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Cliques

Deal with it using what you have inside

by Kat Mototsune
illustrated by Ben Shannon

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adolescence, peer pressure, friendship
list price: $19.95
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
published: 2010
ISBN:9781552775462
imprint: Lorimer
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 100
Grade:
4 to 6
Reading age:
9 to 11
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Description

As long as there have been girls in schools, there have been cliques -- a particularly malicious and subtle form of bullying that isn't always recognized for what it is. And with the growing role of social media, their mean-spirited goals have only become easier to achieve.

Cliques: Deal with it using what you have inside, the latest book in the Deal With It series, offers young readers up-to-date discussions about: distinguishing groups from cliques, inclusion/exclusion, gossip, cyber-bullying, self esteem, and peer pressure. The book directly addresses the problem of cliques, and provides many practical tips on how to identify, confront, and overcome it -- with style. The text is written to be comfortable for every reader, whether on the inside making trouble for someone else, on the outside, or a bystander wondering what to do. Quizzes, comics, and graphic novel-style illustration help make this book a fun and accessible way to approach an often difficult-to-address problem.

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Excerpt

It's just another day at school and all around you are the usual players. Each table in the lunchroom has a different bunch of kids sitting at it?the jocks, the music and arts kids, the emos, the science nerds. Every time people get together it can be called a group, but there seem to be definite rules about who belongs where and who does not. When people form groups with rules and expectations for members, the groups can be called cliques. Cliques have the power to include and exclude. That in-crowd of girls over there make up a clique. You know, they're not necessarily the prettiest, or the smartest, or the most athletic. Not all of them have important parents or families with money. But, somehow, every boy wants them to notice him, and every girl wants to belong to their clique. They're the ones who decide what it's cool to do, what to wear, and what to be interested in. So how does a clique decide who belongs and who doesn't? Why can clique members be nice to some kids while victimizing or completely ignoring others? Where exactly does that power come from? If you want to know the ins and outs of cliques, this book can help.

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Contributor notes

KAT MOTOTSUNE is a former editor at ChickaDEE Magazine and OWL Books. She has edited dozens of critically acclaimed non-fiction and education books for children. She lives in Toronto. BEN SHANNON is a Toronto-based illustrator and musician. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Wired, National Geographic World, and The Globe and Mail.

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Editorial Reviews

"Using colour, changes in print size and lots of illustrations throughout, the concept of "cliques" is explored in a format designed to appeal to the target age group."

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

Illustrated with numerous color cartoons, this title in the Deal with It series uses an interactive format to dramatize the contemporary teen social scene and raise moral questions about what it means to do the right thing. Great for group discussion, this title's lists of do's and don'ts will spark debate precisely because the book captures how hard it can be to identify what is right and act accordingly.

— Booklist Online (US)
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Kat Mototsune

KAT MOTOTSUNE is a former editor at ChickaDEE Magazine and OWL Books. She has edited dozens of critically acclaimed non-fiction and education books for children. She lives in Toronto.
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Ben Shannon

BEN SHANNON's illustrious career extends from magazines and newspapers to advertising and television to books and comics. He has done work for Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Motown Records, and DC Comics among others. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Toronto.
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