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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  271 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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 i...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 02, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Patricia Polacco fans; for discussing cyber-bullying and bullying in general
It was ready at the library today. I picked it up today. I read it today. Now I’ll have to wait ½ year for her next book. I’ve been caught up for a while with all Polacco’s books so I’ve been waiting book to book. This was a worthwhile one to wait for.

I think this story does an admirable job of addressing the subject of cyber-bullying, in this case among some sixth graders.

I realize that this book and several other books by this author-illustrator could (almost) go on my san-francisco shelf. I a...more
Sue Seligman
When I heard that Patricia Polacco wrote a book called Bully, I thought it was going to be a YA chapter book, but I was wrong. It is a children's book with Polacco's signature illustrations and concerns a 6th grade girl's experience with cyber bullying. Lyla has moved to a new school near the Golden Gate Bridge, and immediately becomes friendly with a cheerful boy named Jamie. She soon becomes aware that the school is inhabited by the usual cliques of middle school: the athletes, the nerds, the...more
Barbara
When Lyla Dean's family moves to the San Francisco area, she is relieved to make friends with another new student, Jamie Aldrich. But their friendship is threatened when she is invited to join popular girls Gage, Kenyon and Maeve at their table. Although Lyla knows it's wrong, she says nothing when the girls leave cruel comments on other students' Facebook pages. As she watches her younger brother and Jamie become victimized by the school bullies, she decides to stand up to Gage on Jamie's behal...more
Trevor
I've been looking forward to this book since I heard about it. And after I heard the news of Amanda Todd's suicide, I was interested in it even more. This is a topic which needs to be talked about with young kids. So a book for Elementary students about cyber bullying? What a great idea - bring it on!

Well, this book delivered. It is simple in plot and words, perfect for older kids in Elementary school. It reminded me somewhat of those classic (classic for me - remember I'm only 18!) kids shows,...more
Jackie
A powerful look at cyber-bullying, school, and middle-school students. Jamie and Lyla are new to the school and become friends in the spirit of new-kid friendship. They have a lot in common, but as Lyla starts to excel at all activities in school, cheer-leading, grades, and service, Jamie is left behind somewhat. They are still friends, but....

Now, Lyla has caught the eye of the most popular girls at school and they take her under their wings. When the group starts a cyber-bullying campaign aga...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Polacco, Patricia. Bully. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012. Print
This review is also on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

The subject of bullying in general but online bullying in particular is very important to address with children. Being bullied online can be scary and they need to know how to deal with it. Books like Bully by Patricia Pollacco can make for a good conversation starter with students and children who are experiencing this type of bullying.
In Bully, Lyla is...more
Kelly Ketcham
Raise your hand if you can tell us what cyber bullying means. Who has seen or experienced cyber bullying? What if you finally became a member of the popular crowd but then realized you didn't agree with the choices they were making. This is what happens to Lyla in "Bully" by Patricia Polacco. Lyla is left with a choice and must make some difficult decisions in her sixth grade year to do the right thing. However, every choice has a consequence...

Opening Moves-
-Tell the meaning of a key word
-Invit...more
Nicole
I'm curious to find out how this book is received by the children who are the audience. As an adult I think it seems a bit sensationalized. I do like that it ends with a question posed to the reader about how they would respond to such actions.
Linda
I know that every time I pick up a book by the wonderful story teller Patricia Polacco that it will be a terrific memory or a lesson to learn, or both. This time, Patricia tells the story of Lyla, new to her school, keeping a low key profile until she sees that the popular girls aren’t so nice, and she pushes them away to return to her old friend, a boy named Jamie. Thing are worse before they better and the story introduces a bully that might be recognized as a cyber-bully on Facebook. Only tw...more
Talia Apkon
The premise of this book reminded me of "Mean Girls" for middle school. I was excited to read it because I love Patricia Polacco and was interested to see how she would take on this big subject. I was slightly disappointed in the level of emotional depth that I found. That being said, the characters are relatable and the book has an important message. I would recommend this book to middle school students (5th-8th), though the themes of dealing with peer pressure and bullying obviously extend out...more
Julie Sigmund
perfect read to begin a conversation about bullying, especially cyber bullying.
Carol Royce Owen
I like this book because it is a picture book about bullying that can be used with older students. I love using picture books with 5th, 6th, 7th graders, but too often they are a bit immature. This one is of a girl, Lyla, coming to a new school who instantly is befriended by another new student, a boy named Jamie. The school has its niches for the jocks, art students, toughs, geeks and nerds, and after a while they both start to fit in. When Lyla starts to be noticed because of her good grades a...more
Patricia Tilton
Lyla is friends with Jamie. They eat lunch together and watch sci-fi movies on Fridays. Jamie is also computer savvy and helps Lyla set up a Facebook page on her computer. Lyla makes the cheerleading squad and wins some awards at school. The popular girls take note of her and invite her into their group. Lyla begins to pays less attention to Jamie. But, when Lyla watches her new friend Gage surf the computer to leave nasty and hurtful remarks on the Facebook pages of targeted classmates, includi...more
Samantha
Lyla and Jamie are the new kids at school. They are 6th graders and not members of the popular crowd. After earning good grades and joining the cheer leading squad suddenly the popular girls befriend Lyla. While hanging out with them she witnesses the popular girls harass fellow classmates online through Facebook. This changes how she feels about being accepted by them, especially when they write mean things about Jamie on his Facebook page. When she puts some distance between herself and the po...more
Tasha
Lyla was very nervous about starting sixth grade at her new school, but she met Jamie on her first day and they immediately became friends. Lyla found herself fascinated by the three popular girls in school, who completely ignored her. She managed to get their attention when she got the top grade on an essay. Lyla tried out for cheerleading and made the team. Lyla even negotiated with her parents to get a laptop and Jamie helped her put together a Facebook page. Suddenly the popular girls starte...more
Erin
Bully by Patricia Polacco was a worthy and helpful read. This story is about a girl named Lyla and her brother who move to a new school from out of town. When she arrives she meets a boy named Jamie who is not popular in the school. They become fast friends and it is quickly noted that to get connected with school Lyla should own a laptop and cell phone, and start a facebook page. Lyla starts to get the highest grades in school and even get selected for cheerleading squad. Here she finds out who...more
Taneka
Lyla Dean has just moved to San Francisco. She makes a new friend at school named Jamie Aldrich and she thinks he is pretty cool. Soon Lyla draws the attention of the popular kids and once she makes the cheer squad, she is hanging with the popular kids more than Jamie. She soon finds out that their special activity is not a nice one and after deciding to not hang with them, she finds their harassment a little bit more than she can bare.

Great concept to teach kids abut bullying. The ending poses...more
Nichole
Polacco shines a light on the current battle children are facing today, bullying. Bullying has gone far beyond words on the playground as today’s generation of children attack each other anonymously and without accountability. As I read this story each page tugged on my heart strings and evoked different emotions. This is a must read for students, teachers, and parents as it highlights the value of friendship and the effects of tormenting others.
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Patricia Polacco takes on cliq...more
Teacher.
Polacco usually creates characters with which readers make connections easily. This is certainly true with Bully which introduces Lyla, a middle schooler moving to a new school. Lyla wants to be like other girls with cell phones and facebook. Even with savvy parents who are strict about technology rules, Lyla still becomes the victim of cyber-bullying. Parents might not understand the ins and outs of cyber-bullying and this book is an excellent primer.

Fans of Patricia Polacco will appreciate her...more
Jennifer Kelly
Aug 10, 2013 Jennifer Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Elementary school kids and their teachers
Recommended to Jennifer by: My mom
Shelves: children-s-books
My favorite children’s book author, Patricia Polacco always writes from the heart. Her stories are often autobiographical, and her love for her family shines through her words. Many of her tales tell of sharing traditions with others of a different culture, race or religion.

