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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 i
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 really liked it
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 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 ac
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
May 20, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
I'm a new and now forever fan of Patricia Polacco. Her book, Bully truly touched my heart. Immediately after I sat the book down, my 15 year old daughter picked it up, and read it immediately. Once she finished reading it, we conversed on the subject of bullying and how the school she attends practices and enforces anti-bullying. This book is a must read for teachers, students, and parents alike because it focuses on some of the effects that bullying can have on people.

Lyla Dean and her family
Sue Seligman
Oct 15, 2013 Sue Seligman rated it it was amazing
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
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
Valerie Barnhart
Feb 13, 2015 Valerie Barnhart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-2-books
As sixth graders, how does it feel to be a new student at a school? Did you know some people from elementary school? The friends you had in elementary, are they still your friends in middle school? Why or why not?

How would you feel if you didn't know anyone at middle school? Perhaps you moved from the other side of town or another city, how would you feel as a new student at our middle school? As we gain new friends, do we change? Do we keep the old friends from before?

What character traits are
Oct 10, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
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
It's amazing that this book covered such an important topic yet I don't think it was executed well at all. It was like it was mean girls written as a picture book for kids expect it's not as good as the film. I didn't connect to the characters at all and I think that cyber bullying is never solved so easily. I also didn't like the fact that the ending revolved around going to another school or not. Is the message to children supposed to be "if you get bullied at one school you can always go to a ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
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.
Mar 06, 2014 Meep rated it it was ok
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.
Julie Sigmund
Mar 07, 2013 Julie Sigmund rated it it was amazing
perfect read to begin a conversation about bullying, especially cyber bullying.
Lynnluis Colon
Dec 10, 2016 Lynnluis Colon rated it it was amazing
What a powerful story and relevant book about social media bullying. Loved it!
Kenzie Thompson
Sep 13, 2016 Kenzie Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-350
In the story Bully, Lyla is starting a new school and makes a new friend named Jamie who is also new. They hang out a lot and observe the other cliques in the school. Lyla does really well in school and even makes the cheerleading squad. Lyla also convinces her parents to let her have a computer and social media. At school the popular girls ask Lyla to sit with them at lunch. Lyla starts hanging out with them and starts ditching her friend Jamie. She starts keeping him a secret from her new popu ...more
Melissa Rosas
Nov 14, 2015 Melissa Rosas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
"Bully" is a book about just that, bullying. It tells the story of Lyla Dean and how she is a new kid at a school in California. She becomes friends with another student, Jaime, who was a tech genius. They quickly became good friends. Jaime informed Lyla that she would be the only person at school who didn't have a cell phone and laptop and that she needed to convince her parents to get her those things so that she could fit in and even get her own Facebook page. Lyla excelled at school and caug ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jennifer Kelly
Aug 10, 2013 Jennifer Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Tammi Peterman
Opening: Today we are going to continue our discussion of bullying. In the last few books we have read the bullying has been very verbal and face to face but bullying can happen in many different ways. Today we are going to see a whole new form of bullying.

Before we begin reading I am going to read a definition to you from the Merriam Webster dictionary: “the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously”. Does anyone know what word I am refer
Brandi M.
Jun 18, 2014 Brandi M. rated it liked it
1. Opening: How many of you use some form of social media? I also use social media to keep in touch with my family and friends. It is important when we are responsible users of social media when online.

Today we are going to read another book called Bully. This book is very different than the book we have already read. The topic of this text is cyber-bullying. Does anyone know what cyber-bullying means?

As we read today, I want you to think about any connections you might have to this story. Remem
Ashlee Christians
1. I want you to think about a time where someone may have hurt your feelings. I want you to think about a time, it could have been you or a friend of yours, that you witnessed them being bullied or someone teasing someone else. Think about the feelings that person must have felt when being treated so unfairly. Does anyone have a time they would like to share with the class? (student responses) Today, I am going to read a story that is about a girl who goes through being bullied. I want you to p ...more
Lyla is starting a new school. Like any kid she is nervous and very grateful when she meets Jaime, a fellow new student and they become fast friends. She discovers that her new school has the same social divisions her old one did: the jocks, nerds, tough kids and arty ones. There, of course, was also the clique table. The girls who sat there called it the celebrity table. These 3 girls were the schools queen bees and they made sure everyone knew it.

These girls didn't have much use for Lyla until
Feb 22, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Personal response: I enjoyed this book and especially enjoyed the good moral challenges that it presents. It was actually quite relatable to me because being a preteen wasn't that long ago for me and I can remember when I would plead with my parents to get a Facebook and a cellphone. The story is easy to follow and the illustrations support the text very well.

Purposes: Read aloud to 4-6th graders or have them read it on their own time and have them come back and discuss and answer questions with
Kari Martycz
Mar 04, 2015 Kari Martycz rated it really liked it
Patricia Polacco's Bully is about a young girl moving to a new school, and dealing with social media, and new friends. The Lyla meets a new friend, Jamie, at her 6th grade school. Lyla isn't familiar with technology and social media, so when she gets onto the Cheerleading team and become friends with the "popular" girls, Jamie and her friendship begins to change. The new set of friends are very mean to people on social media, and try to drag Lyla into the mix. When the state testing is compromis ...more
Sarah Rourke
Feb 22, 2015 Sarah Rourke rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction: I like this book a lot because it is a very well written book that kept me interested throughout. This book teaches about bullies and how easy it is to get pulled into becoming a bully. I think this is very important topic for students in the sixth grade, because they are just entering middle school and have probably been bullied themselves and trying to figure out where they belong. Not only does this book teach some life lessons, but keeps kids engaged throughout the story!

Sep 27, 2012 Teacher. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
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
Oct 05, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
Carol Royce Owen
Dec 26, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2012 Patricia Tilton rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
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
1. Third grade friends, today we are going to be reading the book Bully, by Patricia Polacco. . Do any of you have predictions about what this book might be about? In this story, a girl named Lyla is accepted into a "popular" group in school. Lyla soon learns that her new friends were bullies. What is a bully? Not only were these friends bullies, but they used Facebook and texting to be cruel to other kids. This is called cyber bullying. It is bullying that doesn't take place face to face, but o ...more
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