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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
If you have a child or children, you need this book. Addy is sad. Finally, Addy tells her mom that another child at school, Billy, has been bullying her. Kids who are seen as different, for any reason, are often the targets of bullies. Bullying is on the rise and is a significant concern among those who work with children. Sharon and Kierra Linen compassionately approach the subject of bullying. In Billy the Bully, they point out that bullies often are hurting. They are either lonely or have been hurt themselves. Addy’s mom teaches her that she needs to feel for the bully instead of being angry with the bully. The bully had lost his dad and had no friends in this case. Bullies usually do not know how to interact with others and say that they are hurting. Instead, they strike out at others.
Billy the Bully was really Billy the Hurting. Sharon and Kierra Linen reveal one of the main reasons bullies bully others. After Billy the bully is sent home from school for bullying, he is involved in a horrific automobile accident. Addy and her friends have entered a talent show in hopes of winning the $500 prize to buy new bicycles. Addy and her friends do the most amazing thing with their prize money with hearts of compassion. Read this book with your children and learn what the kids did and how it affected everyone. The Linen duo writes with understanding. As you read this book, help your child understand bullying. Listen to them carefully if they have a story to tell about someone trying to bully them.