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The Tornado is a middle-grade friendship novel about bullying from Jake Burt, the author of Greetings from Witness Protection!

Bell Kirby is an expert at systems, whether he’s designing the world’s most elaborate habitat for his pet chinchilla, re-creating Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest inventions in his garage, or avoiding Parker Hellickson, the most diabolical bully Village
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Feiwel Friends
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Kathie
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book.

This is my favorite book by Jake Burt. It's a thoughtful look at bullying, and the impact on its targets, while is also has strong engineering (designing and building) content and will appeal to readers who see the world in a systemic way.

Bell Kirby loves systems, and he's created an elaborate schedule and a routine to avoid Parker Hellickson. Parker has bullied Bell for two years, but Parker's dad is also the school principal and at
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Mary
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the kind of excellence I have come to expect from Jake Burt. Almost (but not quite) as good as Greetings from Witness Protection. Seems to have been written for a slightly younger audience. The author's note at the end was 5 star.
Jordan Henrichs
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up my ARC copy of Jake Burt's The Tornado around the time I had read a lot of children's books about being twins and grieving over deceased family members so I immediately appreciated that this book was about neither of those things. It is about bullying and while that too, is becoming somewhat of a common trope in children's literature, it feels fresh and different in Jake Burt's hands, partly because Bell is such a unique character and partly because Burt is so talented (read Greeting ...more
Elizabeth Gill
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for middle grade readers. Also, anyone who experienced bullying in middle school can relate. The main characters, Bell and Daelynn are really interesting and Timmy is funny. Would also be enjoyed by kids who like systems, budding engineers. As with Burt's two other books, the dialog is the best part. Great lesson about standing up for others and not being a bystander.
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Jake Burt is an author of middle grade fiction and a 5th grade teacher. He lives in Connecticut, plays the banjo, and enjoys ultimate frisbee. He has yet to meet a rabbit hole he won't go down.
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