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Sep 16 2014

To this day: For the bullied and beautiful by Shane Koyczan

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Walker Books, 2014. ISBN 9781925081510.
(Age: All ) Recommended. Bullying. The author of this poem about bullying is described as a spoken word artist who claims to have been bullied as a child. This print version features thirty different illustrators' responses to the text which has become a global phenomenon via the internet; garnering millions of views for the animated version, spawning phone apps, and anti-bullying movements. Here the thoughtful, funny and heartbreaking words from the point of view of the bullied are augmented by some wonderful images. The illustrations deepen the meaning and enhance the message that the bullies are wrong when they make you feel worthless and that while the damage might be permanent victims are not alone and survival is possible. There are links to the animated version of the poem and a resources page for support organisations. As a discussion starter for anti-bullying programmes or just as a life raft for the bullied the book will fit in any school library. It might also be useful for senior graphic design students.
Sue Speck

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