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Bully (edition 2012)

by Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

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Title:Bully
Authors:Patricia Polacco
Other authors:Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2012), Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:cyber_bully, picture_book, middle_school, moving, new_school

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Review/Critique: This was a book about the a young girl and her family moving and starting over in a new city. Her name is Lyla, at first she does not like her new school but then she met a new great friend Jamie. She began to enjoy her new school and friendship and began succeeding in school academically and otherwise. As she became more popular she began hanging out with a group of girls that were considered popular but were very mean. She eventually realized being with them was a bad idea and stopped hanging out with them, after that those girls lied, bullied her and got Lyla in big trouble with state testing. But then Jamie knew the truth and confessed that one of the popular girls did it to get Lyla in trouble. The book ends with the question of " Would you go back to school after that?". This was a good multicultural book because it provided the perspective of a student in such a way that students who might not believe "Lyla" could relate and understand why they should believe her. It created a different perspective to be understanding of bullying victims.
  jdehowitt15 | Apr 4, 2017 |
In the story of Bully, Lyla is a new student in the San Fransisco district, she finds her self deeply missing her old school and when she notices that everyone has there own groups formed she is more intimidated at the fact that making friends won’t be easy. However there is also another new student, Jamie that becomes her friend on the first day of school and they find out that they have the same sixth grade teacher and even sit next to each other in the class room. Lyla begins to explore the different curricular activities that are in school such as cheerleading and she is so good that she makes the cheerleading squad. Not only that, but she is also doing very well in her classes. Because of this one of the most popular girls in school begins to notice her and befriends her. Little does Lyla know that the popular girls in school make fun of the students at school through their computers and phones, one which included her friend Jamie. Lyla feels bad for not sticking up for Jamie, however as time goes by she notices that she does not one to be one of those people that put people down, so she stops being friends with the girl group. Doing this causes them to attack her by putting her at fault for steeling a test exam, which causes everyone at the school to dislike her. At the same time her brother goes through the same thing at his school. In the end they find out who really was the one that stole the exam and although things do not go back to normal, Lyla continues to excel in her studies while having a friend like Jamie that will always stick by her side.
  jzsolorzano7 | Jan 24, 2017 |
I loved how this book touched on cyberbullying and peer pressure. That is such a huge thing to deal with now in society and as a counselor, I will encounter scenarios that are very similar to this book. Cheating, reputation, lying....it's a must have in my opinion.
  Gabrielle_Stoller | Oct 14, 2016 |
The language in this book is clear and descriptive. The writing was paced appropriately and flowed very well. The well developed characters made the story authentic. Moving to a new place and being at a new school can be difficult for any child. Lyla's experience can help encourage and motivate readers who can relate to her situation to stand up for themselves. Polacco's illustrations appropriately fit the mood of the the story. The book pushes readers to think about what they place on social media and think about how rumors can damage an individual. The message in this story is about bullying and the effects bullying has on people's reputations and feelings. ( )
  tbarne16 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Patricia Polacco's book BULLY did a nice job addressing the important issue of cyber-bullying. The main character just moved to a new school and doesn’t know anyone. She met a student named Jamie who is in the 6th grade. As time continues Lyla the new students starts to make lot of friends, receives good grades, and makes the cheerleading team. The popular girls began talking to Lyla, but she quickly realized how mean these girls were to others and stood up to them. She is then accused of something that she didn’t, and faces the affects of cyber bullying. This is a very touchy subject for many kids and it is important for students to understand the affects cyber bullying has on others. This book has a great message that can really help students who are struggling. This group is great for late elementary students and even up until high school, because this is a problem that occurs at any age in life. I think it is very relevant to our culture we live in since technology is used so often. The author asked, “What would you do?” at the end of the story, and this is a great way to open up a discussion, and have students express how they feel about the situation. This story is a great way to introduce a good life lesson that students of all ages should be aware of. ( )
  tkoret1 | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399257047, Hardcover)

Patricia Polacco takes on cliques and online bullying

Lyla finds a great friend in Jamie on her first day of school, but when Lyla makes the cheerleading squad and a clique of popular girls invites her to join them, Jamie is left behind. Lyla knows bullying when she sees it, though, and when she sees the girls viciously teasing classmates on Facebook, including Jamie, she is smart enough to get out. But no one dumps these girls, and now they're out for revenge.

Patricia Polacco has taken up the cause against bullies ever since Thank You, Mr. Falker, and her passion shines through in this powerful story of a girl who stands up for a friend.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:53 -0400)

Sixth-grade friends Lyla and Jamie, both new to their school, stand up for each other when a clique of popular girls bullies them online.

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