Alex has a secret. For generations, his family has possessed a magical flying coat, which only works if used to help others. Join Alex on his second adventure as he encounters a blind boy, Mason, from school and three bullies. Alex is faced with the difficult decision of flying away and not getting involved, or helping Mason and risk getting teased himself. Alex knows what he has to do, but knowing and doing are two very different things.
Will Alex stand up to the bullies and help his friend? Find out in this suspenseful book that will leave you wanting to go on your own adventures to help others.
This book was a 2021 finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards
“As adults, it is so important for us to consider how we educate children on topics such as diversity, inclusion, difference, and acceptance. Standing Up For Others is a beautiful resource to help teach children these crucial lessons. Sometimes the harder choice is the right choice. It is harder to stand up and say something than it is to walk away. Julia has created a story that depicts this struggle and effortlessly narrates for children the steps they can take to solve a problem with a bully.
As a legally blind author and educator of children with disabilities, this is a book I plan to use in my own educational practice to help my students and their peers learn to advocate for themselves and others. It would make the perfect addition to any classroom library!”
– Frankie Ann Marcille, Author, Educator, and Disability Advocate
“This is a fantastic children’s book to support understanding & acceptance of others who are different. In our ever-diversifying world, it is important that we have these types of books to allow children to see characters that reflect all members of our population. We can open their minds and allow questions and
conversations that encourage inclusion, kindness & compassion. A truly great read & adventure for our young learners.”
– Aimee Wood, Author/Educator, New London, CT
About the Author
Julia Reid is an author and teacher who lives in Connecticut. She studied Early Childhood Education at Mitchell College, Graduating in 2019. She currently teaches at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, yoga, and theater. This is the second book in her Alex and the Magical Coat Series, and she hopes to write many more.
About the Illustrator
Amanda Grafe is an author and illustrator from New England. She enjoys spending time with her dog, writing about the arts, and making the world a better place. In addition to illustrating the books in Julia Reid’s Alex and the Magical Coat Series, Amanda has authored three of her own children’s books, illustrating two of them: My Best Ghoul Friend, Baby Bunny and the Balloon, and The Sneaky Mouse.