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The Bully (Bluford High #5)

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A new life. A 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. He can either keep on running from this bully or find some way to fight back.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Townsend Press (first published 2002)
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Jackie7C
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
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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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Mohammad Hamid
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like to read realistic fiction b ooks
Recommended to Paula by: no one
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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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Tinesha wheeler
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
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
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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 wa
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Larry
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
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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
Lathan
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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
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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
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
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Jampa Tashi
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
John Clark

I have recently finished reading The Bully by Paul Langan , who was born in philadelphia in 1972 , he then worked a variety of jobs including a salesperson , attendant at a horse ranch, etc… he then later went on to get a masters degree in education from the university of pennsylvania.

The main character in The Bully is Darrel Mercer who is a freshman going into highschool in a new school , new neighborhood, new state, who runs into some problems with the local school bully named tyray hobbs who
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Munkhtulga
I enjoyed this book because it's attention getting, daily life struggles of teenagers , and you feel like you can connect with this book because the author wrote it like that.
I rate is 5 stars out 5 starts . I have read this book twice because it's that interesting and a good of a book. This is a Buford series so there is more books like this. I love all Buford series book especially this book. The summary of this book is Then a teenager moves from Philadelphia to bluffed high school in Califor
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Grace Seok
May 12, 2014 Grace Seok added it
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Critical Reading Response

Why do you think people should or should not read this book?
- People should read the book “The Bully” because behind the story there is a meaning. It’s a life lesson and it’ll probably bring people confidence.

What questions would you like to ask the author of this book?
- Did Tyray and his friends continue to bother Darrell or did they look up to him?

What surprised you about this book?
- That Darrell was able to take down his bully with h
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Alison Shiloh
Mar 12, 2008 Alison Shiloh rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Jodi Papazian
I read this book as part of required reading for my 512 class. It's definitely not the type of book that I would normally read but I was glad that I picked it up as I definitely discovered a good book to recommend for boys which is always a challenge.
The Bully tells the story of Darrell, a small-for-his-age freshman who moves across the country just after starting high school. Before Darrell even starts school, he has a run in with a fellow classmate and notorious bully, Tyray. From their firs
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Brianne Durrant
Moving to a new school, especially starting out in High school is never easy. However, being bullied before going to school definitely doesn't make the adjustment any easier. Darrel related to this a lot. Before his move to California, he never had to worry about people picking on him. He always had friends to back him up. However, when his mom had to move to a different state because of her job, his life turned upside down.

Darrel's first day of school turned out terrible. No one talked to him,
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Tyler
It was interesting, and unbelivable, because i would'nt belived that a bully would go so far to kill someone. I thought that a bully would tease people or pick on little children, but this bully to his bullying serious by carry a weapon(knife).
Destiny
The Bully is actually one of the best books I have ever read. It actually relates to real life, and I can picture everything that's happening in this book. Its about this boy named Darrell moving to California, and has a new school hes going to, and meets this really mean boy named Tyray. Tyray is bullying him everyday, and forcing Darrell to give him his lunch money every friday, and if he does not he will make his life worse, and hurt him. Darrell hates that hes very small, and weak.. but he j ...more
*~jennyfer7d~*
I think that the book named the bully wasn't that interesting when i read it because it was boring and i didn't like it.
Jacari Lenoir
Darrel moved to Cali from Philly where he had friends that had his back whenever,forever. Now, Darrel's in a new city with no friends and a new school. But he meets this girl who really likes him and he likes her but he has a bully to deal with on his own this time.

What I liked about this story is that Darrel's life can relate to plenty of kids nowadays. I also like the fact it were a lot of rising actions in the story. The first one was of course was him leaving Philly.

What I disliked was the s
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Reis Fonkem
this book was really sad but iam happy that he did some thing about it
Jose Cruz
AN AMAZING BOOK I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT WELL YOU DID ACORDDING TO YOUR RATING
Jaime
it was ok yet good.
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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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