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Bystander by James Preller
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Jun 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, realistic-fiction, young-adult

Eric and his mom move to a new town when he is in 7th grade. Right before school begins he witnesses a kid escaping from a group of bullies - and then is confronted by the group himself. Soon after, when school begins, he is summarily accepted into the group. While never an active participant in any subsequent bullying behavior, he also never does anything to stop it. Finally, he has to confront his actions - or lack thereof - and decide what he is going to do about this situation.

The end is a little bit anti-climactic, perhaps even a bit unrealistic, but overall the message about bullying, bystanding, and being bullied, is quite clear and well conveyed.

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