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Confessions of a Former Bully

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After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bull ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Tricycle Press
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Clara Bowman-Jahn
Oct 28, 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Why I really loved this book : This book could be for all ages. It appeals to both kids and adults and I found it fascinating. At first the reader is made to think it is about a bully but then it switches to talking about the whole bullying scene, from targets, to bystanders, to how to be a good friend. It leaves no stone unturned. Trudy Ludwig has brought a real keen technique into play, that of writing a book aimed at her peers of ten – year- old students, about bullying and this is the techni ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
Today’s book that I am going to read has a little bit different message. It is called Confessions of a Former Bully. The words bully and bullying are used quite often now days. What do those words mean to you? What does the word former mean? In this book the narrator is a girl who used to be a bully but she never really knew it. Has anyone in here ever felt like they have been bullied? Has anyone in here ever felt like they have been a bully to someone else? You may have been bossing someone aro ...more
Andrea Wilkinson
Sep 04, 2015 Andrea Wilkinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
This is an excellent book! It talks about WHY kids bully and that anybody can get bullied. It has a chart that shows the harmful effects of bullying on the targets, the bystanders, and the bullies themselves! "Bullying is a learned behavior. Kids can learn it at home, on the playground, in school, or in their neighborhood."

The book asks, "What do kids who bully want?" and introduces 8 empower tools that can be used when getting bullied.

There is a difference between tattling & reporting...kno
Oct 01, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it
Great information on a topic that just about every middle-grade student has to deal with...bullying. The book is told as a fictional story/diary from the point of view of a reforming bully who must face the consequences of her actions towards other students. She meets with her parents, the principal and the school counselor, and discusses why she bullies and decides to keep a journal (what we're reading) so she can help others who might be victims of bullying The book is packed with facts about ...more
Confessions of a Former Bully is an interesting book at a time when we are seeing a big anti-bullying push in our schools. It is an oversize hardcover so it looks like a picture book–although I hesitate to term it strictly as that.

It is written in the style of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. This style is part of what makes its content easily accessible to younger students. It resonates as genuine with the reader as opposed to setting up contrived or over-used examples. T
Jennifer Wardrip
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When I saw this book being offered for review, I knew I had to have it. I teach fifth grade, and have had a lot of problems with bullying in my classroom. Once I received CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER BULLY, I read it in one sitting (although it is really short, so that isn't hard). I then read it to my class.

Katie is a bully who gets called out on it by her principal and her parents. She has to face the consequences of her actions,
Apr 16, 2011 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Description: After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tools they can use to identify and stop relation ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
After Katie gets caught bullying a classmate, she is required to meet with the school counselor on a regular basis to rehabilitate her.

