     Fortunately for Emily she finds friends with the same interests as her. It's a great way to make friends! Her and her friends find ways to make things better for themselves by talking about  the bullies and drawing pictures to describe how they felt when people were treating them badly. There are so many good messages in this book it's hard to discuss all of them here. Arnold really sums up all the issues of bullying together in this great story about a teenage girl living a "normal" teenage life. A girl that  just wants to have fun, live life, and have friends to share her experiences with. --- The main message of this story is the title---Nobody can take your happy away... unless you let them! Lots of great messages at the end of the book as well.

A great picture I found about bullying... Only talking about it and educating others can help bring this awful behavior to an end!

Student Bullying
[Source: Buckfire and]

Student bullying in schools in the United States is a serious issue and very prevalent in our school systems today. The statistics show that a student is bullied every seven minutes in our country and that most bullying occurs on playgrounds. The effects of bullying are profound and have a major psychological impact on the bullied student and often causes learning problems in the classroom.
The majority of states have bullying laws on the books, but most are not significant enough to impact this problem or reduce the amount of bullying that occurs nationwide. Without more stringent laws and the actual enforcement of those laws, school systems will not feel the pressure to take the affirmative measures necessary to eliminate the bullying problem that terrorizes so many innocent and vulnerable children everyday.

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