A STORY ABOUT BULLYINGWhen new girl, Shalmalah comes to Debbie’s school, she soon becomes a target for the school bullies, Susan and Leonie. Shalamalah is a free spirit who doesn’t want to dress and act like everyone else but the bullies won’t leaveMoreA STORY ABOUT BULLYINGWhen new girl, Shalmalah comes to Debbie’s school, she soon becomes a target for the school bullies, Susan and Leonie. Shalamalah is a free spirit who doesn’t want to dress and act like everyone else but the bullies won’t leave her alone.
Debbie hates seeing Shalmalah being bullied but she’s too scared to do anything about it. When Debbie’s and Shalmalah’s mothers become friends Debbie is forced to make a serious choice.WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BULLIES RULE THE SCHOOL?This is a must read for kids who are being bullied, kids who see bullying, anyone concerned about bullying, and of course the bullies themselves. Bullying isn’t just about the bully and the victim. There are other more far-reaching effects. Bullying often takes place in full view of other children, who are often forced to watch or even join in.‘The Tree Hugger’ is written for those children who see bullying take place and know it is wrong but who feel powerless to intervene because they fear they will be next.ARE YOU IN OR OUT?In Debbie’s school, everyone’s scared of Susan and Leonie, the school bullies.
They decide who’s ‘in’ or ‘out.’ If you are ‘in’ you have friends and don’t get picked on by the other girls. But if you are ‘out,’ you have no friends and are attacked by the bullies every chance they get.Debbie is just as scared of Susan and Leonie as everyone else but Debbie’s lucky because she is ‘in.’ Nobody bullies Debbie and that’s the way she wants it to stay.THE FREE SPIRITNew girl, Shalmalah, is definitely ‘out.’ She doesn’t do her hair in a cool style and she definitely doesn’t wear cool clothes.
Shalmalah is different, she wears whatever she wants to wear. The other girls think she’s a hippy and that’s not cool to them. But, Shalmalah is a brave girl with a free spirit. She doesn’t care what the bullies think.Susan and Leonie want to make her care and they do their best to make her life hell.Debbie hates the way Shalmalah is being treated but she thinks that if Shalmalah tried harder to be the same as everyone else then Susan and Leonie would leave her alone.
Debbie doesn’t understand that Shalmalah doesn’t want to be like everybody else. Shalmalah wants to be accepted for who she is.Debbie doesn’t think there is anything she can do to help Shalmalah. She knows that as far as Susan and Leonie are concerned you’re either with them or against them.
To go against them would cause big problems for Debbie.But avoiding the problem doesn’t make it go away and when Debbie’s mother becomes friends with Shalmalah’s mother, Debbie has to make a very difficult choice.