A List of YA Novels that Battle Bullying

Here's a list of 35 classic and current YA novels recommended in response to yesterday's call for books about bullying in school, alphabetized by author last name. Scroll down to find out more about the titles in the widget below the list. As always, feel free to add more suggestions in the comments.
  1. The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander
  2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaimie Adoff
  5. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
  6. Blubber by Judy Blume
  7. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  8. The Truth about the Truman School by Dori Hillestand Butler
  9. Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  11. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  12. This Is What I Did by Ann Lee Ellis
  13. The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
  14. Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
  15. Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie
  16. Nailed by Patrick Jones
  17. Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel
  18. Stuck on Earth by David Klass
  19. Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
  20. Schooled by Gordan Korman
  21. Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss
  22. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
  23. The Beckoners by Carrie Mac
  24. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  25. Slam Book by Ann M. Martin
  26. The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
  27. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  28. Vintage Veronica by Erica Perl
  29. Burn by Suzanne Phillips
  30. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  31. Bystander by James Preller
  32. Bullyville by Francine Prose
  33. Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
  34. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
  35. Story of A Girl by Sara Zarr
Perhaps we should pair this list with a recent one we pulled together of YA books featuring forgiveness?


Ms. Sara said…
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Stuck on Earth by David Klass

This is what I did by Ann Lee Ellis

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss

2 good non-fiction books:

Letters to a bully girl by Olivia Gardner &
Girls Against Girls by Bonnie Burton

Great Idea.
Mitali Perkins said…
Sticking to fiction, but thanks. Will add those titles.
Susan T. said…

good idea.

I thought of "The Truth About Truman School," by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman, 2008).
Susan T. said…
Oops! I see that you have the novel I mentioned.
T.M. Deschamps said…
Found your site on Face book, YA Authors Against Bullying. I listed 2 books I have written for YA and would like to add to your list.
The Puppet Triangle and Steps to Justice is the sequel.

Theresa Deschamps
Natalie Aguirre said…
Thanks for posting this. It's such an important issue with Facebook and cell phone bullying added on. My 13 year old daughter and I just finished 13 Reasons Why. A great book. You've got a lot of other really good ones on your list.
Heather Zundel said…
Wow, this is so incredible. I had no idea there were so many (but that is a very good thing). Have you ever considered of making this a feature on your blog? I love both this list and the one on forgiveness.
Debbie said…
Of course it's middle grade, but Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich does such a good job handling bulling in "8th Grade Superzero." So does Rita Williams-Garcia in "One Crazy Summer."

You should add Scrawl, by Mark Shulman. Just out, and written from the point of view of a bully...
Holly Thompson said…
Hi Mitali,
Please add my verse novel ORCHARDS, (Delacorte, Feb. 2011). Thanks for this important list.
Mskthomas said…
Nice list! I am preparing a literature circle list for high school English and this really helped. I just finished Leverage and would add that to the list.