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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
“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It will teach a lot of kids a lot of things.
I recommend this book to schools all around