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We Want You to Know (hard cover)

by Deborah Ellis

We Want You to Know  (hard cover)

In this book, Deborah proposes to allow kids with individual perspectives to talk about their own experiences, revealing the problem to be as varied as the possible solutions explored.

Through her association with a community anti-bullying campaign launched in Haldimand, Norfolk, and neighboring communities in Southern Ontario, children's author Deborah Ellis asked students from the ages of nine to nineteen to talk about their experiences with bullying. The results are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing accounts of "business as usual" in and around today's schools. The kids in this book raise questions about the way parents, teachers, and school administrators cope with bullies. They talk about which methods have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed to protect them. And some kids reveal how they have been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others.

This is a book for reading and sharing. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage open discussion about the nature of bullying and the ways in which individuals and schools could deal more effectively with bullies and their victims. And additional comments from international students reveal how much kids the world over have in common in the way they experience and deal with bullies.

These kids have something to say. It's time we listened.


Also available in soft cover.


10" x 8" 120 pages
$21.95 CDN; $21.95 USD
E-Book Price
Non-Fiction Case Bound With Dust Jacket 12+
Deborah Ellis
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About the Author

Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy; The Heaven Shop; Lunch With Lenin; Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees; and Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk About AIDS. She has won many national and international awards for her books, including the Governor General's Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, Sweden's Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Children's Africana Book Award Honor Book for Older Readers.

Deborah knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of 11 or 12. Growing up in Paris, Ontario, she loved reading about big cities like New York. In high school, Deborah joined the Peace Movement, playing anti-Nuclear War movies at her school. Since then Deborah has become a peace activist, humanitarian and philanthropist, donating almost all of the royalties from her books to communities in need in Asia and Africa. Heavily involved with Women for Women in Afghanistan, Deborah has helped build women's centers and schools, giving children education and finding work for women.

In 2006, Deborah was named to the Order of Ontario. She now lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

Bullying is not inevitable. It doesn't have to be a normal part of childhood. The more we talk with each other, share our stories, and listen—particularly to those whose voices aren't often heard—the closer we move toward a just society.
 – Deborah Ellis



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