Love the book! Serious topic, funny, real! The "Offenders" is a multicultural, refreshingly funny twist on a very serious topic that is affecting the social, emotional and educational stability of our children and young adults. When bullies get to step into their victims shoes for a while it doesn't feel so good, but many lessons are learned as the bullies realize their actions have consequences. We see the human side of the bully who is more often than not a product of bullying. It makes you want to scream, "EVERYONE, PLAY NICE!" The cycle has to stop somewhere. This book is a start!
— Marla conn, M.S. Ed. - Read-Ability, Inc.
First I should say, I won this through a Goodreads giveaway. What a fun book!!! I just love stories that both adults and kids can enjoy. Full of pep, humor, colorful characters, and a great lesson to share with the whole family. This book is a fantastic way to teach kids about bullying. In fact, The Offenders was such a joy that I immediately gave it to my best friends son to read. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
— Tracy M.
Dear Mr. Craft,
I bought "The Offenders" at the Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center and I read it as soon as I could. I really loved it because all the characters kinda had a back-story and, at the end, the book tells you how they're doing after defeating their enemy and figuring out the full extent of their powers.
I'm going to recommend it to my friends at school. It's pretty cool that you wrote it with your sons.
— Leela, age 10.
OUTSTANDING!! This was one of the best children's books I've read in a long time. The characters were funny and touched on so many serious points. Such a wonderful and refreshing read. I really enjoyed it.
I read Jerry Craft's new book "The Offender." It was wonderful. I could not put the book down. It shows the pain of bullying from a different perspective. I know both students and teachers will love this book. I cannot wait for my students to read it! This book is a must for educators and parents to read with their children
— Theresa Chirico,
A great tool to teach kids about the effects of bullying. The Offenders combines humor, adventure and plenty of subtle teachable moments that make it a great read for both students and teachers. I can't wait to share it with my class!
— Jim Lynch, 6th grade teacher
I finished the book! And it was awesome! I'm gonna recommend it to couple of my friends who I think would be interested, and I also want to thank you for writing a book that's fun and a has a meaningful theme that can change the way children behave and act. And I'm also wondering if there's a second book.
— Azell, 12 years old
A colleague loaned me her copy of The Offenders. The book is so GREAT that I finished reading it already, and I've only had it for 1 day! I think our students are really going to LOVE the book. I know that teachers will also love it because it teaches kids that it's not okay to be a bully, and it does so in a creative and entertaining way. I can't wait to read it to my students,and then make it part of my personal classroom library. This book was FANTASTIC!!!!
— Allyson Rubin,
7th and 8th Grade Teacher
I liked the book. It was great! I liked it because it made me laugh, and wonder what would happen next. In some parts it suprised me. I also liked the book because it had some action in it. I'm excited to read your next book...
— Cole, 10 years old
The Offenders does a great job of putting the effects of
bullying in perspective while still being incredibly funny, whether you're 8 or 48.
— Trae Candelario, student
This is a wonderful book. Jerry Craft and his teenage sons have come together to take on the world of bullying. This book shows how mean kids can be, especially if they don't realize it, but it's bullying with a twist! Despite the fact of getting super powers, these bullies get a taste of 'what goes around, comes around' when theyre forced to take on the aspects of the kids they bully instead becoming super cool kids with powers. So now they're the ones being teased.
There's lots of action, video games, evil sisters (YES!) and is totally hilarious. Boys will have fun with this book (and so will girls).
Known for his Mama's Boyz series, The Offenders: Saving the World, While Serving Dentention is a great entrance to the world of the Middle Grader.
Can you tell I loved this book?
— Rochon Perry, Publisher
I have seen this book on Amazon quite a few times when I have been searching for books to buy my nieces and nephews. I hadn't picked it up because I like to read a book before I give it out as a gift which is why I was excited to be chosen to receive a copy in the Goodreads First Reads program. This book is great for children and still fun for an adult. I love the way the author puts the bullies into the bullied children's shoes. With bullying becoming such a rampant problem this book managed to find a way to be serious about bullying while injecting excitement and humor which will keep kids wanting more