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Just Kidding 

“This frank and plausible story will help youngsters to distinguish between good-natured teasing and the destructive variety, empowering them by providing options they can use when faced with bullying.” –School Library Journal

“The story offers a realistic portrayal of a bully who uses words in hurtful ways but avoids punishment. It also offers hope that children can break the pattern….” –Booklist

“The skill sets shared in this book will help empower our children to interact with each other in a fun, caring and compassionate manner.” –Armchair Interviews

Just Kidding explores the world of teasing, exclusion, and self esteem in a thoughtful, poignant manner.” –Steve Seskin, best-selling author of Don't Laugh at Me

“Trudy Ludwig has not only captured the heart of boy taunting, but also the best solutions. Just Kidding is a great service to the work on peer aggression.” –Susan Wellman, founder, The Ophelia Project

Just Kidding is a terrific tool for any classroom and for our own organization.” –Ann S. Kelly, director, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project

Just Kidding and My Secret Bully are the best examples I know of what we should tell young people who are bullied.” –Stan Davis, author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs andEmpowering Bystanders

Just Kidding is an outstanding resource for parents and educators to empower children with important coping skills. It is a terrific supplement to existing teasing and bullying programs and a wonderful addition to school libraries.” –Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., author of Easing the Teasing: Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying