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Bully Hardcover – September 13, 2012

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Like Toney Allman’s nonfiction title Mean behind the Screen (2008), Polacco’s powerful picture book dramatizes how online abuse has intensified the cruelty of bullying. New to her school, Lyla links up with Jamie, another new kid in her sixth-grade class, and they become close friends. Dramatic line-and-watercolor artwork shows the two outsiders in the lunchroom, excluded by the geeks, the nerds, the toughs, the sports kids, and especially by the “celebrity” table of the most popular girls. After Jamie gives Lyla good advice about getting a cell phone and a laptop and helps her create a Facebook page, she feels more connected. Then, though, Lyla becomes so cool that the popular crowd invites her to sit with them––but only if she breaks from Jamie. And she does, until they show her what fun they are having humiliating her friend on Facebook with cruel images and insults. After Lyla stands up to the “celebrities,” they take ugly revenge. Kids will recognize the charged scenarios of anger and hurt and the seething contemporary middle-school social scene. Great for group discussion. Grades 3-7. --Hazel Rochman

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“Powerful . . . dramatizes how online abuse has intensified the cruelty of bullying. . . . Dramatic line-and-watercolor artwork. . . . Kids will recognize the charged scenarios of anger and hurt and the seething contemporary middle-school social scene. Great for group discussion.” — Booklist

"The artwork realistically portrays—through their body language and wonderfully expressive hands—what these youngsters are feeling. Polacco captures the insidiousness of cyberbullying. . . . Will spark intense and much-needed discussions." — School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257049
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born Patricia Ann Barber in Lansing, Michigan, to parents of Russian and Ukrainian descent on one side and Irish on the other, Patricia Polacco grew up in both California and Michigan. Her school year was spent in Oakland, California, and summers in her beloved Michigan. She describes her family members as marvelous storytellers. "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping corn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about their homeland and the past. We are tenacious traditionalists and sentimentalists.... With each retelling our stories gain a little more Umph!"Studying in the United States and Australia, Patricia Polacco has earned an M.F.A. and a Ph. D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting, and iconographic history. She is a museum consultant on the restoration of icons. As a participant in many citizen exchange programs for writers and illustrators, Patricia Polacco has traveled extensively in Russia as well as other former Soviet republics. She continues to support programs that encourage Russo-American friendships and understanding. She is also deeply involved in inner-city projects here in the U.S. that promote the peaceful resolution of conflict and encourage art and literacy programs.The mother of a grown son and a daughter, Patricia Polacco currently resides in Michigan, where she has a glorious old farm that was built during the time of Lincoln.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hsilver on October 16, 2012
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Polacco has written many great books. This one is just OK.
The topic is a good one, but the book sounds like a lecture. Many of her books have a wonderful feeling of childish curiosity or wonder. That wouldn't have worked for this topic.
She tries but doesn't quite succeed at getting inside the head of a preteen convincingly. Perhaps this topic doesn't lend itself to a book of this type and length.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Keeler on September 23, 2012
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WOW! Perfect for 5th grade unit on internet safety! I also would rec. for middle school and high school! DON'T be afraid to read aloud this powerful picture book to older kids!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth D. Irby on December 15, 2013
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Another great book by Patricia Polacco. This is a great picture book to teach students about bullying. I used this the first week of school with my 4th and 5th grade classes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By informed on October 25, 2012
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I really enjoyed the book. When it first arrived I was worried that it was a little too wordy for a read aloud for my third grade students. However, it read really smoothly and I did finish it in one reading. It's just that it has a little more to do with cyberbullying. Most of my kids are not "connected" yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Ervin on February 12, 2015
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Another great Patricia Polacco book. I just wish I had them when I was young. I love the lessons she teaches. I love her illustrations and I just love her. This is a really good book to use if you are having children with bullying problems. I used this book at school and felt like it went over really well with the students. I kept their interest when we read this book and that is always a positive thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim on December 2, 2013
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Anything by Patricia Polacco is endearing and touching. Perfect for children who are in elementary school to teach them about differences in others, being kind and having an open heart.
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Patricia Polacco's latest offering is a wordy picture book geared for pre-teens (think 4th-6th grade) that covers the problem of "cyber bullying." There are so many opportunities for conversation that are opened with this book. Is it okay to tease people? How would you feel in a new school? Should your parents or school allow cell phones? One of the main "mean girls" has lost both her parents in a car accident - does that excuse her behavior? How does high-stakes testing make you feel? Is it ever okay to cheat? What about tattling? With lots of mentions of Facebook and cell phones, it seems as if this book has its finger on the pulse of a hot issue today, but has strong potential to feel a bit dated in a few years. There's a real "after school special" feeling to this one, and it ends with a large, bold-face question, "What would you do?" Sure to be a favorite in school libraries.
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By L Watkins on February 18, 2013
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As an elementary school teacher (gr. 3) who has had to cover the topic of bullying as part of the curriculum, I was looking for an appropriate book for students age 8-9. My students enjoyed this book immensely. They continue to refer to it throughout the year. It is relevant to our current times, when cyber-bullying is on the rise. I highly recommend it for teachers, parents, and caregivers of children ages 8+.
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