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Children's Nonfiction Bullying

Cliques Deal With It

Deal with it using what you have inside

by (author) Kat Mototsune

illustrated by Ben Shannon

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Dec 2010
Bullying, Adolescence, Friendship, Peer Pressure
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 6
  • Reading age: 9 to 11


As long as there have been girls in schools, there have been cliques -- a particularly malicious and subtle form of bullying that isn't always recognized for what it is. And with the growing role of social media, their mean-spirited goals have only become easier to achieve.
Cliques: Deal with it using what you have inside, the latest book in the Deal With It series, offers young readers up-to-date discussions about: distinguishing groups from cliques, inclusion/exclusion, gossip, cyber-bullying, self esteem, and peer pressure. The book directly addresses the problem of cliques, and provides many practical tips on how to identify, confront, and overcome it -- with style. The text is written to be comfortable for every reader, whether on the inside making trouble for someone else, on the outside, or a bystander wondering what to do. Quizzes, comics, and graphic novel-style illustration help make this book a fun and accessible way to approach an often difficult-to-address problem.

About the authors


  • Commended, One of the Year's Best -- Resource Links

Contributor Notes

KAT MOTOTSUNE is a former editor at ChickaDEE Magazine and OWL Books. She has edited dozens of critically acclaimed non-fiction and education books for children. She lives in Toronto.
BEN SHANNON is a Toronto-based illustrator and musician. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Wired, National Geographic World, and The Globe and Mail.

Editorial Reviews

This excellent text describes many scenarios that young people face with regard to the power of cliques....
An informative guide, this text deals with many compelling issues for teens and includes many real-life problems and solutions.
This book is part of the Deal with It Series, to assist adolescents with the everyday conflicts they face. This complete series would be a worthwhile addition to an elementary and middle school library collection and should promote valuable discussion in the classroom.

Resource Links, Volume 16, No. 4

"Using colour, changes in print size and lots of illustrations throughout, the concept of "cliques" is explored in a format designed to appeal to the target age group."

Canadian Teacher Magazine

Illustrated with numerous color cartoons, this title in the Deal with It series uses an interactive format to dramatize the contemporary teen social scene and raise moral questions about what it means to do the right thing.
Great for group discussion, this title's lists of do's and dont's will spark debate precisely because the book captures how hard it can be to identify what's right and act accordingly.

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