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Bully (edition 2012)

by Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

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Member:noland2012
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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Dealing with the sweeping problem of the mis use of technology and cyber bullying, Polacco's focuses on the issue of wanting to be liked and the extremes young adults go to in order to be accepted.

Moving to a new school, Lyla finds another student who is also a newcomer. Jamie doesn't dress or act as cool as others, but he has a kind, gentle spriit and Lyla likes his company. Then, when Lyla is accepted by the cool gang, she doesn't value Jamie as much.

When Lyla is betrayed by the cool group, she learns that it is Jamie who comes to her rescue. ( )
  Whisper1 | Aug 6, 2014 |
Lyla and Jamie become great friends, until Lyla joins a new group of friends after becoming a cheerleader. Lyla's new friends are mean and nasty, and love to bully other people. When they target Jamie, Lyla gets out and defends her old friend.

Recommended Age: Primary ( )
  indiabessette | Mar 9, 2014 |
This is a story that encompasses an issue a lot of children these days face, cyber bullying. The main character,Lyla, is beginning a new school where she makes friends with her fellow new comer, Jamie. Soon she finds herself joining the cheerleading team and becoming friends with the popular girl. The more she hung out with them the more she realized how different she was from them. The girls would bully their peers on Facebook. She realized enough was enough when they began to insult her best friend. In turn the girls begin to bully Lyla and turned the whole school against her. It ends with Lyla contemplating changing schools.

Although this wasn't my favorite book, it had a nice message that children can learn from. It hit the mark with a modern day issue. It is an inspirational story about protecting friends and standing for what is right. ( )
  Imandayeh | Jan 18, 2014 |
The ever-prolific Patricia Polacco, who now has fifty-six picture-books to her credit, was inspired to create this latest title after witnessing the dramatic rise of bullying amongst students, over the twenty years she has been visiting schools to talk about her work. Following the story of Lyla, whose family has just moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and who is anxious to fit in, it sets out a series of events that is as believable as it is sobering. Initially making friends with fellow new-comer Jamie, Lyla finds herself suddenly part of the "in crowd" when she takes a leading role in the academic and sports life of her new school, winning an award for her grades, and gaining a much-coveted spot on the cheer-leading team. When her new friends put pressure on her to dump Jamie, she tries to compromise by only spending time with him in secret. But when their bullying extends to a Facebook campaign, Lyla knows that she can't continue to stay silent, but what price will she be forced to pay, for doing what is right...?

Although I wouldn't describe Bully as one of my favorites, when it comes to Patricia Polacco's work - her best books tend to be about her own family, and almost invariably have me sniffling into the pages as I read - I do think it is an incredibly valuable work, one that explores an important issue from a variety of perspectives, and offers a sensitive depiction of young person being faced with some difficult situations. The open-ended nature of the conclusion would make for an excellent starting point for classroom discussion, in which a variety of questions - should Gage's loss (which occurs before the book begins) be taken into account, in judging her conduct? will the students' behavior to Lyla change, once the truth comes out, or has a toxic pattern set in? and of course, should Lyla and Jamie switch schools? - could be explored. The artwork, which is characterized by Polacco's trademark use of color and energetic motion, captures the emotional register of each scene, making this is as expressive of a story visually, as it is textually. Recommended to young victims of bullying, to bullies themselves, and to children who are bullying bystanders, perhaps in conjunction with a title like Peggy Moss' Say Something. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 15, 2013 |
Online bullying in 6th grade, a story about a timely subject. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:03 -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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