Relates the author's personal experiences with bullying, describing how she was harassed as a child because of her degenerative muscle disease and eventually appeared with her similarly disabled dog, Izzy, on Animal Planet before launching a public speaking career.
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer (Grades 7 & up). Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.
Jake Simple has been kicked out of every school in Rhode Island. Now the only place for him to go is a home school run by the Applewhites, the strangest family anyone has ever met. All the Applewhites are artists of some kind except E.D. She is the odd one in the family who wants order and predictability.