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The Bully Book

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,756 ratings  ·  379 reviews
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Eric Gale The story of the awful vocabulary exercises is based on a real experience I had in fifth grade. Our regular teacher was out for several weeks and the…moreThe story of the awful vocabulary exercises is based on a real experience I had in fifth grade. Our regular teacher was out for several weeks and the subs we had didn't have a clue. It unfolded pretty much the way it does in the novel. (less)

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Steph Sinclair
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I think I can count on exactly one hand, minus one or two fingers, how many Middle Grade novels I actually enjoy. Now I have one more to add to that number. I admit to being very skeptical of MG for myself because they just don't usually work for me. I can appreciate them from a literary standpoint and may even recommend a few titles to younger readers, but do they entertain this picky reader? Nu-uh. But I decided to give it a chance because I liked the premise. Guys, I a
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I'm just going to say this is is an absolutely amazing book. I think it's supposed to be a children's book (I'm really not sure) but let me tell you, this is a book for everyone. People who have been bullied, have been bullies, have never been bullied - whatever. From the moment I started reading this book, I was drawn in. I read this in one sitting. At many points in the book, I felt like I was about to cry, and at one point, I did.

I think I'm one of the luckier ones, since I've never rea
Rebecca McNutt
This was a well-written and creative book, and it's one of few that manages to portray what bullying in school is really like for kids.
This book pretty much blew me away. It's disturbing to read, since half of the book (in alternating "chapters) is a book about being the star of sixth grade by mercilessly tormenting one classmate to gain status among the rest of the class. The other half is a journal of what it's like to be that scapegoat, which they call "The Grunt". Except this year's Grunt, Eric Haskins, isn't giving up to the bullies--he's trying to find more about them to stop them. He discovers that a "Bully Book" exists, ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I'm tough when it comes to rating YA books. Basically I want them to truly be written for the enjoyment of adults and just hidden on the shelves of the children's section at the library so they are always available when I want to check them out. This one really is for the younger set. I enjoyed Gale's style of bouncing back and forth from journal entries to segments from The Bully Book and the "mystery" aspect of who originally wrote The Book and how they picked The Grunt kept my interest. It al ...more
I had really mixed feelings when I first started this book. Even though it was clear that it wasn't the author's purpose you could see certain kids using ideas from this book to bully others. At times I was angry at the author for even putting the ideas on paper. The thing is it was so well written that it drew me in as a story, I'm glad I kept going. Eric, "The Grunt" wants to change the situation so it really does provide some lessons about fighting back against the bullying.

It would be intere
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It needs a good comb-through to pick out all the little spelling and grammatical errors, but my personal anal-retentiveness aside, this was an enjoyable read. And that's not just my love of Team Starkid speaking.

In other news, this is the book that, out of necessity, made me give eBooks a try. Sadly, I'm too much of a purist to do it again for any reason other than that necessity. Staring at a screen and occasionally pressing an arrow key can't substitute for the weight and smell and feel of a r
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids in elementary school
Recommended to Victoria by: Team StarKid

I am, shamelessly, a member of the StarKid fandom. If you don’t know who they are, they’re a musical theatre company responsible for the viral Harry Potter parody musical, A Very Potter Musical, amongst other brilliant productions. I can sing essentially every StarKid song by heart, I’ve seen all the musicals multiple times, I’ve seen Little White Lie (their webseries), I’ve scoured the internet for videos, I attended the Space tour concert that they put on… you get the gist.

(… an hour late
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me tell you about something called The Social Order. You can't see it, smell it, or touch it, but it's everywhere and it controls everything. It says who's cool, who's lame, and who's not worth talking to.
What is it saying about you? Look around your class. Where do you fit in?

This was a great book about bullying. It is a story of a bully "guide" book and a journal style by another boy named Eric.

although the day to day awful struggles are powerful, by far the last chapter is the strongest
This is a nice book. I don't normally like middle grade fictions, but I did have a good time reading this one. However, the ending was not very satisfying.

One thing I find strange is that the substitute teacher turned a blind eye to all the torment Eric had to endure when those kids read aloud hurtful sentences about him in class.

The plot was well-developed and the characters were also well-written. I loved that Eric was strong enough to stand up for himself.
Jessica O'connell
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, got-it
It's by people from Starkid Productions, so naturally I'm loving it so far :-D.
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to “make trouble
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Seen at Scott Reads It

I usually don't read books like The Bully Book. Before I received an ARC of The Bully Book, I had never even heard of this book or the author. I gave this book the benefit of the doubt and I'm glad I gave The Bully Book a chance.

For the most part I really enjoyed reading this book but the ending was a bit of a letdown. I was looking forward to a powerful and emotional ending that would come across with a thought provoking lesson or moral. The ending did tie up everything
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great story about both the bully and victim. This book totally took my back in time to the days of school. *cringes*

The plot is really good. It's about a young man, who all of the sudden is getting picked on for no reason. He asks why and begins a search as how it all started. First off, I think that's what most people ask. Why? Why me? What have I've done to deserve this? Back in high school, I was a nice girl. It wasn't until both my heart and my feelings got hurt soo much that
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
In past years Eric Haskins' had been just one of the guys... not the brightest, not the most athletic, but not the worst, not the clumsiest. At the beginning of 6th grade he finds himself no longer being treated like the average kid he sees himself as being but instead is the target for Jason, the new class bully, and his sidekicks. To make it even worse, Eric's former best friend Donovan is now one of Jason's buddies and joins the taunting. Before long almost the entire class takes part in the ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
6th grader Eric, a who has always thought of himself as a pretty average kid, is suddenly singled out as "The Grunt"--the one kid in class who is the target of bullying and verbal abuse. He has no idea why he has been chosen, but it's clear he has, as even a boy who was his best friend growing up has turned against him. Vocabulary lessons evolve into an opportunity to torment him, the bathroom is now a danger zone, and he is helpless to stop the bullying.