In Bully, Lyla, the new girl at school, struggles to fit in and ends up the victim of Internet bullying when she sticks up for her best friend Jamie, who she learns has been picked on frequently by the cool girls at “the cele...more
Susan
The story of new to town sixth grader Lyla and her first friend, a computer nerd boy named Jamie, and how she gets burnt by a bullying incident.
A necessary addition to the parent/teacher collections of libraries - it is the first illustrated book I have seen on cyberbullying, a social crime that has spread like wildfire. It shows how a nice kid could initially get involved with cyberbullying - and bullies in general- and also addresses girl bullying - another topic that needs to be addressed in...more
Drew
•Brief summary
Lyla is new to the school and doesn't know anyone, but on the first day of school she meets Jamie. They become the best of friends and hang out all the time. Lyla is starting to know the other students also, she decides to try our for the cheer leading team and MAKES IT! This makes he become popular, and she slowly starts leaving Jamie behind. Once she sees how the popular girls bully their classmates and even Jamie she ditches them and goes back to Jamie. Will the popular girls ge...more
Becca
I've been anxious to see Polacco's newest book, so when it came in my most recent book order, I immediately pulled it out to read. This particular story is obviously written for an older audience than some of her others, and feels a bit more "preachy." With the inclusion of cell phones and laptops and facebook, it is a frank depiction of what some tweens and teens have to deal with. It will be housed in the oversized fiction section. I will be curious to see the response from students, faculty a...more
Laura
It's hard to have a picture book that addresses bullying, which is a complex topic. This book did a good job showing the power of popularity and how it can change people, though the cyber-bullying felt a little rushed (again, maybe that's because of the short picture-book format). What this book would be great for, and what I plan on using it for at some point this year, is the jumping-off point for a group discussion. The book ends with a question, and it would be terrific to read the book and...more
RLL52013_NicoleHill
A great Patricia Polacco book! Tells the story of Lyla, a sixth grader who moved to a new school. It talks about her experience as she tries to fit in to a new school. Lyla manages to make her way up the social ladder and eventually becomes friends with the popular girls. When Lyla became uncomfortable with some of her new friends' actions, she decides to stop hanging out with the popular girls. This makes her a target for their bullying.

This is a story that most middle school students can relat...more
Stephanie T.
I absolutely loved this book because we rarely see books about cyber bullying although it extremely prevalent today. Bully introduces social class as well, as main character Lyla and her new friend Jamie separate those in their school into groups such as popular and unpopular. When Lyla joins the cheerleading team and becomes part of the popular crowd and Jamie is left behind, and she notices her new popular friends teasing other classmates, Jamie included, on Facebook. Lyla luckily realizes tha...more
Karen Arendt
The perfect book for the 21st century child. Polacco offers a story of a new girl in town, Lyla, who befriends a new boy in town, Jaime. As they both settle into the new school, Lyla gets noticed by the most popular girls and through cheerleading begins to hang out with them. She still is friends with JAime, but does not always speak up for what's right. When Lyla does speak up, she is dropped by the popular girls and used as a scapegoat. Including cell phones, laptops, and facebook in the story...more
Dawn Sahakian
Bully is a very contemporary story about Lyla, a girl who goes to a new school and falls victim to wanting to "fit in" - the story is very similar to the movie Mean Girls and I think that is a great story about how bullying comes in all forms, especially today. It depicts cyber bullying, bullying via texts, and of course, in-person bullying. The illustrations are vivid and really help bring the story to life. The situations are realistic and allow children to identify with the characters quite e...more
Marguarite Markley
A nice addition to Patricia Polacco's wealth of stories about real life situations. I think the bully's punishment should have been more severe, but realistically speaking, it is probably more of an accurate depiction of what would have happened to the bully. I think it is important to note, however, that the popular kids are not always the ones who do the bullying. Sometimes bullies can be loners who pick on other loners simply for something to do. I would read this to introduce the topic of bu...more
Frances J.
I found this a shallow and inauthentic story about standing up to a school bully. The characters just didn't click with me at all and the plot was the same as Mean Girls, but not funny.
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