Only Freaks Turn Things Into Bones, by Steff Green and Bree Roldan

From the book’s cover: It’s little Grim’s first day at his new school. But the other kids .. call him ‘freak’ and refuse to play with him.

A parent drops his kid off at school. Ok, he’s the Grim Reaper, but what of that detail? Just another parent doing a drop off, really, whatever that parent’s job might be. His son, Little Grim, like every new kid, worries if anyone will like him.

‘Little Grim gripped his lunchbox tight. He tried to steady his shaking knees.’

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To his distress, he is seen as ‘different’ from the start. And he does something normal, so normal that most of us have done it at some time: he runs away.

But what if other people, lots of people in fact, are seen as ‘different’ too?

Beautifully presented in hardcover and with full page glorious coloured illustrations, this story lucidly tells how ..

.. Bullying is never ok. And you are not alone.

At Sticksnstones you can see a website by young people for young people about dealing with bullying. And here is KidsHelpLine for the same purpose.

Where to find it this book: From Odyssey Books , BookDepository (free shipping worldwide) and Amazon and; also Waterstones, Barnes and Noble and Chapters Indigo. Or, ask your friendly local bookstore to order it in for you, and for any friend who might appreciate this little gothic tale.

Mark is guardian and blundering typist for Mawson, one of this bright world’s few published bears.