Say Something: 10th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

Say Something: 10th Anniversary Edition By Peggy Moss, Lea Lyon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peggy Moss, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
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At this school, there are some children who push and tease and bully. Sometimes they hurt other kids by just ignoring them.

The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn’t enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid? Could it be as simple as sitting on the bus with the girl no one has befriended (and discovering that she has a great sense of humor)? Resources at the end of the book will help parents and children talk about teasing and bullying and find ways to stop it at school.One child at a time can help change a school.

Since its release in May 2004, this book has sparked Say Something weeks in schools from Maine to Shanghai. It has been turned into plays, distributed to hundreds of kids at conferences, read by principals on large screens, and rewritten by students in several schools (Do Something! is a favorite title). Most importantly, Say Something has helped start countless conversations among kids and adults about teasing.

We’re celebrating with this new edition, updated with a new cover and an author’s note.


Fountas & Pinnell Level O

About the Author

PEGGY MOSS (Toronto, Ontario) is a writer, educator, former hate-violence prosecutor, mother of two daughters who write their own rules, and author of the Tilbury House bestsellers Say Something and One of Us.

Lea Lyon is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, painting teacher, and portrait artist who has made a childhood dream come true. Lea loved to draw and paint as a child, and she wanted to be a children’s book illustrator.  She ended up raising a family, going back to school for an MBA, and working in the corporate world, but she kept painting. Now, at long last, Lea is a children’s book illustrator with five published picture books: Say Something, Playing War, Keep Your Ear on the Ball (all with Tilbury), The Miracle Jar and Operation Marriage. She lives in Richmond, California.

Praise For…

tackles the ever-present issue of teasing by specifically talking about
what someone should say when they see someone else being teased. The
main character of the story sees teasing happening all around her, but
at first, she stays silent. When the tables are turned on her, she
quickly realizes that being an innocent bystander won't work any longer.
She uses the newfound empathy to comfort other targets of bullying and
prove the harmfulness of teasing and the power of friendship. The
illustrations from Lea Lyon do a wonderful job of depicting the emotions
of the characters and Moss even includes some discussion questions at
the end to make sure the lessons really hit home.
— Kylie Hall -

Most appropriate for children in grades two through six but, this short,
sweet story offers a lesson for all ages -(National Education
— NEA Today

Activating child bystanders...helpful in raising this issue for
discussion... compelling enough to be useful to discussions... all age
— New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention

...excellent resource, written with clarity, sensitivity and directness.
— Black Issues Magazine

Simple text...realistic watercolor drawings will pull readers into this
story...One person can make difference is the theme...
— Kansas City Star

K-Gr. 3 Can one person make a difference? Moss' obviously didactic book,
which seems designed for group discussion about bullying, focuses on
the role of the bystander, a girl who sees the sadness of the victim but
does nothing ("I walk on the other side of the hall. I don't say those
things"). Realistic, lively watercolor illustrations show the child in a
diverse school community, where kids are picked on and called names for
being slow or different. The girl feels sad for them, but she looks
away--until one day, when she is alone, the bullies make her cry, and
her friends do nothing. The dramatic climax is quiet: the girl reaches
out to a child who always sits alone on the bus, and the children have
fun together. This is one of the best of the recent books for discussion
about teasing; its direct, first-person narrative and informal
portraits bring close classroom, hallway, and schoolyard scenarios for
kids and adults to talk about. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
— Hazel Rochman - ALA

Product Details
ISBN: 9780884483601
ISBN-10: 0884483606
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English