He's Not Just Teasing! by Jennifer Licate



Malcolm has a problem, and his name is Joe. Malcolm is often the target of good-natured ribbing because he's an excitable scatterbrain. Malcolm knows the jokes and laughs at his expense are all in good fun and sometimes even teach him a lesson. But the snark coming from Joe isn't funny.

Joe taunts and bullies Malcolm. When he attacks, Malcolm's friends do nothing. They are silent bystanders, and Malcolm is left to wonder why. Can he find the courage to ask them for help, or will Malcolm have to stand up for himself? 

He's Not Just Teasing! is the first title in the Navigating Friendships series – a quick read chapter book for grades 4 through 7 that examines the differences between bullying and teasing, the fragile friendships of children and the power of kindness. This is a great story for those ages 9 to 12 who are struggling with changing friendships, learning about self-advocacy, and figuring out how to get along with others. 48 pgs.



Extend the learning with the Teacher and Counselor Activity Guide designed to accompany the chapter book!

The 411:

What a fantastic book. I worked in middle school for many years and can tell you middle school is all about posturing. Teasing and bullying is such a fine line and while many don't understand the difference many do. Malcolm could be any kid in school. Thankfully Malcom's mom told him to stand up for himself. It is something I have always told me kids. Do not start something but if someone starts with you, do not play the victim. Victims get bullied. The author does a wonderful job of explaining the difference of bullying and teasing and by way of Malcom's mom who explains it to him. 

Kids will read this book because of the layout. I loved the big bold words that separated the text. It helps the message stand out and makes reading fun for those reluctant readers. 

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 About the Author

Jennifer Licate earned her master’s degree in school counseling from West Chester University and has worked as a school counselor for K-12 students for more than a decade. She channels her love of counseling and creativity to craft children’s books with relatable characters and situations. Her aim is to help children of all ages navigate the challenges of growing up.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review! I completely agree that kids in middle school have a hard time understanding the differences between teasing and bullying. I'm excited for my book to help children learn the differences and the importance of standing up for themselves, and to give parents an easy way to teach their children about this important topic. Thank you!!

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