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Bully by Patricia Polacco

Bully (edition 2012)

by Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

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

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Bully by Patricia Polacco



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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 |
Patricia Polacco's picture book BULLY does a wonderful job of addressing the important issue of cyber-bullying. Lyla Dean has just moved to town and doesn't know anyone at her new school - until she meets Jamie, another new student in the sixth grade. They bond quickly and become very close friends. But soon, Lyla is getting the best grades in class and recruited for the cheerleading squad; and the popular girls are watching closely. When they reach out to Lyla, she is quick to enter their clique and notices she is not being such a good friend to Jamie anymore. After getting to know the popular girls a little more, and watching them make fun of some other students - including Jamie - Lyla stands up to the girls and chooses to be friends with Jamie instead. After that, an incident occurs in which Lyla is accused of something she didn't do and experiences the horrible effects of cyber-bullying. I thought this was a very powerful story with a rather serious subject matter, though it is definitely something that needs to be talked about. I think Polacco's use of illustrations adds another dimension to the story; they are very detailed and expressive, especially in the characters facial expressions and body language. The text is longer and the storyline is definitely aimed at an older age group so I would suggest this book to middle schoolers; I feel like many kids could relate to this book in one way or another and I think it is very relevant to today's culture with cellphones and laptops. At the end of the book, Polacco asks the reader, "What would you do?" This can spark some very good discussion in the classroom about cyber-bullying and bullying in general. I think I would have students write an individual reflection on the story in writing journals and then as a group we could brainstorm an action plan for stopping cyber-bullying. ( )
  mmiller28 | Oct 18, 2015 |
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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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