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How to Tame a Bully

by (author) Nancy Wilcox Richards

illustrated by Drazen Kozjan

Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Oct 2006
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
2 to 4
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2006
    List Price

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How will Lauren cope with the new girl in her class who is bullying her? In this easy-to-read early chapter book, Lauren is thrilled to begin Grade 3 in her favourite teacher's class, and with her best friend. But also in the class is Bethany, a newcomer to the school - and a bully. As Lauren is subjected to a series of lunchtime and classroom challenges, she learns how to deal with her nemesis. Kids will relate to the familiar situations depicted in the story — being at a new school, making new friends, collaborating on a school project, and bullying.

Though the topic of bullying is a serious one, the upbeat text and fresh black-and-white illustrations add humour and lighten the tone of the book. How To Tame a Bully ties into Canadian curriculum (social studies, science, and health and life strands), and teaches children essential social skills.

About the authors


Les livres de Nancy Wilcox Richards sont largement
inspirés de ses expériences d'enseignante. Nancy aborde des thèmes qui
touchent particulièrement les jeunes du niveau primaire comme
l'intimidation, l'amitié ou l'entraide. Nancy habite en Nouvelle-Écosse.


Nancy Wilcox Richards taught elementary school for a number of years. She is the author of How to Tame a Bully, How To Outplay A Bully, How to Handle a Bully, How to Be a Friend and How to Fix a Lie, as well as the Farmer Joe series of picture books and We're All Friends Here. All are published by Scholastic Canada Ltd. She lives in Hebbville, Nova Scotia.

Nancy Wilcox Richards' profile page

Drazen Kojzan is the illustrator of several books for children, including Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esmé Raji Codell, and How to Tame a Bully by Nancy Wilcox Richards. He lives in Ontario, Canada with his family. You can visit him at

Drazen Kozjan's profile page

Librarian Reviews

How to Tame a Bully

Grade Three is great until Lauren sits next to Bethany – the biggest bully at Bayfield Elementary. What will Lauren do now?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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