Stand Up!

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Lisa Roth, M.D. & Karen Siris, Ed.D, authors

Marsha Levitin, illustrations

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Fiction,  August 2012

Suitable for: 6 and up

Themes:  Bullying, Standing Up, Friendship, Relational Aggression

Opening/Synopsis: “When I wake up in the morning, I like to think about what fun I am going to have that day.  Today I am happy because one of my friend is coming over after school to play.”  The narrator in this book is lucky to have friends who like and support him at school.  He realizes that this isn’t true for all the kids,  especially Jamie, who wants to play kick ball during recess.  She is teased and called mean names by Alex and other kids.  The narrator observes how Alex knocks Jamie’s sandwich on the floor and stamps on it and shoves her into the locker in the hallway.   He realizes that things need to change, even if he’s afraid of Alex.  He notices the kids at school who are kind, helpful and work together.  He comes up with a plan to stop bullying at the school and writes a note to his caring classmates: “Meet me on the monkey bars during recess to be part of a secret mission.  See you then.”  The Caring Majority is born and there is power in their numbers to “stand up” for themselves and their classmates.

Why I like this book:  Lisa Roth, M.D. and Karen Siris, Ed.D. have written a powerful book about kids solving their own problems in a positive way without asking adults to intervene.  This compelling story gives parents and teachers the opportunity to discuss positive ways of preventing bullying at school.  The artwork is unique and done in muted pastels.  Each page is a picture of feet, which is very symbolic in the story and to the bully’s reaction.   Very creative idea.

Resources:  The authors have provided a back page with a Teacher’s Guide and Discussion Questions.  There is information about starting a Caring Majority in your school.  Write to  You may visit Lisa Roth, M.D. at her website, The Magical Journey.  Karen Siris, Ed.D, is a principal and professor dedicated to preventing bullying in her school district.  She is recognized for the work she has done creating a caring majority of “upstanding students in her Long Island school.

This book has been provided to me free of charge by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review of the work. 

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26 thoughts on “Stand Up!

  1. What an interesting story Pat, having it told by the observer. I think many of those who’ve suffered from bullying would be so glad to know that there was someone who would stand up for them, when they are unable to do so themselves. Interesting links to. As always your reviews are thorough, informative, and inspiring. Thankyou for sharing this one with us, Pat.


  2. Great bullying theme. Bullying begins in school, and if kids don’t stand up to these bullies, with help from their friends, they will continue bullying in their adult life. If you have friends willing to support you, bullies soon learn to slink away – or change their ways. Being a friend to a bullied child is a wonderful thing. Congrats on a terrific and empowering story.

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  3. I love the visual of the feet symbolism, Pat. Kids do relate well to stories where the children themselves resolve the problem(s). It sounds like a very empowering read.


    • Joanna, I know the visual of the feet grabed my attention. At first I wasn’t sure, but as I read the book I realized the feet and different stances showed the action. Very creative and empowering.


  4. Sounds like a very empowering book, Pat. I can’t quite tell from the description… is it a picture book or a chapter book? I love that it’s all illustrated with feet!


    • One of the authors has worked hard in her school district to create an “upstanding” program in the schools. Kids are encouraged to create the “Caring Majority” where they look out and intervene when someone is bullied. This books needs to be in the hands of every school!


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