When Eric hears an older boy who was als
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I honestly don't know why I like reading stories about bullies. No, I am not a bully, I mean the worse kind of bully. I am a playful bully, the person/s I am bullying knew I was just joking so they don't let it hurt them. I even let them bully me back. LOL. That's how we show our love. :p

But the stories in a book like this one is something that is real, happening to a kid or kids in all over the world. There would be a bully in different country, cities, schools. There're lots of bullies an
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my friends wrote a tantalizing review of The Bully Book and I downloaded it onto an e-reader and devoured it that evening.

I recommend it for reluctant readers because it's short.

I recommend it for all readers because it is powerful.

The story is about Eric Haskins, a nice fellow who becomes the target of bullies at the beginning of 6th grade.
Now Eric, is perfectly nice and there's no obvious reason he's targeted, but a former friend lets slip that it's in the Book, the Bully Book to select
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I read this book based on my friend's recommendation, and I'm so glad I did! Reading this book was at once both painful and brought me back to middle school (not so great years) and reminded me of how great it is to be out of the social trauma of middle school. The story also drew me in so that I wanted to find out what happens to the main character and who actually wrote the Bully Book!

Eric Haskins is a 6th grader, whose school year starts off horrible when his best friend igno
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy, 2014
I have been thinking about the issue of bullying for some time now and how little we speak of it here [in Hungary], even though the more people I talk to about it, the more it becomes clear that most of us has experienced it to some extent during their schoolyears. I have spent most of my life in different schools, I've been to both of the classroom now and I'm getting more and more worried about this problem.

But onto The Bully Book. I discovered it thanks to the StarKid connection and it was re
This book was interesting, but also quite depressing. I also skipped through the bully pages, they just made me feel sick. :\

I really hated the attitude of the teachers in the school. Never did they once help Eric, no as soon as something happens they believe the bullies. It is sad, but I know this also happens in real life. Teachers just turning a blind eye.

I do however started to like and cheer for Eric. And I am really glad that in the end he was able to stand up and do something. Though th
Kayla Eklund
I thought The Bully Book was a a great debut novel. The Bully Book is about a boy named Eric. He is tormented by his classmates and he can’t figure out why. It turns out that there is a book passed down every year from the sixth graders called The Bully Book. In the book, it says if you want to become popular you have to pick a student to bully, among other things. Eric makes it his mission to find the book and put an end to the bullying. The Bully Book teaches kids how bad it feels to be bullie ...more
Hannah Mousha-book
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-reader
Eric has just started the 6th grade and his life couldn’t be worse. Three boys, one of whom was his best friend have made it their mission to make his life miserable. They are turning the class against him and even the girl he likes is becoming more distant. Whisperings of a secret book that tells you how to be the most popular kid in the school reaches Eric and he realizes he must find out the truth or he will be the “grunt” in his class forever! An inspiring story that is great for children, p ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started this book around 3pm today and just finished it, three hours later. Im more of a YAbooks kind of girl, but guys... This. Book. You have to read it. It's honest, witty, damn close to heartbreaking and it's true. Bullying like in this book happens al the time. But mostly, there are no words that can explain how touching it was. Eric captured the whole school envoirment flawlessly and sometimes I had to put the book down and take a deep breath because it hit way too close to home. The Bul ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting story about bullying that is loosely based on the author's experiences. It is a quick, enjoyable read with a positive message.

It saddened me that the teachers (view spoiler).

I loved the ending. It gave us a powerful resolution and Eric really seemed to learn a lot about who he was and wanted to be.

Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book expecting to breeze through it with a few laughs and a warm fuzzy feeling at the end, but I learned a few things about the psychology of bullying. This story is clever and well written, and I would definitely recommend it to anybody who asked me about it. I have to thank my daughter, the librarian for the recommendation.
Vian Selvanathan
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a boy named Eric Haskins who is purposedly getting bullid by other kids so they can seem popular.

I would recommend this book to anyone because it is a good book about middle school
One Sentence Review: Undoubtedly this is the best bullying related work of middle grade fiction I've ever read, which is particularly impressive when you consider the sheer swath of such books that exist in the world, none of them coming close to what Gale has accomplished here.
Kat M.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read

Eric Haskins is a boy starting 6th grade and what might be an awesome year, turns into hell when three kids decide to make his life miserable.

Eric makes his mission to discover what is going on and most important “Why him?”

I totally loved the narration, you can feel the desperation and the need of this kid to tell what he is going trough and to hopefully help someone else to avoid what happened to him.

It was a fast read, and I’d totally recommend it.

My experienc
Felix Raeber
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rate this book five star because it talks about a life of a boy that struggles. His name is Eric Haskins and he is in 6th grade. He has many obstacles to overcome during his year of 6th grade. Eric used to be super popular in 5th grade, but it all changed. Now he is getting bullied.

I recommend this book to people who like books about people and written like a journal. There is a special book and it was a myth, now Eric is trying to defeat it. The book is called "The Bully Book" and it has bee
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