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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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The big idea in this book was about bullying and how bullying can hurt feelings and ruin someone's reputation. The language was clear and descriptive and the writing flowed very well and was paced appropriately. The believable and developed characters made the story authentic. Polacco's illustrations were appropriate to the mood of the story and the style fit with the written text. This book pushes readers to think about what they put on their social media and to think about the damage spreading rumors can have on an individual. ( )
  Tee_Barnett | Oct 21, 2015 |
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 |
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 |
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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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