What Happens Next

What Happens Next

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What Happens Next is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who is made to feel different from everybody else--even invisible sometimes. Bullied by a girl at school, our narrator gives a terse script of the related facts (What Her Friends Do: Laugh. What Everyone Else Does: Nothing.) and emotions (How I Feel Sometimes: Bad. Really Bad.).

The narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a "weirdo" fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground, and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way.

Spare illustrations in a limited palette of blues and greens convey feeling alone even in the hustle and bustle of a crowded schoolyard. Graphic novel-style panels set a steady pace for the emotional impact of this important story that doesn't simplify the realities of feeling like an outsider. It's a powerful starting point for discussions of emotions, empathy, and how we relate to others.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Owlkids Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781771471657
1771471654
9781771473361
1771473363
Branch Call Number: j P GROWING HUGHES S
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Sookocheff, Carey 1972-- Illustrator

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LPL_LindaC Nov 14, 2018

Most of us have experienced bullying, in some form, in our lives. Not fun, right?! In the new picture book, "What Happens Next" by Susan Hughes, we enter the world of a young student being bullied by another classmate. When mom asks how his day at school is, he always replies "... Read More »


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LPL_LindaC Nov 14, 2018

Most of us have experienced bullying, in some form, in our lives. Not fun, right?! In the new picture book, "What Happens Next" by Susan Hughes, we enter the world of a young student being bullied by another classmate. When mom asks how his day at school is, he always replies "fine". but mom catches on and offers understanding and suggestions for dealing with the bully. In his own unique way, he courageously confronts the bully. What happens next is a great reminder that although we look at life through different eyes and experiences, we also have many, many things in common. Told in a narrative voice, this very important book helps us understand that the universe really connects us all.

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