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Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Pu
by Sandra McLeod Humphrey   

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Publisher:  Prometheus Books ISBN-10:  1591025699 Type: 


Copyright:  Nov 20, 2007 ISBN-13:  9781591025696

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A collection of 26 bullying vignettes with thought questions following each vignette and recipient of a 2008 Mom's Choice Gold Award

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Kids Can Do It

Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-Downs is a collection of 26 vignettes depicting various forms of bullying with thought questions following each vignette.  All the vignettes are based on true experiences related to me by students during my school visits, and the book is dedicated to a 12-year-old Minnesota boy who took his own life as a result of bullying. Hot Issues, Cool Choices has received very positive endorsements from nationally recognized educators and is the recipient of a 2008 Mom’s Choice Gold Award and a Young Voices Foundation Silver Award.


Did you know that there are kids out there who don t even want to get out of bed in the morning because they know what going to school means for them?

being teased and taunted ...

being excluded and rejected ...

being afraid that you re going to be assaulted and possibly hurt...

Sometimes it can even mean that you just can t hang in there any longer, so you give up and take your own life.

If you are one of the cool kids at school, this book is for you.

But if you re not one of the cool kids, this book is especially for you.

Emerson Elementary isn’t a real school, but it could be your elementary school. And the students at Emerson aren’t real kids, but the problems they face are real, and so are the choices they make.

The Golden Rule is an old rule, but it's still a good rule to live by, and after reading this book, you may just possibly become a kinder, more compassionate human being, someone who treats others the way you want them to treat you.

So come along and join the students at Emerson Elementary and help them make some cool choices!

Professional Reviews

A Most Important Book for Today's Children
Humphrey continues with her series on childhood ethics and behavior with this easy-to-read offering. The author boldly tackles one of the most frightening subjects of today's adolescents since Columbine--bullying and its consequences. Humphrey follows the same format as her previous titles in the series, but with slight modifications that make it more appealing to an older reading audience. Vignettes are used to establish circumstances where moral and ethical dilemmas are raised. These are then followed by a number of questions that make the reader/listener to think about decisions and whether they are right or wrong inherently. This book, however, is more driven toward addressing decisions and behaviors that lead to, or in reaction to, bullying. The topics raised include Compassion, Empathy, Exploitation, and Social Manipulation. This is a book that teaches children though parables how and why they should avoid becoming bullies as well as how to react to the bullies they will undoubtedly meet. These lessons are presented well and make this book all too important in these times.

Karl L. Kruger for The American Author Association*

Powerful and Poignant
A powerful and poignant collection of real life social issues facing our kids today. It provides a wonderful opportunity for generating ethical and moral discussions with tweens and teens who are faced with the negative influences of peer pressure, bullying, and harassment. I highly recommend it! -- Trudy Ludwig, Author of My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, and Sorry!

Every Counselor Should Have a Copy
Every counselor and teacher should have a copy of Hot Issues, Cool Choices!. The well-written stories are filled with character-building issues that are perfect for moral-stretching class discussions and role-playing. At a time when we’re seeing a rise in peer cruelty and bullying, Sandra Humphrey offers a treasure trove to help cultivate our students’ empathy and give them a new perspective. I highly recommend this volume!
Michele Borba, Ed.D
Character Development and Bullying Prevention Expert
and Author of Building Moral Intelligence, Don’t Give Me That
Attitude!, and Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me

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Reviewed by Sandra Humphrey 4/18/2011
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