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Max Quigley, Technically Not a Bully by James Roy
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Jan 17, 10

bookshelves: middle-school, psc, realistic-fiction, tweens
Recommended for: 4th-7th Grade
Read in December, 2009

I was prepared to dismiss Max Quigley as a Diary of a Wimpy Kid knock-off. The two books are similarly packaged and structured, and the story’s hero and narrator, Max, is also a woefully misunderstood middle school boy. But, happily, Max stands on its own. Max is both mischievous and a bully, and he devotes much of his life, when not causing trouble, to denying his actions, justifying them, or blaming them on others. When Max is forced to spend time with one of his victims, he slowly and convincingly begins to see things from the other boy’s point of view. While the ending stretches plausibility, Max ends up a likeable, dimensional character whose story will appeal to and amuse many readers, especially boys.

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