Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying

Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying


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CJ, Eva, Zoe, Jax, and Ryan are all thrilled to be working on the school play…until CJ’s diva-fied behavior makes Eva’s life miserable and her friends uncomfortable.

With the help of their school counselor, CJ’s friends discover they have the power to stand up to CJ’s bullying. Together they learn how to be upstanding bystanders and transform their school environment to a place where bullying is not tolerated.

Includes a “Note to Readers” with practical strategies for standing up to bullying behavior and practicing kindness.

From the book:

Dear Reader,

Imagine you notice one kid picking on another in the cafeteria. The mean words the first kid hurls
make you feel uncomfortable, so you:

A. Walk away; it's none of your business.
B. Watch and maybe laugh along—hey, you don't want to get picked on too.
C. Say something to the kid who's acting mean; you've got this.
D. Get an adult.
E. All of the above.

Unfortunately, imagining this is possible because everyone has been a bystander. No one likes to watch or receive unkind treatment; and most people don';t like to act mean—yet it happens daily! Life would be better if people didn’t mistreat others, but few of us realize we possess the power to reduce these situations.

If we try to act as upstanding bystanders shielding others from cruelty while practicing kindness, then we will transform every environment we enter just like the pebble. Are you ready to Shield Up?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433816512
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Marcella Marino Craver, MSEd, CAS, was a school counselor and school psychologist in New Jersey and New York public schools for over twenty years. She is the author of Learn to Study: A Comprehensive Guide to Academic Success, Shield Up! How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying, and Chillax! How Ernie Learns to Chill Out, Relax, and Take Charge of His AngerChillax! was awarded the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Juvenile Books—Self-Improvement and the Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Comic Books/Graphic Novels. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

Amerigo Pinelli is the illustrator of numbers books and graphic novels for children.  He studied in the Art School of Naples and specialiszd in illustration at the International School of Illustration S. Zavřel. He has worked in animation and publishing. He lives in Naples, Italy. Visit him at and follow him on Facebook: @AmerigoPinelli

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Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Five friends enjoy spending time together and working at the theater after school. Each one has a different talent that they can put to use on or around the stage. But one of their group, CJ, decides to pick on a new student. At first the friends don't say anything. It would be too awkward. But when things get out of hand, the friends realize they need to step in and help the new girl and their friend CJ. The book is written entirely in comic form. The comics are fun and fit in with what the author is trying to convey. The message is very spot on for dealing with bullying. My son read the book quickly and enjoyed it. The book sparked a conversation between us about the effects of being bullied. The back of the book has a note to readers that deals with different aspects of bullying and also offers additional resources. It was a great book for me to use to discuss the topic with my son, but I think all schools should have this book in their library as well. I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.