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February Book Club Feature : Good-Bye Bully Machine

NCPC's Kelsey Tokar speaks with Allan Beane about the importance of bystander intervention and what kids can do, at any age, to help prevent and stop bullying in their school or community.

Good Bye Bully MachineKids learn what bullying is, why it hurts, and what they can do to end it with this fresh, compelling book. With its contemporary collage art, lively layout, and straightforward text, Good-Bye Bully Machine engages kids and keeps them turning pages. The unique format of Good-Bye Bully Machine helps kids understand the definition and impact of bullying by comparing it to a mean machine—the Bully Machine. Kids can see how bullying, ignoring bullying and laughing when someone is bullied makes the machine grow more imposing, while helping kids who are bullied and other kind behaviors dismantle it.

Through the machine, kids gain awareness of their role in bullying, whether they are targets, bullies, bystanders—or all three. The role of the bystander is especially important. Good-Bye Bully Machine helps kids see the power of the bystander to become an ally, which means learning to show empathy, engage in kind acts, and take a stand against bullying. It's a perfect way to engage reluctant readers and hard-to-reach kids.

Good-Bye Bully Machine features:

•Rich, full-color collage art
•Engaging, straightforward text
•Fun, easy-to-manage activities
•Compelling content for kids ages 8 and up
•A note to grown-ups about bullying and bully prevention
To order your copy Good-Bye Bully Machine please visit

Biography - Dr. Beane is CEO and President of Bully Free Systems, LLC.  ( He is a former classroom teacher and an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author on bullying.  He is author of six published books and twenty other self-published anti-bullying books.  His materials and resources are used in over twelve countries.  He has over 35 years experience in education that includes teaching special education, teaching regular education, teaching higher education, serving as vice president of a university and serving as director of a school safety center.  He has served as an expert witness/consultant in five criminal cases and six lawsuits involving bullying,.  Dr. Beane has been an expert guest for Fox News in Chicago and CNN Headline New – The Nancy Grace Show. He and material from the Bully Free Program have been featured in national publications such as USA Today, USA Weekend, Time for Kids, and Newsweek for Teens, School Transportation News and many other national magazines and journals.  Dr. Beane’s son was bullied in seventh grade and high school.  He died tens years ago.  His son’s life inspired him to develop the Bully Free Program, which has over 30 lesson plans for every grade level (preschool – high school). He provides a variety of services including keynotes, presentations to students, parents, school personnel, SROs and others. He also provides a variety of workshops.  Visit for more information.

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