Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: Mean Girl Makeover #3: Sorry I'm Not Sorry by Nancy Rue


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Tommy Nelson, for review and giveaway, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


And now for a book that would be great for Summer reading (hello Brain Drain!),
 before your kids start the school year back up in the Fall!


Synopsis:

Bullies aren’t born mean—through the vicious cycle of mean, bullies are made.
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 have amped up solving 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. The books show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.
Sorry I’m Not Sorry tells the story of Kylie Steppe, former queen bee of Gold Country Middle School. After bullying a fellow GCMS student, Kylie has been expelled—and she has to attend mandatory counseling. Without her posse to aid her and other peers to torment, Kylie focuses on the person who stole her GVMS popularity crown: Tori Taylor. As Kylie plots revenge on Tori, she attends therapy sessions, where she reveals a few details that might explain why she finds power in preying on her middle school peers. After a rough year with bullying backfire, will Kylie decide to become more empathetic with her peers?

It's hard for tweens to imagine why a bully acts the way she does. Sorry I’m Not Sorry shows girls that they hold the power to stop bullying through mutual understanding and acts of love.
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Review:
This third book (you can read about Book 1 and Book 2 also on this blog) in the middle grade fiction series for tween girls about bullying adds another dimesnion to bullying, to help tweens not only understand it, but cope and deal with it. While as parents we hope that our child will never be bullyied, the odds are against it. This book really helps girls to understand what can be behind the need for the bully to try to hold power over them. It is a topic I have discussed with Miss Grace more than once. I've found that when we break down WHY the person is trying to bully her, it tends to not only leasen their power over her, but to give her the means to stand up to them, and to stop it before it gets worse.

Having the book pick up right after book 2 helps tweens reading the series to see consequences and immediate actions, which is always a good thing. The book shows a realistic look at how someone CAN change, once they understand themselves why they are being a bully. The religious part of the book flows naturally, and honestly, and allows children strng in their faith to be well representedin a fictional way. If you haven't already gotten your yougn daughters this series, I highly recommend getting it and waiting til grade 2-3 to start reading with them. Hopefully they will not need the lessons from the series very much by then, but they will in the tween years, so better to have them prepared. Nancy has done an excellent job in this series, and it will be interesting to see where Book 4 takes us.



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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Giveaway: 

One BTHM reader will win their own copy of Mean Girl Makeover #3: Sorry I'm Not Sorry

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2 comments:

  1. I was bullied constantly in school, my nickname was "Short, Fat, and Ugly". I'd love to read this because of my experience.

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  2. My 9yo was just recently bullied. We talked to her teacher who talked to the girls and then got another teacher involved. They settled it and now all is good.

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