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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite
Gracie's Guide: How to Deal with Bullying by Angie Wilson is an educational children's book. It follows a young sleuth named Gracie. A boy named Cooper is bullying her by calling her ugly. Gracie doesn't know how to respond. The bullying gets so bad that she doesn't want to go to school. She makes up excuses to stay home to avoid Cooper. She doesn't tell anyone, until one day she accidentally lets it slip to her babysitter. What will the babysitter advise her to do?
I really enjoyed Gracie's Guide: How to Deal with Bullying by Angie Wilson. The book teaches young readers that if you are being bullied, you should always tell an adult so they can help deal with the situation. The book will help many people deal with bullies. The book has many funny parts and also contains many inspirational quotes by famous people. Children will enjoy doing the activities in this book, like the crossword puzzle and the maze. The activities cause children to think about what they are reading. The illustrations, drawn by Ashley Teets, are very well done and depict the scenes very well. I liked the way the teacher taught Cooper how words leave scars, how she told him to crumple a piece of paper, and then uncrumple it, teaching that, once they're there, it's hard to take words (and crumples) back. The book is relatable, because many people have been bullied. I would recommend Gracie's Guide: How to Deal with Bullying by Angie Wilson to all young readers.