Monday, December 16, 2013

MMGM: The Bully Book

I'm so sorry I didn't do ANYTHING over this past week. You may not hear much from me, but at least I'll attempt to check in every Monday for a MMGM or a MMGM report.

Today's book is...
Goodreads says:

The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to “make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man” and how to select the Grunt-the kid who will become the lowest of the low.

Eric Haskins may be this year’s Grunt for now, but he’s determined not to stay at the bottom of the social ladder forever. Hilarious and compelling, The Bully Book is a must-read for every tween, tween parent, librarian and educator!

My review:
Although I find the whole idea of the "Bully Book" a little outlandish, the story is enjoyable and exciting. There are pages throughout that are from the book; these add quite a bit to the story. I always looked forward to seeing what the next lesson was.  It was great that Eric's perspective was shown through diary entries, not a third person view.
Well put together, this book is great. Even if the bullying isn't the organized type you see in THE BULLY BOOK, there are still a lot of lessons to be learned. Mr. Gale's tale is something special that will strike a special nerve with anyone who has ever been bullied.
4.5/5 stars

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