Books about bullying for 8-12s

Almost everyone gets bullied at some point in their life - so if this is happening to your child, they are not alone. Here are some books to help older primary school children who may be experiencing bullying or finding it tricky to make friends.

  • 7 Days

    by Eve Ainsworth
    Scholastic
    This is the story of one week in Jess's life and that of her tormentor, popular girl Kez. A fresh approach to the school bully story, which is a short, punchy read with a strong and ever-relevant message.
  • Cloud Busting

    by Malorie Blackman
    Random House
    Shortlisted for the 2004 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (age 6-8 category), an exploration of an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.
  • Zero To Hero

    by Rob Childs
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    An engaging tale of friendship, while at the same time raising the important issues of bullying and self confidence
  • Blue Moon Day

    by Anne Fine
    Random House
    Covering an interesting and varied mix of situations, these enjoyable school stories are a satisfying read, with particular appeal to more reluctant readers.
  • The Song from Somewhere Else

    by AF Harrold
    Bloomsbury
    Frank is being bullied - for what, she's not sure. Being smart? Being different, perhaps. One day, after her bike is thrown in the middle of a huge patch of stinging nettles, Nick comes to her aid. A magical and...
  • A Monster Calls

    by Patrick Ness
    Walker Books Ltd
    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.
  • Feather Boy

    by Nicky Singer
    HarperCollins
    Robert is having a tough time at school, being bullied by Nicker; he's also trying to deal with the break-up of his parents' marriage.
  • Don't Pick on Me!

    by Rosemary Stones
    Piccadilly Press
    This book explores why some people bully, why others are bullied and what you can do to change things
  • Buried Alive!

    by Jacqueline Wilson
    Random House
    This humorous tale sensitively highlights issues such as friendship and bullying.
  • Bad Girls

    by Jacqueline Wilson
    Random House
    Bitterly unhappy and fed up with being teased at school, Mandy White is in need of a friend.