Bullying is an issue in most (if not all) schools. Kids are often too scared to tell their parents or teachers and suffer in silence. As a teacher I saw it happening all the time and talked to the class about looking out for each other.
Batjack is a much needed story that would make a wonderful read aloud in class. After each chapter the students could talk about the issues that have been brought up and also role play or problem solve how they would get out of situations. I think Ann has taken the issue of bullying one step further than most books too. She has addressed the problem that a bully might have and looked at how victims can be more confident and therefore not look like victims or easy targets.
If I was still teaching I would encourage the students to turn the problem solving techniques into posters. I suggest that schools perhaps invite a self defence instructor to teach a few sessions. At the moment, schools seem to deal with the problems rather than search for solutions. This book will be a great addition to middle, senior Primary and Intermediate schools libraries (even years 9 and 10 where bullying is often rife) plus I'd recommend schools purchase it as a resource for their Health curriculum.
Ann also has two small books - one for children and another for parents - as a follow up to the book. She'll also be adding a free downloadable teaching resource to her website: www.createbooks.co.nz