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Surviving Brick Johnson

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Alex is running for his life. After making fun of the notorious bully Brick Johnson, he’s now convinced that Brick is out to get him. There is only one way to survive Brick Johnson—take karate lessons and become a powerful sensei. But after Brick shows up in karate class and treats Alex with respect, Alex’s picture of him begins to change. How can Brick be a bully and a ni ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published September 18th 2000 by Clarion Books
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May 11, 2015 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: school, 2015
I loved reading this book with my students! It brought up so many wonderful discussions about perceptions and respect.
Mar 16, 2010 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle grade struggling readers
Shelves: middle-grade
Did this one with my 4th grade book group of struggling readers. It's perfect for that M.O. because the characters are older (5th grade) but the writing is relatively simple. Easy to decode but lots of inference.

Is he a bully or isn't he?
We've been trudging through this one for weeks...
I listened to it, but it would be a short, quick read for most kids. Boy believes he offends the new (really big) kid with his impersonation of him. The boy then spends most of the book trying to avoid Brick and not be maimed. Good lesson for kids.
Maggi Idzikowski
Spare and quirky. Laurie Myers is Betsy Byars' daughter, and she co-wrote SOS Files, which I really loved too. This would be an excellent read-aloud for a 3rd grade class.
Very short, but very well written and, as the description tells, makes one think about pre-judging other people. Good for 4th and 5th graders.
.............but I don't remember anything standing out about it.
Stacy Ford
A good character education story....
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Laurie Myers is the award-winning author of chapter books for children, including Surviving Brick Johnson, an ALA notable book, and Lewis and Clark and Me, winner of the PA Children's book award and Honor book for Michigan. Her books have been on the International Reading Associations Children's Choice, Parents' Choice, and Teachers' Choice lists, as well as Junior Library Guild selection and many ...more
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