The Hero In Me sends a message that speaks to those of us who have felt bullied. It empowers the victim, while giving insight to the pain of the bully. Children and adults can learn a lesson about compassion, kindness and strength. I plan to read it to every class and every child I encounter over the years.
Laura Berg, Special Education Teacher, Utica Community Schools
What a fantastic resource for parents, educators, and students who have been affected by bullying! Having been in education for over 22 years and working with bullies and students who have been bullied, the “Hero in Me” not only does an amazing job of implicitly defining bullying but also empowers the “victims” and “bystanders” to stand up to the bully in a firm but kind way through the utilization of the specific strategies/tools/resources highlighted in the book. Additionally, the “Hero in Me” also empowers the “bully” to reflect on personal choices and encourages him/her to respond differently. This book reminds adults that although we can teach specific strategies to eliminate bullying; change only occurs when the “victims” and “bystanders” believe in themselves, stand up for themselves by clearly communicating to the “bully” that his/her behavior will not be tolerated without infringing on the bully’s feelings…being a true “hero.”
Michele M. VanDeKerkhove, Executive Administrator of Schools
This book creatively captures real-life difficulties that young people face everyday. The characters empower the reader to find the inner strength and courage they need to stand up to bullies, resolve conflict, seek help, and build real friendships. This book also provides practical tools and resources for young heroes as they bravely face their bullies.
Melissa Saxton – Mother of four (former middle school teacher)
"The Hero in Me" is a wonderful book for elementary students. The book puts the power back into children's hands, showing them how they can stand up and help buillies stop their
behaviors with little guidance from adults. This is a great book with a life lesson for all: victims of bullies, those that typically stand by bullies, and bullies themselves. The
personal experiences shown in this book are actual real world trials that elementary students can relate to and have seen in their own schools. I especially liked the advice the book gave to
how children can handle bullies, how they can stand up to them and be a hero for themselves. I appreciate the tips at the end of the book as they are excellent conversation starters with
Lori Launder Second Grade Teacher Gull Lake Community Schools
The Hero In Me is a great story that opens the door for dialogue between children of all ages and adults to address the reality of bullying. The Hero In Me offers a relatable perspective of the realities children deal with as a victim of bullying or as the bully. As an educator for 16 years, I have truly appreciated the benefits of a great book.
Steven Berg Special Education Administrator Fraser Public schools
At last!... An entertaining book that tackles the serious topic of bullying. The Hero in Me empowers children with specific strategies and techniques when encountering a bully. Susan Fitzsimonds
uses her many years of experience and her thoughtful insights to create bullying scenarios that will make you stop and think. Without a doubt, children, educators and parents will appreciate
having this book in their library!
Steve Vercellino Elementary Principal