Author Marika Spaseska is passionate about empowering kids! She has written a perfect short story for use in schools (ages 7-12) as a learning resource on bullying and what to do about it. Teachers can easily add to this book with a discussion to really engage kids in talking about this widespread problem. Her story creates great visuals for children to imagine what it is like to be bullied in a simplified manner. She shows how abuse is not only physical, but verbal and emotional too.
The author was inspired to write The Cardboard Girl because of her niece’s experience with bullying in school. She also used her 17 tears of experience as a social worker to tell a story aimed right at kids. She wants to empower all kids who are being bullied by showing them by example how to speak up and tell someone about what is happening. She also wants to teach kids to reach out to someone who is being bullied by standing up with them or help them tell someone what is happening. If you are being bullied, tell your parents, tell a teacher, or ask a friend to help you. If they don’t listen the first time, tell them again and again until someone listens!