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Surviving Brick Johnson

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Alex is running for his life. After making fun of the notorious bully Brick Johnson, he s now convinced that Brick is out to get him. There is only one way to survive Brick Johnsontake karate lessons and become a powerful sensei. But after Brick shows up in karate class and treats Alex with respect, Alex s picture of him begins to change. How can Brick be a bully and a nic ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published September 18th 2000 by Clarion Books
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Catherine Peel
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story about respecting others
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This comedy of errors is nicely enhanced by Yaccarino's illustrations. Alex's imagination is what makes this so cute. The scenes in the cafeteria and dojo are great. Alex's hobby of collecting baseball cards probably alienates more readers than connects them, particularly since sports figures like Barry Bonds, quickly become yesterday's news. Instead of asking who's that player, kids will probably just tune out a little bit.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this is a perfect read aloud for third or fourth graders. Messages of...
-baseball love!
-people aren't always who they first seem to be
-and more. :)

I love that Laurie Myers is the daughter of Betsy Byars, who I've been reading LOTS of lately.

And Dan Yaccarino is one of my faves, so clearly I adore the illustrations, too.

4.5 stars!
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-lit, audio
I listened to it, but it would be a short, quick read for most kids. Boy believes he offends the new (really big) kid with his impersonation of him. The boy then spends most of the book trying to avoid Brick and not be maimed. Good lesson for kids.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
A slender school / bullying story that makes a decent read aloud for 4th/5th if you don't have a lot of time to finish a book. Alex gets caught imitating fellow 5th grader Brick Johnson, who is huge and quiet, and Alex assumes he will be beaten up. Can he learn self defense in time??
Anija B
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this book was a very good book to read because,Alex and brick were beefing. And then the found out they where in the same Karate class and they got to get to know each other. But at the end of the story they became good friends and they were at Alex house shorting each other Baseball cards
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: middle grade struggling readers
Shelves: middle-grade
Did this one with my 4th grade book group of struggling readers. It's perfect for that M.O. because the characters are older (5th grade) but the writing is relatively simple. Easy to decode but lots of inference.

Is he a bully or isn't he?
We've been trudging through this one for weeks...
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Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
Very short, but very well written and, as the description tells, makes one think about pre-judging other people. Good for 4th and 5th graders.
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
.............but I don't remember anything standing out about it.
Maggi Rohde
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Spare and quirky. Laurie Myers is Betsy Byars' daughter, and she co-wrote SOS Files, which I really loved too. This would be an excellent read-aloud for a 3rd grade class.
Marissa M
it was good
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school, 2015
I loved reading this book with my students! It brought up so many wonderful discussions about perceptions and respect.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Ok. A little hokey.
Stacy Ford
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
A good character education story....
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Laurie Myers is the award-winning author of chapter books for children, including Surviving Brick Johnson, an ALA notable book, and Lewis and Clark and Me, winner of the PA Children's book award and Honor book for Michigan. Her books have been on the International Reading Associations Children's Choice, Parents' Choice, and Teachers' Choice lists, as well as Junior Library Guild selection and many ...more
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