A bully’s impact can be life-long as evidenced by Eric Kahn Gale’s, The Bully Book. The novel is loosely based on the author’s experiences as a sixth grader when he was singled out as “the grunt” and made miserable, just as his main character, Eric Haskins, experiences. In seeking to understand what has happened to him and get revenge, the character Eric learns the same lessons that author Eric learned– and gives readers a satisfying story with an unexpected–at first–twist. The Bully Book is told in two voices: Eric’s, whose story is set in a dark, informal looking font, and the bully’s, where the voice is shown in a wide, textbook-type font.
I liked The Bully Book, and would like to think that we have no use for it in EHCCS, but it would be silly to believe that. Readers will recognize some of their classmates, I’m sure, but maybe, just maybe, the this book will serve as a cautionary tale.
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