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Book 5 of 20 in the Bluford Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Townsend Press (January 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944210007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944210000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An enjoyable read. The author weaves all the realistic details of daily life that make readers forget this is fiction -- James Blasingame, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, September 2002

The suspense got to be so great that I could feel the blood pounding in my ears! --Terrance W., a 10th grade student

The second book (used with the class) was The Bully by Paul Langan, and it took the next six periods of eighth-grade classes by storm. I was no more than 2 paragraphs into reading my chosen chapter when I could tell from the absolute silence that the audience was hooked. Silence gave way to choral groans and laughter before a tense moment resulted in silence again and finally cheers when the protagonist, a small bullied ninth grader named Darrell, confronted the school bully Tyray, unexpectedly in the school cafeteria and sent him sprawling in a pool of spilled spaghetti. --James Blasingame from Books That Don't Bore 'Em, Scholastic, New York, NY. 2007

The second book (used with the class) was The Bully by Paul Langan, and it took the next six periods of eighth-grade classes by storm. I was no more than 2 paragraphs into reading my chosen chapter when I could tell from the absolute silence that the audience was hookedSilence gave way to choral groans and laughter before a tense moment resulted in silence again and finally cheers when the protagonist, a small bullied ninth grader named Darrell, confronted the school bully Tyray, unexpectedly in the school cafeteria and sent him sprawling in a pool of spilled spaghetti. --James Blasingame from Books That Don't Bore 'Em, Scholastic, New York, NY. 2007

The second book (used with the class) was The Bully by Paul Langan, and it took the next six periods of eighth-grade classes by storm. I was no more than 2 paragraphs into reading my chosen chapter when I could tell from the absolute silence that the audience was hookedSilence gave way to choral groans and laughter before a tense moment resulted in silence again and finally cheers when the protagonist, a small bullied ninth grader named Darrell, confronted the school bully Tyray, unexpectedly in the school cafeteria and sent him sprawling in a pool of spilled spaghetti. --James Blasingame from Books That Don't Bore 'Em, Scholastic, New York, NY. 2007

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I think knows a lot of people now that I am in a really cool club.
Sylvester
I am always looking for a good book to share with my students and this one was especially good to share.
Roxane Lynch
Would recommend it for Middle School students to read on how to bullying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sylvester on January 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
My name is Darrell Mercer. My mom and I live in A small town we don't have a lot of money. My uncle want us to come stay wit him and his kids because there is a good job waiting for his mom so they have to move. And I have to go to a school called Bluford High.

I have to find a way to survive in high school. Knowing that I am one of the little kids in school I have to survive a school full of bullies. There is a boy named Taray and he is one of one of the biggest students in the school and think I am the perfect target to bully.

Here I am in front of Bluford High firs day no friends yet. I I meet Taray and he is bullying be already. My uncle is always getting on me because how little I am for my age .I really like this girl in my class I am scared to tell her but there is only one problem Taray like her to. I got to find a way to defeat him. There is all kind of sports I can join to gain weight, strength, and self confidence. I will will show him whose boss and join a club and get stronger and beat him up. I think knows a lot of people now that I am in a really cool club. I and the girl I like is going to go to the school dance together but we can not be seen together or else I will get beat up. But we are caught dancing in the middle of the dance floor and I have to hide. But I guess it is too late now I am stuck in the trash in the restroom. I know I just have to get him back

I feel that this story remind me of my little sister because she use to get bullied at school but not anymore because my sister and brother go to school wit her now.

My option on this book is never try to get back at someone for something they did the time will come when that person will get something coming there way when the time is right.

I recommend this book to teens that like books like this .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ever had to deal with a bully? Darrell has to deal with a new home, a new school, and a new bully named Tyray. Tyray forces Darrell to pay him every friday. Tyray complains how he doesn't like collecting it everyday so he decides to just collect $10.00 every friday at the end of the week. Tyray has threatened Darrell that if he doesn't pay Tyray that Tyrary would hurt Darrell..... bad! Everywhere Darrell goes Tyray goes to follow Darrell around and bully him. Along with bullies at school Darrell is also trying to help his little cousin when he faces a bully, and his bully is in his own family! The book The Bully by Paul Langan is a book of growing confidence and trust. Once you start this book you can't put it down until it is finished. This is a long book, but don't let that hold you off, it will seem like it took you two days to read it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bowen on May 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Struggling readers need to be able to relate to the texts they are reading. It's probably the most important tool we can use when trying to pull kids back into books. The Bully has it. Even if the reader has never been bullied, all young readers can easily relate to Darrell's feelings of loneliness and worry. We've all been there from time to time, especially in the unsettling years of middle and high school. Paul Langan and Anne Schraff have done an excellent job of writing a book that is easily accessible to the struggling reader without ever talking down to them. The Bully is a book they can confidently carry around and read in public without ever having to worry about having a book that looks like it's been written for little kids. Nice job all the way around on this one.

