Devastating Group Dynamics

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For mobbing victims, the huge disappointment is that the choice a bystander is most likely to make is the choice to not get involved and do nothing. From the perspective of the mobbing victim that choice represents betrayal. The mobbing victim is likely to think that coworkers will come to his or her aid and defense. That they usually do not is devastating to the victim, who valued his or her relationships with coworkers and who no longer feels able to trust them. From the perspective of the bystanders, trying to keep their distance is about fear and self-preservation. Bystanders do not want to have happen to them what happened to their mobbed coworker. The fear and avoidance of the social exclusion at the heart of workplace mobbing is deeply ingrained if not primal.

Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying by Maureen Duffy Ph.D., Len Sperry Ph.D.

Safety Police and Dog

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Gloria gave Officer Buckle a big kiss on the nose. Officer Buckle gave Gloria a nice pat on the back. Then, Officer Buckle thought of his best safety tip yet…

Safety Tip #101: Always Stick With your Buddy!

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

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Playing in the Rain

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Running, romping, puddle-stomping. Splash again. It’s fun and then…FLASH! BOOM! Uh-oh. Time to go.

Rain Play, written by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Well Matched Roommates

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Despite Roxy’s stripper name — the actual name on her birth certificate was Roxy Barbara Streisand Gillard, and I’m not even kidding — she was as far as possible from the way you’d expect a Roxy to look. Roxy was a connector — or was it a nucleus? At school I had always skipped biology, so I wasn’t good with scientific metaphors. Anyway, she connected people. She was pretty much how I made all my friends in Toronto. She made an effort to make plans with friends, and to introduce them to others, like a community hub. There — Roxy was a community hub. She was rarely alone. She was always up to something interesting.

Roxy liked to talk. I liked to listen. The roommate situation would probably work out well.

Holding Still For As Long As Possible by Zoe Whittall

This novel won the Lambda Literary Award: Transgender. A review can be seen HERE. More award winners can be found on the Amazon.com  Lambda Literary Award: Transgender listing.

Giggle Book Award: Ninja Bunnies Need Friends

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The Giggle Book Award goes to Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Grey Olson!

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This is the story about a young bunny who gets a copy of How To Be A Super Awesome Ninja and proceeds to follow the first 10 rules. The results are mixed but most of them result in rather funny failures.

Finally, the little bunny finds himself facing a truly dangerous situation in the form of a large angry bear – with nothing but his book and a broom. It looks bad until all of his bunny friends show up and help him scare off the bear.

This moment of teamwork based success inspires the bunny to toss away his book and rewrite the rule list:

Ninja Bunny’s Rule #1: A super Awesome ninja needs super awesome friends.

Rough Conversation

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Hok and the others had told him about NgGung. They had said that he was a very nice man, but warned that he loved to play a game called “One new thing you’ll know for every blow.” Apparently, NgGung would encourage people he had just met to fight him as a means of exchanging information.

The Five Ancestors Book 7: Dragon by Jeff Stone

Problem Solved

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“I have a little problem,” said the bear. “You see, I’m afraid of the dark, alone in my cave. There are no other bears for miles around, and I don’t know anyone who wants to sleep in my cave with me. I dread the darkness all day long.”

“That really is a problem,” said the fly. “But I have a solution. It just so happens that I am looking for somewhere to live.”

I Have A Little Problem Said The Bear written by Heinz Janisch and illustrated by Silke Leffler

Clumsy Inspector of Shadows

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Walking down to the water’s edge, I tried to picture myself the way my new friends saw me, or wanted to: not as Jacob, the kid who once broke his ankle running after an ice cream truck, or who reluctantly and at the behest of his dad tried and failed three times to get onto his school’s noncompetitive track team, but as Jacob, inspector of shadows, miraculous interpreter of squirmy gut feelings, seer and slayer of real and actual monsters—and all that might stand between life and death for our merry band of peculiars. How could I ever live up to my grandfather’s legacy?

Hollow City: The Second Novel in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Talking To the Moon

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Sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep. Do you get lonely up there moon? Don’t be lonely. I’m here, anytime you want to talk.

Hello Moon! written by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Ben Cort

Brash Confidence

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I’d never met anyone with Emma’s brash confidence. Everything about her exuded it: the way she carried herself, with shoulders thrown back; the hard set of her teeth when she made up her mind about something; the way she ended every sentence with a declarative period, never a question mark. It was infectious and I loved it, and I had to fight a sudden urge to kiss her, right there in front of everyone.

Hugh coughed, and bees tumbled out of his mouth to form a question mark that shivered in the air. “How can you be so bloody sure?” he asked.

Because I am, that’s all.” And she brushed her hands as if that were that.

Hollow City: The Second Novel in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs