“Stop the bully”, written by Karen Tyrrell presents the real life challenges a child faces when the issue of bullying enters their life without sugar coating it, or becoming preachy.
School offers a variety of realities to students. It is a welcome haven for some, where they can shut out the rest of the world and focus on learning or socialising. Sadly for others, it can be a dangerous place, filled with personal threats.
Karen’s book shows that anyone can become a bully or be bullied but that there are strategies available to tackle these challenges. Written in easily accessible language, it is both engaging and educational. The pacing matches the action as it unfolds, teasing the reader with a secret that continues to niggle the curiosity until its big reveal at the end.
As both a teacher and mother of children the age the main character is, I felt that the story was extremely valuable as it offered tools which were both age appropriate and immediately usable. This book offers the opportunity for initiating communication within a classroom or as a family unit in a non threatening and supportive way. Karen offers free teacher resources on her website to support anti bullying workshops and sessions.
The book teaches children the value of resilience and empathy with the emphasis on embracing personal strength to overcome the challenges ahead.
Stop the Bully has been endorsed by Kids Helpline to Help Kids in Crisis (1800 55 1800) and is a wonderful resource to share with teachers and students of upper junior school age.
Karen Tyrrell is an award winning mental health author and speaker. She appears on TV and radio. Karen wrote ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery about surviving mental illness, and Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully to empower children.