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Welcome to Bluford High. This widely acclaimed teen series set in an urban high school features engaging, accessible writing and appealing, contemporary storylines. A new life. An new school. A new bully. That's what Darrell Mercer faces when he and his mother move from Philadelphia to California. After spending months living in fear, Darrell is faced with a big decision. ...more
Unknown Binding, 190 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Townsend Press (first published 2002)
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Jackie7C
Apr 02, 2008 Jackie7C rated it it was amazing
This book is a great
it come out of a series of books that are really good too.
Sade
Dec 07, 2009 Sade added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Sade by: no one
this book is about a boy who knew it wasnt a good idea to move to california, but he didnt want to complain to his mother about it but didnt have a good feeling at all about moving away especially since he had really good friends where he lived.
When he got there he had the thought of making new friends so when his mother asked him to walk to the store he took the opportunity to make that time as meeting new people and he tried but when he took the chance he got almost beat up for something so pe
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nayeli
Dec 04, 2014 nayeli rated it really liked it
I really like this book. It was the first book I read in the Bluford Series and it was great. My favorite part was when Darrel joined the wrestling team and at first he couldn't keep up, but he kept working at it and he started to notice he was gaining confidence. I like that part just because if you keep on working at it you can succeed. Throughout the book he was gaining much more confidence he even told his friend Harold to join! I read the book awhile ago, but I know that Darrell ended up wi ...more
Janet.okello
This book is about a boy named Darrel Mercer. He moves to Philadelphia to California with his mom. When he gets there he starts getting bullied by Tyray. Tyray is making him pay money to him all the time, he joins wrestling to try to make himself stronger to stand up to Tyray, and he's uncle is always making front of him about how he's so skinny.
Mohammad Hamid
Nov 23, 2014 Mohammad Hamid rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read i like it a lot. I think everyone should read it. I enjoy reading it.
Paula
Feb 20, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like to read realistic fiction b ooks
Recommended to Paula by: no one
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Tinesha wheeler
Dec 01, 2010 Tinesha wheeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard Time in School
How dose it feel to be in a school when you bullied? The Bully by Paul Lagan is a excellent book that feels so sad about yourself that you think that they are better than you but they are not. The story is about a boy that lives with his uncle and going to new school. Running away from people that he would not get himself bullied.
Darrell Mercer is a thirteen years old boy. Darrell and his mom now live in California with his uncle. Darrell new school is Buford High. He wants
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Sammi Cremer
Jan 14, 2011 Sammi Cremer rated it really liked it
To summarize this book, it was about a bot names Darrell who lived in a bad part of Philadelphia and had to move to California. He and his mom didn't have a lot of money and her brother got her a better job in California. He hated leaving all of his friends behind and having to start school without knowing anyone. Since he was sort of a tiny kid, he was shy and got made fun of a lot. Once they were in California, he was bullied by a kid named Tyray and his group of friends. After he gets fed up ...more
4Georgia
Apr 21, 2009 4Georgia rated it it was amazing
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Paul Langan is one of ma favorite authors. He writes a lot of great books. One of my personal favorites is "The Bully". This book is about a teenage boy named Darrell Mercer who lived an okay life in Philadelphia. He was a small boy, very skinny and not very strong. He had a lot of friends and his best friend always fought for him. Every time he got into fight or anytime Darrel needed somebody, he was there. One day Darrel's mom decided to move to California. Darrel was upset because he w
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Larry
Mar 25, 2011 Larry rated it it was amazing
if you like problems in life not your life but other people this book is for you.so what happen in the book is derrall lived in philadelphia and he was having a good time to but his mom fount a new gob in californa and she took it. so derrell is startind a new school an that school is called bluford high. the sunday before darrell's first day at bluford.one sunday night, darrell had truble sleeping he cept looking at the time he wonted to have so time to rest but he wonted to go to sleep and nev ...more
William Young
Mar 14, 2014 William Young rated it really liked it
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Arkayla Miller
The 190 page book called "The Bully" is written by Paul Langan. In the story the main charater is Darrell,he is sad/mad because him and is mother is moving from Philadelphia to Califorina. He says that life would not be the same anymore beacuse, he is moving away from his firends, school and neighborhood. Darrell mother is trying to explain to him that when they get out there he will probaly like it, and that he would meet new people. Darrell is upset because his mother is telling him that it wo ...more
82banana95
In The Bully by Paul Langan, Darrell Mercer faces huge ordeals in his life; from his mom losing her job to there big move to California. Darrell deals with being the new student at Bluford High, and dealing with a new bully. The main characters in The Bully are; Tyray, the new bully, Darrell Mercer, the new kid from Detroit, and Amberlynn Bailey, the beautiful girl both Darrell and Tyray are crushing over.
This book is very consuming and realistic, like many others in the series also.
There real p
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Lathan
Nov 04, 2010 Lathan added it
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11/3/10
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Book Review on The Bully By: Paul Laugan

The Bully by: Paul Laugan was a book that I read in the 6th grade. That realistic fiction book captivated me. The book was so good that I couldn’t even blink. I recommend this book The Bully, because like I said it is so good, and remarkable. If you are wondering the book is about a boy that moves to a new school, and has to deal with a bully that harasses him constantly. He has to make a decision if he wants to k
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taz/ matthew
Oct 04, 2010 taz/ matthew rated it it was amazing
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Taze Etibo
Will you ever give your money to a bully? Will you ever fight a bully or tell on him? Will your mom be sad or mad if she finds out you have been giving a bully your lunch money?

