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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062125117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062125118
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part instruction manual, part journal from the trenches, this debut novel incorporates both sides of the bullying issue into a single narrative. Eric Haskins is an average kid who has coasted through elementary school with a couple of friends and without attracting undue attention. But this year he is the “Grunt,” the kid that everyone in sixth grade hates. Unsure of what he has done wrong, Eric becomes obsessed with getting his hands on the mythic Bully Book, which will supposedly tell him why he has been designated the Grunt. Eric keeps a journal, pages of which are intermixed with pages from the Bully Book. Reading the two together highlights how enigmatic the problem is for the child who is on the receiving end of a clearly defined set of unwritten rules. The fact that the Bully Book writes all the rules down adds a conspiratorial menace to the story. It is an over-the-top approach, yet it reinforces the insidious nature of bullying and its continued prevalence in the lives of middle-schoolers. Grades 3-6. --Kara Dean

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“[A] gripping debut novel...a layered and attention-grabbing mystery. Gale’s accounts of bullying are subtle and chilling, but readers will finish the book believing that the humiliations Eric suffers can be conquered.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A compelling and unusual look at a complex and intractable problem that succeeds admirably as story as well.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[F]ast paced, with strong character voice in the writing...Great for discussion.” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author

Grew up in suburban Michigan currently living in urban Chicago. Almost all of my friends are from my theater days at University of Michigan, and I'm still at it with them, devising shows and stories for books.
The Bully Book is my first novel and is very much based on events from my young life as told through the lens of a mystery novel. I'll have a new fantasy book coming out next year, The Zoo at the Edge of the World. It's a story eight years in the making and I am thrilled it'll finally see the light of day.

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I thought The Bully Book was a a great debut novel.
Kayla's Reads and Reviews
Of course I read it first, so I could not wait to read it again that is how much I liked, The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale.
Lovely Reader
This book was a great read, my daughter loved it and recommends it to everyone.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Starkid654 on June 7, 2011
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I just finished this book after reading it from start to finish in one sitting. It's an amazing book, and really feels like the author has experienced something like this because of how accurately it portrays what a number of people went through going to public schools.

I was not at all a popular kid at any point in my schooling, but I'm lucky enough that I never had it as bad as the Grunts in this story did. Despite that, there were many points throughout the story that I identified with Eric Haskins. I felt it was a well-written, thought provoking story, appropriate for someone of any age.

This story and it's conclusion will stick with me for a long time, and I plan on recommending it to everyone I know!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Field on June 12, 2011
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I agree with a previous reviewer that it didn't really sound like a 10 year old talking, but the story was fantastic. I'm so glad to see the Starkids are branching out into other mediums, I can't wait to see what else they do!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on January 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The hardback edition of this book was republished by HarperCollins, eliminating the typos and grammar mistakes that were found in the self-published ebook. So buy the physical book if it's going to bother you and distract from the story.

SUMMARY:

Almost overnight, Eric has become the school's Grunt, the one kid who gets mercilessly bullied by the rest of his sixth grade classmates. His mission is to figure out why this is happening, and why him? Before this he was a nice kid who hadn't done anything to get bullied over.

It all stems from the so-called "Bully Book", an instruction manual handed down from year to year telling how to become a bully, how to pick a victim, and how to get ahead by stepping on the other kids.

WRITING STYLE:

The book alternates between Eric's journal pages and pages from the bully book, giving you a good understanding of the relationship between the bully and the bullied, the thoughts and fears of both sides, and what drives them to do what they do.

This book really opens you eyes to the world around you, and I'm sure that everyone can relate to someone in this book, whether it's Eric or the bullies, from your own experience or watching it happen to someone else. You can tell that the author has had some bullying in his past from the way it's written with such real emotions and thoughts that will pull you into the story, making you interested in what will happen next, keeping you surprised through the twists and turns, and quite possibly will make you cry. And then cry some more.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

I would truly recommend this book to anyone. Whether your an adult, teen, or child. This book has the ability to impact you so strongly that you will never ever forget it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ShishkaRobb on June 8, 2011
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"The Bully Book" gives interesting insight into not only the lives of the bullied, but also into the bullies themselves. It also delivers thought provoking ideas on societal structure.

My only two quibbles were that 1. It didn't really sound like a ten-year-old telling it. and 2. The ending felt a tad rushed to me.

Even so, "The Bully Book" is well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kayla's Reads and Reviews on April 23, 2013
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I thought The Bully Book was a a great debut novel. The Bully Book is about a boy named Eric. He is tormented by his classmates and he can't figure out why. It turns out that there is a book passed down every year from the sixth graders called The Bully Book. In the book, it says if you want to become popular you have to pick a student to bully, among other things. Eric makes it his mission to find the book and put an end to the bullying. The Bully Book teaches kids how bad it feels to be bullied. It hurts physically, mentally, and emotionally. The plot had me turning pages wondering if Eric was going to find the book. I liked all the characters. I could identify with Eric. I was bullied quite a bit in middle school. I thought the ending was great. I don't think the author could have picked a more perfect ending for the book. I look forward to reading more of the Eric Kahn Gale's work in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheRaisinGirl on February 13, 2013
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"The Bully Book" was a difficult read, not in the sense of the level of writing (which was good writing but clearly written at a young person's reading level) so much as in the sense that I very strongly identified with the feelings of the main character. Growing up I often felt as if there must be some secret conspiracy, uniting all my peers in hating me, vehemently and openly. The mystery of the Bully Book is enthralling, and the characterization of the adults as either unwilling to help or actively deterring the quest felt real, genuine, like something I would have felt at that age. I read this book in one sitting and had to sit back and just sit for a moment when I was done, to think about the secret revealed at the end and how it made me feel...and whether I agreed with it.

Over a year later, it still has me thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda P. Minaker on December 5, 2013
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I read this book and liked the book so much I decided to tech it to my 6th grade class with great response! I have suggested it to all our staff.
The book addresses bullying in a unique way- the main character really goes on a quest to figure out why he is being bullied. I like the characyer's strength. The author also points to adults who help and those who don't seem to care. As a teacher, this puts us on alert about a problem we seem to be aware of but that still persists.
A great perspective, a twist ending and my students are all hooked on reading it! Five stars!!!
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