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from Author/Bullying Expert/Speaker Brad Tassell

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You need a book to assign for class reading. Don't Feed the Bully has been shown to be a great choice! 86% of sixth grade boys who said they don't like reading, in a recent study,* finished Don't Feed the Bully, and called it their favorite or equal to any book they had ever read. Over 90% of all students finished the book and over 75% said it was their favorite or equal book. Plus, the topic of bullying in a novel that is funny, fun, and accessible creates a million teachable moments in each lesson.
Then after reading the book to have a discussion with the author on writing, the genre of the hard-boiled detective, and bullying.

"Students have been given information about bullying in the past. Using a novel about bullying, and having the author speak to them about it, may have had more of an impact on what bullying is. Also, in the book, the bully wasn't a big brute, but a little wimpy kid. I think it gave my students a different perspective on who does the bullying." Carol Adams, grade six teacher, Arlee Elementary

Brad Tassell's bullying presentations are known for bringing huge laughs, music, magic, and responsible information on bullying. Including, simple steps to moving the bully target, creating empathy, and taking responsibility for violence.

This program is stripped down to discussing in-depth the important topics in the book and it's concept. There will still be lots of laughs because as a 30 year veteran of the comedy stage, Brad can't help it!

Each student will be responsible for having questions ready to ask. One related to bullying and the other related to writing, authorship, literature, or the genre of the detective novel. Plus, the use of simile, metaphor, and analogy to enhance meaning and humor.
We will develop critical thinking skills in students as Brad asks them to contemplate concepts that are deeper than yes or no, but how to work out real world answers from the characters actions.

Brad will have lots of questions too.

This is a not to miss learning opportunity for incredible growth.
The book will be mailed out to arrive as early as possible, the fee for the conference will be due on arrival of the books.

*2007, 2008 Discover Middle school study of sixth and seventh graders who read the book.

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About This Program


By Request: $75.00
By Request Premium: $75.00

Invoices for the program will arrive on PDF when books are mailed and payment is made when books arrive.

Also, there will be a shipping charge equal to the value of mailing 30 books.
I will mail them the cheapest possible way, and only charge exact postage, not for boxes or handling.

Leave at least ten days for shipping.


60 minutes, for grades 5-8

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Special Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Leadership conflict resolution/bullying

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

The book must be read by students in or out of class prior to our discussion, but the program comes with 5 free copies, other books are $2.00 per book. Please, discuss the book and go over plot and characters prior to meeting. Especially, if they finish the book more than a few days before meeting. I recommend using the program for grades five, six, or seven, and giving the signed books to the students at the end, and then doing the program every year as you will always get new books. This program is also perfect for students with emotional special needs up to grade 8, high school students who are at a lower reading level, gifted grades three and four. Please, try and book this early as dates are limited and to receive books one month in advance.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

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Author/Bullying Expert/Speaker Brad Tassell

Bowling Green, KY
United States

Author/Comedian Brad Tassell is the author of the award winning novel for teens and preteen on Bullying, Don't Feed the Bully. He presents for students, teachers, administrators, and is a comedian for Carnival Cruise lines.

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Program Details


Introduction by Brad Tassell, which is unlike any you will see

The Name Song often begins the program which leads to the question, "Why is it funny when people hurt themselves?" Emotional Empathy understanding is explored and then the strongest illustration of bullying they will ever hear. This will cement their understanding for the first time.
Then the book!
I will facilitate the discussion, and there will be questions about character motivation, reasoning, and real world impact, plus themes and plot.
There will be appropriate stories used for explanation.
I will question students on their ideas on bullying and it's causes and cures, and on writing, creativity, and the use of simile, metaphor, and analogy.
Cyber-bullying message.
Student questions will be taken throughout the talk.


The participants will:
-know simple steps to move the bully target away from them.
-increase their emotional empathy understanding
-grow in their understanding of simile, metaphor, and analogy in enhancing meaning and humor.
-develop a deeper love for reading.
-create an understanding of how humor can mesh with serious topics like bullying to help everybody grow their empathy and sense of humor.
-revel in the idea and creative process. they learn from stories that create empathy and understanding.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

* Describe the interrelationship of mental, emotional, social, and physical health during adolescence.
* Describe how family and peers influence the health of adolescents.


* Describe how the behavior of family and peers affects interpersonal communication.
* Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants and feelings.
* Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others.
Demonstrate communication skills to build and maintain healthy relationships.
* Demonstrate refusal and negotiation skills to enhance health.
* Analyze the possible causes of conflict among; youth in schools and communities.
* Demonstrate strategies to manage conflict in healthy ways.


What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy?

* What are the responsibilities of citizens?
* How can citizens take part in civic life?

American School Counselor Association Standards
Know the
impact of mutual respect on student learning.

nonbiased, small- and large-group instruction
in assertiveness training in areas such as
sexual harassment, conflict resolution, and
personal safety.

provide prevention
and intervention techniques to respond to
hate language, bullying, harassment, intimidation,
and gang and clique activity.


Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.


Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.


Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.


Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts