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Max Quigley, Technically Not a Bully by James Roy
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Jan 27, 2010

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bookshelves: bullying-and-violence, books-for-boys, friendship, funny, juvenile-fiction, illustrations, contemporary
Read in January, 2010

Recomended for kids who liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, though this title is a step up in terms of writing complexity. The story is full of the crazy boy schenanagins that made DWK funny, and both books feature kids who don't think much of their meanness. This one also contains illustrations (presumably sketches ripped from Max's notepad) to compliment the story. Not as good or clever as DWK's illustrations, but they made me smile. Particularly entertaining were the chapters set in the lunch room, which usually start off something like, "On Thursday I had a meat pie, and it was great" before launching into the anecdote for the chapter (which may or may not involve meat pie).

The ending was a little abrupt, but overall the story was enjoyable enough, though nothing earth-shattering. Set in Australia, with some language to compliment.

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