Chris Bowen
Author ofOur Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Steele on December 8, 2009
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The Bully proved very popular among my middle school students (remedial reading). Most were really into the book, and most finished it although many had never read a book before this school year. I'm sure they were drawn in by the threat of violence and by the gritty realism that related to their own lives. I was disappointed by a couple of things - e.g. the bully was bested through a reciprocation of violence. But the things that disappointed me seemed to make the novel even more fulfilling for the students, and their positive response was what kept them reading. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By verde henderson on July 29, 2014
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My class of third graders sat spellbound as I read a chapter each afternoon before dismissal. I had to edit a few words, but they could relate to the storyline. It isn't a 3rd grade level independent reader, but as a Read Aloud, it makes them intrigued that an author, with their racial background, feels their experiences are valid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Domino on October 17, 2010
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"The Bully" by Paul Langan is the story about a quiet teen named Darrell Mercer. Darrell is nervous about moving to California with his mother and attending a new high school. Anxiety over transferring to a new school is a common issue with high schoolers, but the reader learns quickly that Darrell is different. While attending his previous high school, Darrell never had to stand up for himself and was `protected' from bullies by his friend. Now a new student at Bluford High, the 15 year old that has a physical build of a 12 year old becomes a victim of bullying. Tyray Hobbs and his gang of followers bully Darrell daily out of his lunch money and destroy his self-esteem.

Life at home isn't any better. Darrell's mother is pre-occupied with her new job and his uncle believes the solution to all of Darrell's problems is for him to just `toughen up.' When Darrell's English teacher Mr. Mitchell gives him the book, "The Hamlet" to read, things begin to change. Darrell joins the wrestling team and his self-confidence and popularity improves. His classmates give him a new respect for trying and shows interest a classmate, Amberlynn. Despite these social gains, Darrell continues to be tormented by Tyray and he makes a decision: run or fight. In a climatic cafeteria scene, Darrell finally stands up to Tyray, breaks his arm and embarrasses him in front of the entire school.

Despite the predictability of "The Bully" I really liked it. Langan captures the voice of teens and their experiences effectively in the story and I believe this is why books written by him are so popular with pre-teens and teens. Readers can really experience the pain of bullying and cheer Darrell on as he makes accomplishments on the wrestling team. This book could be used with boys beginning in 7th grade as a platform for discussion on the subject of bullying. Kids that read this book will definitely relate to this story and either place themselves in the shoes of Darrell or Tyray.
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More About the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Paul Langan spent his early childhood in the city before moving with his single mother to southern New Jersey. There he attended public school and worked a variety of jobs--including salesperson at a shoe store, attendant at a horse ranch, landscaper at a mental hospital, and a night-shift stockperson in a warehouse store near Atlantic City. "Each job," he says today, "could be the topic of several juicy novels."

In 1991, he enrolled at Camden County College and a year later transferred to La Salle University, where he studied creative writing and literature, earning a B.A. in English. While at La Salle, he lived with international students, traveled to his roommate's home in Kenya, became a prison tutor, and found the courage to write.

After graduation, he worked for a nonprofit agency in Philadelphia and then joined Townsend Press (TP) as an Assistant Editor. After he contributed to a number of TP textbooks and taught English at a community college, Paul reconnected to his interests in creative writing through the Bluford Series.

Originally working as an assistant with the Bluford novels, Paul's role steadily grew. He now serves as both editor of the series and author or coauthor of several novels, including The Bully, The Gun, The Fallen, and Promises to Keep. His stories reflect his personal experiences, including the difficulties of growing up without a father, being the "new kid" in school, and dealing with the loss of a loved one.

In 2001, Paul completed a Master's degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to expanding the Bluford Series, he dreams of writing a successful movie script, preferably a "supernatural thriller." Today Paul lives with his wife and three children near Philadelphia and stubbornly clings to the hope that he will one day see the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl.

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