The Power of Bystanders

Willie Bohanon & Friends Learn to Handle Bullying Like a B.O.S.S.

Author: Kip Jones
Illustrator: Chad Isely
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Help students in grades 3 through 8 see how bystanders can put an end to bullying with junior high student Willie Bohanon. 

A boy named Blaine has moved to the small town of Griffin and, as the "new kid," made some fast friends at Boemont Junior High. But not everyone thinks Blaine is so great, like Willie's friend Stewart. In the hallways and on the bus, Blaine engages in constantly bullying Stewart, calling him names, shoving him, even making fun of a red welt on his ear! 

Willie becomes worried about his friend when he notices that Stewart has become visibly sad and stressed, especially about taking the bus home. Stewart's anxiety becomes so bad that before long, he doesn't even want to go to school at all! Fortunately, school counselor Mr. J is there to provide some much needed help and support and reassures Stewart that bullying is considered a serious offense at their school. Mr. J also reminds Willie and his friends that bystanders are the key to stopping a bully from continuing to harm their victims. He teaches them how to handle bullying like a B.O.S.S. - Bystanders hold the key, Open your mouth, Stand up for others, Stick together. 

Written and illustrated in an engaging graphic novel style, this second story in the Urban Character Education series gives practical and memorable strategies for bystanders to become a part of the solution to stop bullying through songs, rhymes and mnenomics. 39 pgs.

Extend the learning with 21 downloadable activities from The Power of Bystanders Activity Guide.

The Urban Character Education series also includes:

Watch for a sneak peek at the story!

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-934490-79-2