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The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, books-i-think-i-should-read, middle-grade-reading, work-review-related-reading

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, and has been handed down for years. And he needs that book to find out why he was chosen to be the Grunt (until now he'd been popular and had had a very easy time in school). His detective work is brave and inspiring, and what he learns shocking. This book is moving and what I think should be a must read for the 10-12 group, and their parents and teachers. So many amazing discussions can come from the ideas in this book. I was bullied when I was a bit older than Eric, and I wish I could go back and give this book to that version of myself--it might have changed my life. But since I can't do that, I'm going to do my best to put this book in as many hands as possible. Yes, I think it is THAT important.
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Started Reading
December 13, 2012 – Finished Reading
December 15, 2012 – Shelved
December 15, 2012 – Shelved as: 5-star
December 15, 2012 – Shelved as: books-i-think-i-should-read
December 15, 2012 – Shelved as: middle-grade-reading
December 15, 2012 – Shelved as: work-review-related-reading

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