While I think this book has a lot of worthwhile material to help teach students about how to deal with bullying, I just didn't buy Katie converting to "rehabilitation mode" so quickly. I understand that the exposition in a picture book has to be fairly brief, but very rarely do bullies convert so quickly. Not to mention how easily Katie's parents were willing to
Dawn Sahakian
Mar 20, 2013 Dawn Sahakian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
I really liked the notebook design of this book - it made it look like that we were really reading what "Katie" wrote. The illustrations are simple and make it look that a younger person drew them - keeping with the theme that we are to believe we are reading Katie's "book". The writing itself carries a significant message and gives the reader a perspective from the bully and how she feels. I think this would be very helpful in a classroom (ages 7-10)to help students see how bullies think and th ...more
Leigh Anne
Mar 18, 2014 Leigh Anne rated it it was amazing
Most bullying books seem to target younger readers. This one targets upper elementary aged kids. It is written in a journal format which I think also appeals to this audience. It weaves in bullying facts and quotes from real people which gives it that nonfiction feel too.
Patricia Tilton
Dec 07, 2012 Patricia Tilton rated it really liked it
Trudy Ludwig wrote this unique book for her readers who wanted to know what happened to Katie after she bullied her friend Monica in My Secret Bully. In Confessions of a Former Bully, I liked that the school had an anti-bullying program in place to work with Katie and help her understand how her behavior affected others. Katie apologized to Monica and all the kids, but they didn’t trust her. I like that Trudy left no tidy ending. Katie’s consequences will stay with her until she changes and beco ...more
Nov 30, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Katie is a bully, or maybe I should say she used to be one. She got in trouble too many times for the way she was hurting Monica and her consequences included meeting with the counselor and finding a way to make up for the hurt she caused. Katie realized that there was a lot she didn’t know about bullying and that her way of making up for her actions was to write a book about bullying. This journal format book, complete with sketches and “Quick Fact” cards taped in, is a heartfelt introduction i ...more
Denice Hein
Apr 10, 2015 Denice Hein rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Upper Elementary-young Middle Schoolers
This is an awesome book that started my Bullying unit idea.But it isn't truly nonfiction...although I found it in the nonfiction area. It is told from the perspective of a reformed bully. It shows her growth as a person and about helping others overcome bullying.
This is by far the best book I have read on bullying in a long time. Trudy Ludwig weaves great advice into the voice of the main character, Katie, providing explanations about bullying behavior, tattling, reporting and other behaviors. Based on research, she provides facts and data in a creative way, inspiring quotes, and practical advice for both the victim of bullying and for adults guiding students on dealing with bullying. I could see some of the examples given in the book as actual lessons ...more
Georgette Quinn
Jan 02, 2015 Georgette Quinn rated it it was amazing
My daughter was bullied in third grade. Her librarian suggested this book. We loved it. I helped her develop her own tool box to handle bullies. I highly recommend this to read with your classroom or your own children.
Jul 10, 2015 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Read this with one of my daughter's for a group she is participating in this summer and we both really enjoyed it. I am going to be recommending this book to the school counselor I work with.
Joellen Mccarthy
Aug 02, 2014 Joellen Mccarthy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mentor-texts
Love everything mentor author, Trudy Ludwig does. This companion to My Secret Bully is a must have - hybrid text with great examples beyond #choosekind. A MUST have!!
Rebecca Johnson
Sep 23, 2014 Rebecca Johnson rated it it was amazing
This is great. It's a very quick, accessible book about bullying that is aimed for kids, but does not dumb it down. It clearly shows the differences between good friends and bad friends, outlines specific strategies for stopping a bully, and stresses safety and kindness. Highly recommended for any kid or adult who might need reminding about these things.
Sarah Quish
Mar 01, 2015 Sarah Quish rated it it was amazing
It's everything you want to cover with your child in a fun & harmless way that starts conversation & opens dialogue.
Stephanie T.
Apr 07, 2013 Stephanie T. rated it it was amazing
I thought Confessions of a Former Bully would be a great addition to my text-set because unlike many other bullying books, it takes the perspective of the bully who is the main character. I really enjoyed this because the story goes through Katie the bully's feelings and steps that she takes in order to realizing bullying can be extremely hurtful to others as well as herself. Through Confessions of a Former Bully, children will understand what goes on in the mind of the bully and be able to asso ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
This is a "problem" book for kids. Well done, could be useful.
Apr 17, 2012 Bethany rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best I have read concerning bullying. It not only gives a great overview of what bullying looks like and strategies to help fight it, but it tells it from a former bully's perspective. I used this as a read aloud and created a response activity where the students made a who I am poster. They wrote all the things that make them special and unique and then we discussed what it would feel like if anyone made fun of those things. The book is also written in a journal format w ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
While I think that there's a need for this book, and that this is a cute and clever effort at fictionalizing the "curing" of a bully, I fear that some kids will find it a bit preachy. The only thing that may help is the fact that the main character is so far from a stereotypical bully that it makes the story a bit more interesting.
The hybrid fiction/fact format may work against it being picked up by kids looking for a book about bullying by subject, but it's a very quick read, and should be in
Feb 01, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it
A potentially powerful tool for both bullies and those being bullied.
Jan 20, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
Great for kids. Will booktalk at East.
Feb 13, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
I will definitely discuss this book and it's "empower tools" with my son. This is a great book for both parents and children to read. It has helpful tips and ideas for kids who are being teased or bullied to try. I've always thought that ignoring comments that bullies throw at you to tease you was a way to get them to stop, but this book says that ignoring is not an "empower tool" and can make the bully try harder to get to you. Definitely something to think about. I appreciated this book as a p ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked this book. We were having some bully issues in one of my classes. We had talked about it before, what it is and what to do if you see it. This book really helped to explain to the kids what bullying really does to a person. (The kids are between 5-8 years old). I got them involved and talking about times they were bullied.

This book is about a former bully. She was able to finally see what she was doing wrong and is determined not to let it happen to anyone else.
Brianna Boyce
Jan 21, 2014 Brianna Boyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This is an interesting way to approach the topic of bullying. It could be used in a variety of ways.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Nov 09, 2011 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it it was amazing
Sequel to My Secret Bully. OMG- the bully (Kate that teased: Mon-Ick-a) tells her story and learns her lesson. Told in the form of a writer's notebook. Love the list at the end that has the t chart- what makes a good-bad friend. MUST HAVE for most elementary and all MS.
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Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing friendship, bullying, and cyberbullying issues at schools and conferences around the country.

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