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Favourite books about difference, acceptance and bullying

Kill All Enemies

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 teens who may be experiencing bullying or finding it tricky to make friends.

See our list for older children

  • Lucas

    Author: Kevin Brooks

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  • Lucas

    Author: Kevin Brooks

    This beautifully written, unusual novel explores the destructive nature of prejudice and mob violence

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  • We Come Apart

    Author: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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  • We Come Apart

    Author: Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

    Written in free verse, this dual narrative story goes straight to the heart of Jess and Nicu’s friendship, exploring their f…

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  • Tease

    Author: Amanda Maciel

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  • Tease

    Author: Amanda Maciel

    Provocative and thought-provoking, this book is sure to divide readers but will certainly get them talking.

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  • Butter

    Author: Erin Jade Lange

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  • Butter

    Author: Erin Jade Lange

    Bullied at school, and weighing over 400 lbs, Butter feels he has nothing left to live for, and announces he will eat himself to d…

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  • Kiss

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

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  • Kiss

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Wilson skilfully combines an approachable and involving teenage story with a debate about true friendship, sexual identity and gro…

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  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde

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  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde

    This is a wonderful story, brilliantly told in the Glaswegian dialect, and despite containing distressing accounts of bullying, it…

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  • Hollow Pike

    Author: Juno Dawson

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  • Hollow Pike

    Author: Juno Dawson

    Lis London had hoped that a move to the country would allow her to escape not only the bullies but also her recurring nightmares

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  • Coram Boy

    Author: Jamila Gavin

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  • Coram Boy

    Author: Jamila Gavin

    Coram Boy is the story of Toby, saved from an African ship as a child, and Aaron, the illegitimate son of the heir to a great esta…

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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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