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Books about bullying for 8-12s

The War Next Door

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.

  • Wonder

    Author: R J Palacio

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  • Wonder

    Author: R J Palacio

    August ('Auggie') Pullman can't help but stand out - he was born with a severe facial deformity. Written in the first person, Wond…

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  • Small Things

    Author: Mel Tregonning

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  • Small Things

    Author: Mel Tregonning

    This brilliant book manages to deal with bullying, fear of being different, frustration at underachieving, and the fact that while…

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  • Mind Your Head

    Author: Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt Illustrator: Gemma Correll

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  • Mind Your Head

    Author: Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt Illustrator: Gemma Correll

    In this upfront and accessible book, Juno Dawson tackles all things mental health. Packed with practical advice, guidance from cli…

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  • Feather Boy

    Author: Nicky Singer

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  • Feather Boy

    Author: Nicky Singer

    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' marri…

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  • The Muslims

    Author: Zanib Mian

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  • The Muslims

    Author: Zanib Mian

    When class bully Daniel tells Omar to go back to his own country, he's not sure how - he's never been there, he can't speak the la…

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  • Buried Alive!

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

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  • Buried Alive!

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

    This humorous tale sensitively highlights issues such as friendship and bullying.

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  • Bad Girls

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

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  • Bad Girls

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

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

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  • 7 Days

    Author: Eve Ainsworth

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  • 7 Days

    Author: Eve Ainsworth

    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 sto…

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  • Mango Delight

    Author: Fracaswell Hyman

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  • Mango Delight

    Author: Fracaswell Hyman

    This school story features a multi-ethnic cast of characters and tackles issues of bullying, isolation, family dynamics, self-disc…

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute h…

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  • Splash

    Author: Charli Howard

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  • Splash

    Author: Charli Howard

    Molly is passionate about swimming but is having to deal with a domineering friend and a difficult home life. A sensitive novel th…

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  • Secret Friends

    Author: Elizabeth Laird Illustrator: Jason Cockcroft

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  • Secret Friends

    Author: Elizabeth Laird Illustrator: Jason Cockcroft

    Rafaella suffers daily name-calling from her peers. Lucy feels partly responsible, having herself invented the nickname 'Earwig' a…

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  • The War Next Door

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

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  • The War Next Door

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

    The War Next Door turns its focus to Masher, the bully of Storey Street. Part of the Storey Street series, Phil Earle's book has a…

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  • Hidden

    Author: Miriam Halahmy

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  • Hidden

    Author: Miriam Halahmy

    Alix doesn’t want any trouble with the local bullies. But then she defends Samir, a boy who has recently joined their school – and…

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  • The Muslims

    Author: Zanib Mian

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  • The Muslims

    Author: Zanib Mian

    When class bully Daniel tells Omar to go back to his own country, he's not sure how - he's never been there, he can't speak the la…

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