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Random House (2013-02)
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Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

by Bazelon, Emily

From a highly-respected authority on bullying comes the one book parents, educators, advocates, and kids need to understand teenage cruelty in the internet era—and why it’s come to feel so inescapable.

It has never been easy to be a teenager, but in recent years, with the rise of the internet and social media, it’s become exponentially harder. Bullying, once thought of as the province of thugs and queen bees, has taken on new, complex and insidious forms that any parent with a school-aged kid is all too familiar with. There is no writer better poised to explore this fraught territory than Emily Bazelon who, over the past few years, has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal facets of teenage "drama," as it is also known today.

In this new book, she has produced a clear-eyed journey into the shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its consequences. The result is an indispensible guide–one that takes us from schools to courts to the offices of Facebook, where so much teenage life now unfolds. Cutting through the noise and sensationalism, this is the book that will help parents and teachers navigate the new teenage world, giving them the tools not just to understand kids, but to protect them. Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, O Magazine, the Washington Post, and Mother Jones, among other publications. She was a finalist for the 2011 Michael Kelly Award for journalism in "the fearless pursuit and expression of truth." Trained as a lawyer, Bazelon is the Truman Capote law and media fellow at Yale Law School. She lives in New Haven with her husband and two sons. Read more about her at

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Beautifully written and tenaciously reported, Sticks and Stones is a serious, important book that reads like a page-turner. Emily Bazelon is a gifted writer, and this powerful work is sure to place childhood bullying at the heart of the national conversation – right where it belongs.

Quote: Susan Cain

…[I]ntelligent, rigorous. Bazelon is at her best as a storyteller, and the most interesting part of the book are its human narratives. …Her most winning achievement is the kindness she demonstrates throughout the book. She is nonjudgmental in a generous rather than simply neutral way, and she culls as much pathos from the circumstances of bullies as from those of their victims.

Review: New York Times Book Review

A nuanced approach to the epidemic of bullying… A convincing case against media hype and a premature rush to judgment.

Review: Kirkus

Emily Bazelon is doing the most honest, hard-hitting investigative work on bullying in America today. Sticks and Stones is a page-turner, combining compelling personal stories, rigorous reporting and practical advice for parents and educators. Read it: it's essential.

Quote: Rachel Simmons

Thoughtful and moving, incisive and provocative, Sticks and Stones is essential reading for any educator trying to negotiate the minefield of bullying. Packed with valuable advice, the book brings a welcome dose of sanity to an often overheated national discussion.

Quote: Paul Tough

Emily Bazelon is a voice of authority on bullying… An antidote to the media frenzy surrounding this now heated issue, Bazelon’s even-handed, thorough, and affecting narrative provides insights and information about the kids, parents, educators, and courts dealing with psychological and physical bullying in schools, as well as insidious cyberbullying… Masterfully written, [this] book will increase understanding, awareness, and action.

Review: Publishers Weekly

Finally! In remarkably clear and friendly prose, Emily Bazelon dives into a difficult, complex topic and emerges with a wise, deeply nuanced, and practical guide to a subject that has us all confused.

Quote: Wendy Mogel

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