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3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
After eighth grader Bart Rangely is granted a mercy scholarship to an elite private school after his father is killed in the North Tower on 9/11, doors should have opened. Instead, he is terrorized and bullied by his own mentor. So begins the worst year of his life.
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by HarperTeen (first published 2007)
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Vinnie Marquez
I think this book was very truthful. Many kids get bullied. I liked how this kid saved his mom from 9/11.For him to get bullied was very bad. This book has lots of suspense and it is really truthful.
Brian Herrera
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Nov 08, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: middle schoolers, if that. no one.
Shelves: could-not-finish
So.. boring. All I can think is blah blah blah la di da... Maybe I misunderstood the age range of this book, because if you're not of a middle school age I can't really see anyone enjoying the level of writing in "Bullyville." And even then, I wouldn't want middle schoolers to get such a vague, watered down, and disappointing outlook on several of these subjects. Everything is so plainly described, and not in the beautiful, poignant, less is more way, but in the "this happened, then this happene ...more
Eva Leger
Sep 22, 2011 Eva Leger rated it it was ok
This was a very tedious read for me. It's not often that I feel so happy when I turn that last page in a book. I'm still asking myself why I felt the need to finish. I passed the 'have to finish reading every book I start' bump a few years ago and haven't had a problem putting down a book in a long time now. I still give each book all I have but I can definitely put one down if need be.
With this one I just kept pushing myself and pushing myself. I strongly considered stopping on this one even th
Jan 28, 2012 Kaitie rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, school, family
I picked up this book just based on the cover and I ended up being very disappointed in it. I know that may not be completely fair, but it is what it is. Based on the cover, I expected it to be just based on a boarding school and didn't realize it had the background story of September 11th.

I feel that the whole September 11th plot was unnecessary and didn't add anything. The main idea seems to be that Bart goes to this school and deals with bullying. I don't know why 9/11 had to be the vehicle t
Jul 02, 2009 Esther rated it it was ok
I found this book quite disappointing.
Bart has just lost his father in the 9/11 attacks. His story, like so many others, makes headlines, which leads him to a scholarship to a prestigious private school. There, Bart is the victim of some horrific bullying.
First of all, Bart's voice was just not true to a 13-year-old boy. Second, there was too much happening in this story that didn't have to be there. I didn't find the bullying to be realistic, nor did I find Bart's reactions realistic. Perhaps
Shana Karnes
Sep 08, 2013 Shana Karnes rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because of its connection to 9/11, and I was looking for a more accessible text to pair with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Compared to that novel's beauty and poignancy, this one was just a letdown...The main character had none of the panache and flair of a well-written adolescent, and I consequently felt no empathy for him when he was bullied. The ending/denouement felt a bit rushed, and I couldn't work up a single tear for what was supposed to be a very sad f ...more
May 16, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
Didn't anyone edit this book before they printed thousands of copies? Words mixed up, words missing, no punctuation! After the first 6 or so they became a huge distraction, I kept looking for another and another. This book was given to me as something to use in an Aggressors,, Victims, and Bystanders program (anti-bullying) and I don't see the point of the book. I get the emotional dealing with parents separating, and losing someone in 9/11, but I don't get the bullying part. Nothing is resolved ...more
Mrs. Lapacka
May 08, 2011 Mrs. Lapacka rated it liked it
I thought that the premise of this book was interesting, and the topic of bullying is certainly an important one. That said, this book never really caught on for me. I read it to make sure it was appropriate for my students, but I might have tossed it aside a time or two without that specific goal. It's a decent read for a middle-school student, especially one who has been bullied, but it lacked something in the end. I'm not sure what the theme was supposed to be.
Nov 25, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Interesting YA book about what it is like to attend a boarding school, during the day, where bullying is rampant. Tied into the story is a reflection on 9.11 because the protagonist's father died in the Twin Towers. The boy is grappling with the loss of his dad, trying to get along with his mom, and coming of age. There is a very good twist in the book that I did not see coming. This is a book about sorting it all out and being a good person.
Amanda Kelley
Jan 25, 2012 Amanda Kelley rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
This book doesn't even deserve ONE star. The main character was a complete asshole between making jokes about his father burning to death in 9/11 and him bitching like getting stuffed in a locker is even comparable to what people in 9/11 went through. Prose is from NY so I don't wtf she was thinking.
Nov 22, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
At first I thought it was some cheesy, Bully saying, "Haha, your a loser" and making a kid cry. It actually portrayed Bullying in a realistic way. I would recommend it.
Jeff Maasch
Apr 23, 2012 Jeff Maasch rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I liked Bullyville for many reasons. It is a good book for young adults because of some of the themes it addresses, and is interesting. Many people could relate to the depression of losing a family member, or getting bullied. It talks about some of the problems that people go through today. It can also help give some perspective on what people were going through around 9/11/01 when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center.

Bullyville is a story mostly surrounding the theme of bullying. It i
Good book with lots of big issues going on. Brad had a fever on 9/11 that caused his mom to stay home from work in the same office where his dad works, which happens to have been in the World Trade Center. Prior to losing his dad in 9/11, Brad had already lost his dad in a completely different way to another woman who worked in his office. Brad's dad had just left him and his mom to live with this woman, and Brad had not talked to his father since he left. Brad is torn inside with feelings of gr ...more
Alexandria Hiam
Good book with lots of big issues going on. Brad had a fever on 9/11 that caused his mom to stay home from work in the same office where his dad works, which happens to have been in the World Trade Center. Prior to losing his dad in 9/11, Brad had already lost his dad in a completely different way to another woman who worked in his office. Brad's dad had just left him and his mom to live with this woman, and Brad had not talked to his father since he left. Brad is torn inside with feelings of gr ...more
Lisa Benenati
Sep 17, 2012 Lisa Benenati rated it it was ok
When thirteen year old Bart stays home from school sick, he has no idea how drastically the decision will change his life. His mother, recently separated from his father, stayed home from work to take care of him, only to find out that the Twin Towers were attacked later that morning. Both parents worked in the same office in the World Trade Center, and although his father was killed in the attacks, his mother lived by chance due to his illness. Suddenly newspapers began reporting Bart as a "Mir ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Annelisa rated it did not like it was a book, and that's about all I can say. I pushed myself to finish because I don't like to give up on a book, but it was very difficult for me to do so. The main issues with this book are twofold. First, it was very difficult for me as a reader to get into the minds of the characters. For all of the life-changing events that Bert experienced, he rarely shows any emotions, either in public or when he's by himself. True, one could chalk this up to the tragedy, but I'm not buying it. E ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Hollowspine rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya

Fart, I mean Bart, Rangely has moved from tragedy to tragedy. He hasn't spoken to or answered a text from his Dad for a while. Not since his Dad moved out of his and his mom's lives to move in with "the younger woman." Then he loses the chance when his father is killed when two planes struck the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Bart was home sick that day, and his mother, who also worked in the North Tower, was taking care of him. If he didn't have that fever he would have lost both his parents. So when t
Aug 21, 2012 Jeni rated it liked it
This book was ok, not great. In its defense I had no idea what I was picking up when I saw it. The bold title BULLYVILLE stood out on the cover and I grabbed it impulsively and threw it in the stack of the books I’d check out of the library that day. This happens to me on occasion, although I have nearly 700 books on my ‘to read’ list already; I’m still prone to impulse grabs. I’m rarely disappointed by these last minute additional selections. In fact, I’ve discovered some of my favorite authors ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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When Bart Rangely's absentee father is caught in the North Tower and killed on September 11th, he thinks that life can't get much worse.

Unfortunately, he thinks too soon.

Because of the public nature of his tragedy, Bart is offered a scholarship to the exclusive Baileywell Academy, an institution better known to its students as "Bullywell" for the rampant bullying that takes place behind its expensive doors.

Upon his arrival, Bart is assigned his ow
I wanted something very different from Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal; Bullyville is that. I finished it too; in about three hours. The premise didn’t work for me, it was just too much.

Bart’s dad died on 9/11. But Bart’s dad had been living with his girlfriend for the last six months and he and his mom were too sad to tell anyone. So they have that to feel guilty about as well. Mom worked in the Twin Towers, but had taken the day off, because Bart had the flu.

So Bart
Oct 24, 2014 Julian rated it really liked it

by Francine Prose

Want a good book? Here’s one.
Bart, a 13 year old kid, had two parents who both worked at the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001 before the attacks began, Bart felt sick which made his mom stay home. His dad died when the North Tower collapsed. Since Bart was sick, he saved his mom, people then called him “Miracle Boy”. Shortly after, Bart gets a scholarship by an ononimous donor. He then goes to Baileywell Preparatory Academy a.k.a Bullyville. He then meets his “big broth
Apr 07, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
I really liked the author's other book, After, and was honestly excited picking this one up.

All I can say right now is that it was a bit of a disappointment. The same thrill and suspense from the other book has been completely wiped away. We're supposed to feel sorry for this poor boy who lost his father in the accident, except we weren't even really introduced to the father. I can't say for other people, but it's hard for me to grieve for strangers. I feel sorry for them, but it just didn't hi
Oct 07, 2013 Aria rated it it was ok
Shelves: fast-paced
This book wasn't as horrible to me as it was to other reviewers.

It was a promising read, but the events went by fast and the plot never went into any depth. Something would happen but the events would never go on. For example, the book would just start to rise in action, but then it would quickly fall so fast it was like it never happened. There wasn't much put into the book; no depth in the characters or the events or anything that happened, really. For example, (view spoiler)
Jacari Lenoir
Dec 03, 2013 Jacari Lenoir rated it it was ok
A 13 year old boy named Bart comes down with a high temperature. Mom takes off of work but a tragedy happens. His fathers dies in the event of 9/11. His father left him and his mother for another female and then he's killed. The media hears about it and gives him a full scholarship to Bailywell Academy for all boys but also known as Bullyville. The name stands for itself and it happens to him.
What I liked about the story was the characters. The characters were interesting, everybody! How they a
Nov 05, 2015 Ginger rated it did not like it
The reason I gave this book such a low rating was because it was very slow moving and uneventful. I wasn't able to finish this book specifically for those reasons and only got about 50 pages in. From what I read I was able to find out that a teenage boy who lives with his has just figured out that his dad has died while inside the twin towers. Since his parents are sort of divorced, he hasn't seen his father for a while now and doesn't really know how to feel about this whole situation. The boy ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Chiara rated it it was ok
Boring. That's what was wrong with this. It read like a report that the 13 year old character was asked to do about his year. Here, in chronological order, are the events of my year. There was no emotion, not much description of how the bullying - which I kind of assumed to be the main purpose of the book - affected this kid. It was just "I knew something was coming, and then something did. And that was how I lived at school for three months - on edge and waiting for the bullying acts that came ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Our protagonist is a thirteen year old boy who is ill the morning of 9/11 and instead of going to work in one of the Towers his mother stays home to take care of him. Media proclaims him 'Miracle Boy' for 'saving her life', but his dad did go to work in one of the Towers and died. But his dad had left them six months before that. But they had been keeping it quiet and hadn't told anyone.

Our protagonist is a sympathetic character who goes to a new, private school when offered the chance, essenti
Ryan Miller
Oct 03, 2013 Ryan Miller rated it it was amazing
Bart gets a fever and has to stay home from school, so his mother takes a day off work to stay with him. But the day is September 11, 2001, and her office is in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. His father, estranged from his mother for the past six months, is killed. When the press gets wind of it, they make him Miracle Boy, whose illness saved his mother's life. Bart is offered a full scholarship at Baileywell Academy, which is also known as Bullyville. Bart agrees to go to make his m ...more
Dora Esparza
Oct 26, 2014 Dora Esparza rated it really liked it
It was 9/11. A boy named Bart, was sick with a high fever. He stayed home, but his mother didn't want him being alone. Bart's mom didn't go to work either, but Bart's father and his new girlfriend went to work. Bart saves his mother, and becomes popular for it. Being didn't help him feel better about losing his dad. Many people kept giving him free items to help him feel better, but it didn't really help. Bart has been given a scholarship to a private school called BaileyWell, or Bullywell. Bull ...more
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Francine Prose (born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American novelist. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. She has sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman's Own Award, and her novel Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is now teaching at Bard College.

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