This is what Darrell Mercer thought about in the book. Darrell lives in Philadelphia and has a friend named Mark who is always ready to help Darrell in a fight. Darrell is short and skinny and not very strong. But Darrell's mom was looking for a job in Philadelphia,then one day his uncle named Jason, told Darrell mom tha
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Nate Esteves
May 02, 2011 Nate Esteves rated it really liked it
Have you ever been bullied? Felt like there was nothing you could do? That's how 15 year old Darrell Mercer felt when he moved to California. Darrell moved to California during the school year. He was trying to be friendly, but in trying to make friends, he met Tyray Hobbs.

This book is very interesting and exciting. That is why I recommend it to most people. It has a good amount of action, but not too much. People looking for a book with a lot of shooting and fighting will be disappointed. Anyo
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Copeland Barbee
Jul 14, 2010 Copeland Barbee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jampa Tashi
Oct 15, 2013 Jampa Tashi rated it it was amazing
This boyname darrell is moving to california but he didn't want to because he was short and get bullied.when he around this neighboorhood he doen't because he have friends to back up with so he didn't had to worry. but when he was at the schol these bullies name tyray and his groups started to bully him. asking him for money and lot of things. until one day he started to workout. then one day when tyray spilled darrell lunch on his face. they fought and darrell won the fight. from that day no on ...more
Yara Luz
Dec 14, 2014 Yara Luz rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoyed this book that much, because it has a lot of violence but I believe that this is a good book because it teaches young people about the type of friends that they have and to be careful in streets because of gngs and all crazy and bad people. Also it teaches parents to be careful with their kids and pay attention to the people that their kids are being frinds with, and it actually talks about the best places to leave with your familyand to be always ALERT OF EVERYTHING & EVRYO ...more
Issac
Oct 13, 2015 Issac rated it it was amazing
Personal Response-
I just finished reading the book “Bully” by Paul Langan. The book was really good, but I wish it would have carried out more to the story in the end. The author always does good writing these stories to make it feel like you are the main character. I will for sure continue to read books by this author.

Plot-
The story first took place in Philadelphia. Darrell lived with his single mother. They had to move out to California because his mom made more money at her new job with Darr
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Alison Shiloh
Mar 12, 2008 Alison Shiloh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to understand the lives of urban youth
Recommended to Alison Shiloh by: Sierra
My Little Sister have been reading these books together, and I found this book especially inspiring. It's about a boy who moves from Philadelphia to California just before starting high school. (cue the music - West Philadelphia, born and raised) The scrawny boy gets bullied, but finds new confidence through reading and building friendships. It's a very realistic story with a cliff-hanger ending.
Milleny
Jan 09, 2015 Milleny rated it it was amazing
"The Bully" is mainly about a young teenage boy was moves from Philadelphia to California . Darrell Mercer (young teenager) didn't want to move from Philly to Cali due to the fact he had many friends & actually close friends in Philadelphia, but in Cali he only had his cousins.He knew it wasn't going to be easy .
This book is a really good book at the fact that it shows how much strength a person has , and how much motivation a person must have . Darrell was bullied at his new high school ,
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Drew Vandervest
Mar 30, 2016 Drew Vandervest rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I enjoyed this book because it was an underdog book. My favorite part of the book was when Darrel stood up to his bully. The book was too predictable though, because throughout the book Tyray was bullying Darrel and you can just tell Darrel was going to fight with him. I knew one of these times he was going to fight him because he was getting stronger and he was getting sick of Tyray bullying him 24/7. The book had a really good storyline to it. It started off with a kid that
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Nicole Tole
Apr 13, 2016 Nicole Tole rated it liked it
The book I currently finished is called "The Bully' by Paul Langan. This book mainly focuses on one character, you don't know much on how the other the other characters are feelings or thinking. It is very detailed on how the main character is feeling. You feel like you're in his shoes. There is a series of this book (Bluford High). The whole series is connected to each book in one way or another and they're very interesting because students our age can really understand what's going on because ...more
Kha-Vinh Tran
Sep 16, 2015 Kha-Vinh Tran rated it it was amazing
(spoiler inside this review)I thought this book was the best book I ever read because it didn't make me bored and it made me want to read more. I thought the authors writing was very detailed and I liked that I could vividly picture a lot of the scenes in my head like a movie. Something I liked about this book was that it made me happy when Darrell finally stood up for him and everyone in the school.I wish this book was longer because I really enjoyed this book.This book reminded me of a docume ...more
Kadesha
The Bully by Paul Langan is drama and very interesting book.Overall statement about the book is that Darrell is trying to get used being where he is now by joining the wrestling team.

The main characters in this book is Darrell Mercer,Tyray and Amberlynn.The setting takes place in philadelphia at first then it takes place in California, a week after where Darrell is a freshman.He moves to california which he is not happy about. He meets a bully named Tyray and hos crush Amberlynn. he joins the wr
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Jeremiah Hoskins
May 22, 2015 Jeremiah Hoskins rated it it was amazing
This book was really good like the other books. It was a good ending.
Brian Hoffmeister
Dec 28, 2014 Brian Hoffmeister rated it really liked it
YA High Interest Quick Read – my struggling high school readers will eat this up. They’re always telling me they want something that jumps into the plot, which Langan accomplishes very nicely. The “High-Low” style book is somewhat after-school-specially, involving as you could have guessed – a bully, but it never feels preachy. A kid moves to a new town, runs into the neighborhood bully that extorts money and tortures him mentally, before he begins to fight back. The huge bright spot in the writ ...more
Thomas
Oct 30, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it
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Born in Philadelphia, Paul Langan spent his early childhood in the city before moving with his single mother to southern New Jersey. There he attended public school and worked a variety of jobs—including salesperson at a shoe store, attendant at a horse ranch, landscaper at a mental hospital, and a night-shift stockperson in a warehouse store near Atlantic City. “Each job,” he says today, “could b ...more
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