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Gr 4-6–Pretty Maggie Carey and her two satellites plague Elizabeth Moon. Their preferred method of cruelty is “advice” in the guise of kindness. The boys in their sixth-grade class have their own nemesis in the form of Stewart Gunderson. The bullying escalates, culminating in Maggie cyberbullying Elizabeth and Stewart urinating on Matthew Berry. Revenge dominates the thoughts of the victims as the middle-school dance approaches. The boys follow through with theirs, but Elizabeth chooses instead to confront Maggie. This is laudable but her gullibility as she falls for yet another fake overture of friendship is frustrating and incredible. Runt is written in a kaleidoscopic manner, including first-person student narratives; third-person scenarios; sundry documents; and, occasionally, outsiders' viewpoints, among them, those of a dog and a public librarian. A few of these asides are unnecessary distractions. The six main characters are complex individuals who defy the usual stereotypes. The students' skirmishes parallel the power struggles among the dogs at Elizabeth's house that are also maneuvering for position and acceptance. As Sadie, the Saint Bernard, states at the end, “I want to know where I belong. Just like you.” Overall, Runt is an honest, occasionally humorous portrait of life in the sixth grade, and an additional purchase on the topic of bullying.–Kathy Cherniavsky, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elizabeth, whose mother expects her to help with the dogs boarded in their home kennel, is used to occasional teasing from her middle-school classmates, but she’s stunned to be maliciously targeted on a social-media site. Meanwhile, classmate Matthew is suspended for punching a teammate who was urinating on his shoes. While these incidents provide focal points for the narrative, the book looks at individual students in a broader context. Baskin takes on the complex topic of bullying and handles it in a complicated way, through multiple points of view that include bullied kids, bullying ones, and bystanders. The narration shifts from first person to third person to letters, memos, and other documents while also changing from one individual’s perspective to another’s and assuming that readers will quickly figure out whose viewpoint is featured in each chapter. Although this approach offers insights into the characters’ thoughts and motivations, it slows the story’s momentum. Still, some chapters make riveting reading, and the novel could serve as a springboard for discussion. Grades 5-7. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442458070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442458079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin S. Millay on August 25, 2013
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I love the animal kingdom/human kingdom behavioral connections that Nora Baskin uses throughout Runt. It is a simple and strong way to really capture the Middle School environment without being preachy. Runt is a sophisticated book despite its brevity. You have to read slowly or you will feel a bit lost in the early adolescent cacophony. This book makes me wish I was teaching again. It offers the opportunity for great discussions about voice, writing techniques, capturing the perspective of animals--what is that dog thinking?, teachers, and parents.

Runt should be required reading in every classroom from the middle grades up because Baskin understands what makes these characters tick and they are so very real. Students will recognize themselves and be drawn to the parallel universe with animals. This book will prompt strong discussions about bullying and standing up for yourself without compromising your integrity. It is a crowded story just like the hallways of middle and high schools.

(Nora Baskin's son Ben wrote a chapter,"The Trouble with Urinals". You will hold your breath as you read because it rings so true. I read in an interview that Baskin said she couldn't truly know what it was like to be in that situation, so she called on her son who is also a writer. Just an extra touch of cool and real in this truly wonderful book.)
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Format: Hardcover
This book was less a novel than a series of vignettes showing a group of middle school kids coping with the jungle that is middle school.

We have Elizabeth whose mother is a dog boarder and who always is covered in dog hair. She is also a talented writer.

We have Stewart who acts like the typical bully and big basketball star but who has a handicapped older sister that he really loves.

We have Matthew who is talented at basketball but doesn't quite fit in with the other kids. He's suspended from school for punching Stewart in the nose despite the fact that Stewart urinated on his shoes first.

We have Maggie who decides to put up a fake web page making fun of Elizabeth and then can't take it down before others see it because a hurricane knocks out the power for a week.

We have Freida who is a talented artist and self-conscious about her braces and weight and who dresses in her own unique style despite her older sister's urging to be more normal.

All of these kids, and a few other two, bounce off each other as their paths cross during the course of time in a typical middle school.

It was an interesting story. I did feel that the adults were mostly ineffectual and clueless about what was going on among the students though.
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Format: Paperback
This book is about sixth graders who experience bullying. It begins with a girl named Elizabeth Moon. Elizabeth lives in a poor household with her mom, who runs a kennel. Her mom told her that female dogs will always fight to the death. Elizabeth wonders if this is what it will be like in middle school. Then we meet Maggie, Zoe, and Patrice. All are rich, snotty, and mean girls. When Elizabeth becomes their new victim, she discovers the answer to her question. Middle schools attack to the death, just like dogs. When Maggie posts rude comments about Elizabeth on her 'person2person' page, she has to learn to live with the experience. In the book, adults are not very important to the story. The book has been written from many different perspectives (sometimes it is from the dog's point of view). Reading all the different voices can be a little confusing, but when you read closely, it isn't too much of a challenge. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other middle school students.
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By Gerard F. Zemek on July 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Runt by Nora Raleigh Baskin is a children's book about the trials that middle-aged school kids go through. I liked how the kids were portrayed and the story line. It moved along at a good pace.
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