Trudy Ludwig is an award-winning author who specializes in writing
children's books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing
world of children's social interactions. She has received rave
reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and
parents for her passion and compassion in addressing relational
aggression--the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others.
Trudy wrote her first book, My Secret Bully, after her own
daughter was bullied by some friends. Since then, she has become a
sought-after speaker, presenting at schools and conferences around
the country and educating students, parents, and teachers on the
Trudy has been profiled on national and regional television, radio, and newsprint. Children's books have always been Trudy's great passion. It was her daughter's experience which inspired Trudy to quit her freelance writing career to focus on making a difference in kids' lives, one book at a time.
Trudy lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and their loyal hound dog, Hannah. She is a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association and collaborates with leading experts and organizations including The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First.
USA Today, August 22, 2013:
"Illustrator Barton adds a wonderful touch by drawing all the other characters in color but sketching Brian in faint shades of black and white - at least at first....Before long, Brian, in living color, is not so invisible after all. It's a lovely lesson in the simple acts of friendship, especially recommended for the most popular kids in class." Scholastic Instructor, Fall 2013:
"Pitch-perfect words and art."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2013:
"This is a simple yet heartfelt story about a boy who has been excluded for no apparent reason but finds a way to cope and eventually gains acceptance." Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2013:
"Tender illustrations rendered in glowing hues capture Brian's isolation deftly...Use this to start a discussion: The author includes suggested questions and recommended reading lists for adults and children. Accessible, reassuring and hopeful." Publishers Weekly, August 26, 2013:
"Ludwig and Barton understand classroom dynamics...They portray Brian's situation as a matter of groupthink that can be rebooted through small steps. It's a smart strategy, one that can be leveraged through the book's excellent discussion guide." "Trudy Ludwig has given us the gift of another empathic, poignant book for children that addresses the complex topic of peer relationships...A must-read."
- Carrie Goldman, award-winning author of BULLIED: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know about Ending the Cycle of Fear