Tahlia Newland's You Can't Shatter Me is an affirmation of positive thinking and healing through meditation. It's a book that belongs on any young reader's, parent's and teacher's must-read list. Bullying is a great concern for any parent who has a child in the school system whether it be at the elementary or high school level. Newland depicts a heart-wrenching picture of the cruelty and humiliation experienced by the victims of bullying.
The characters are well fleshed out and memorable. Carly, a feisty teenager, wants to create her own life story and is determined to be courageous and be a savior of the underdog. Dylan, her new nerd boyfriend who knows how to fight, discovers through Carly's admonition that he can also be a bully. Justin's bullying power is severely challenged by Carly's self-love approach.
The Symbolism of the Magical Elements addition at the end of the book makes it easy to understand Carly and Dylan's different shifts in perception throughout the story. Magic realist elements are used to further the plot or present the different themes.
This is certainly a book to be read and discussed in all classrooms; a most enjoyable read and a keeper on my bookshelf.