Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: So Not Okay Mean Girl Makeover Series by Nancy Rue

And now for a book that is perfect for Summer reading,
for all the tweens in your life!

So Not Okay Mean Girl Makeover cover


There is no such thing as neutral.
According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied—and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up the discussion of how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids. 
Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character’s point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. Each girl has a different personality so that every reader can find a character she relates to. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for kids.
So Not Okay tells the story of Tori Taylor, a quiet sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School in Grass Valley, California. Tori knows to stay out of the way of Kylie, the queen bee of GCMS. When an awkward new student named Ginger becomes Kylie's new target, Tori whispers a prayer of thanks that it’s not her. But as Kylie’s bullying of Ginger continues to build, Tori feels guilty and tries to be kind to Ginger. Pretty soon, the bullying line of fire directed toward Ginger starts deflecting onto Tori, who must decide if she and her friends can befriend Ginger and withstand Kylie’s taunts, or do nothing and resume their status quo. Tori’s decision dramatically changes her trajectory for the rest of the school year.
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This book is aimed at ages 8 - 12, tween girls. It is a timely topic, with bullying being foremost in the media and at schools This is book 1 in this new series, and takes the viewpoint of the bystander watching the bullying (the next 2 books will be from the viewpoints of the bully and the victim). It seems to me that the meanness and bullying is starting younger and younger (we had to deal with it in K-3!), and one has to wonder if it is from the onslaught of technology and media awareness that kids as young as preschool have now. It is because they form their awareness of self based on false media images and then act out when they can't achieve perfection, or when others do? 

Rue takes a tough topic and brings it down to a level where tweens can truly focus on the basic idea of right and wrong, and how even being a bystander means you ARE involved. By using a 'code' the tweens learn how to overcome the bullying. As a parent I was thrilled to see the Christian aspects of it, and how it will allow for plenty of discussion between kids and parents! I'm donating a copy to my daughter's new school library, as I know that there will be girls who will NEED to read this book, to learn what to do if it affects them or their friends/family! We highly recommend this book for parents of all tweens!

About the Author:
Nancy Rue is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween, teen, and young women's issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs. Check out her website: for more info.


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  1. I have not as yet discussed this subject. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. When I was young this was not addressed nor mentioned. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. We talk about how it would feel to be bullied and how you can help someone that is bullied.


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