Noni Speaks Up

Publisher: Tundra Books
Noni always tries to do the right thing. But she doesn't know how to help her classmate Hector, who is constantly bullied for his name, his size and his giant glasses. Noni stands by silently, afraid that the kids will turn on her if she speaks up. Yet "doing nothing" doesn't feel very good. Will Noni be brave enough to take matters into her own hands?

Heather Hartt-Sussman's charming story, complemented by the playful, expressive illustrations of Geneviève Côté, is a heartwarming exploration of conquering fear and finding the courage to help others.


PRAISE FOR Noni Says No:

"The impressionistic illustrations perfectly convey Noni's emotions.... When Noni finally summons the courage to refuse her friend's request, Susie's reaction surprises her, but it is likely to reassure children who find themselves in a similar predicament. This book could generate good discussion about standing up for one's self and handling difficult relationships, including ways to establish and maintain friendships when everyone involved has a chance to react honestly and without fear." - School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR Noni Is Nervous:

"In Côté's charmingly loose crayon-and-watercolor illustrations, Noni's anxiety shows in her pink-cheeked face as she thinks about everything that could go wrong." - Editors' Choice, The New York Times

"A charming, seemingly simple book that gets right to the heart of the matter." - Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR Bob's Hungry Ghost by Geneviève Côté:

"[a] zany take on a ghost story.... In keeping with the hyperactive mood of the story, Côté's illustrations practically sail off the page." - The New York Times