The Bully Book | Mentoring in the Middle

The Bully Book

I ordered a large quantity of books from Scholastic about two weeks ago, and they sent me several free books in return.  I started to read this one at the beginning of the weekend, and put it down because it felt really harsh. 

And then I picked it up this afternoon and finished it.  Wow!  Have any of you read it?   I'd be curious to see what you think.  It's too late in the year to do it as a read aloud, and I honestly don't know if it would work well that way, since the story is told from two different points of view: the person who initially created the book, explaining how to be a bully without being too obvious, and the kid who's being picked on this year.

I may ask some kids to review it for me.  It's very thought-provoking, and you hurt for the kid whose life has been turned upside down.

Scholastic also sent this book, which looks equally thought-provoking.  This one is about a special-needs kid who's about to be pranked by his classmates.  Except that one of them, who's gotten to know him better because she was assigned to work with him on a project, is now having second thoughts.

Anyone read this one?  I'm curious what upper elementary/middle school teachers think about these books!

I'm hearing rumors that this is the last full week for some of you?  Really now? 
It's okay, I'm over it.

Have a good week!


  1. I haven't read them....but you do make me want too! Both of them sound really interesting. I may have to add them to my summer reading list!

    Mind Sparks

  2. I haven't heard of either, but they sound like great additions to my classroom library!