Bibliographic Information: Ludwig, T., & Prevost, M. (2008). Trouble talk. Berkeley: Tricycle Press.
Brief Annotation: Bailey is the new girl in school. Maya is asked to be Bailey’s “welcome buddy.” Maya and Bailey become friends and talk all the time. When Bailey makes a mean comment about Keisha’s weight, Maya struggles to defend Keisha, in an attempt to not take sides. The mean comments continue with other friends at school and a rumor is started about Maya’s parents getting a divorce. Maya can’t stand how Bailey treats people and goes to the counseling office. Ms. Bloom, the counselor, explains to Maya that Bailey has a case of trouble talk, where she spreads rumors and says hurtful things. Ms. Bloom speaks with Bailey and has her apologize to everyone that she hurt.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 3-5
Readers who will like this: Children will find this book interesting because they will be able to relate. Readers have experienced friendships and can use the information from this book to help those that are hurt by another friend.
Rating/Response: 5 I think Trouble Talk is an excellent book that should be read in the classroom. It teaches the value of being a good friend. Students will be able to learn that there are some people, who have the bad case of “trouble talk,” who will say mean things and spread rumors. The book can be used as a resource to help students stop the spread of rumors and help prevent bullying. The back of the book has discussion questions, notes, and additional resources for teachers and students.
One question you would ask before read aloud: Have you heard someone say something bad about someone else? What did you do?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (picture)
Rationale for Strategy: I think this book would be a great addition to a classroom library, as well as could be used during the first weeks of school. Trouble Talk is about trouble talking and bullying that are common issues within schools. The book can be read to students to help them become aware of bullying as well as learn ways to stop and prevent it.
Posted by: Kelsey Peterson