Last week I picked up Eric Kahn Gale’s novel The Bully Book up from Barnes and Noble. I hadn’t heard much about this book, but Gale works with Team StarKid, and t’is the season for gift cards, so I figured why not? I was pleasantly surprised!
The first thing that intrigued me about this book, was the cover. I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but after reading this, I realized that this cover was perfect for it. With the hardcover, the red part is a slipcover. The hard part of the book just says The Book, which is what the entire book is about.
The book itself is a mixture of 2 formats; the first being a typed book on how to “Get the job done.” The second is a journal, relating to the book, and how Eric Haskins was effected by it. In the end, you learn why the format is the way that it is, but I’ll let you get there on your own. Eric Haskins ends up being the Grunt of his 6th grade class, and he doesn’t understand why. So the book starts with him wanting to find The Book so he can change himself out of the Grunt, but it becomes about him wanting to stop The Book from hurting more people. He goes through a lot of crap, dealing with his bullies; Donovan and Adrian, who are lead by Jason, the Keeper of The Book. Reading about the stuff they put Eric through, and how his thoughts change is really interesting.
I don’t want to delve too far into this book, Fangirls, but I want you to check it out. It is intended for the 5th and 6th grade readers, but is enjoyable for all ages. One thing that I really appreciated was after the book ended, a list of resources that can help with bullying. And whether you’re a Grunt or a Bully, you can learn a lot. So go out and read this. It’s available on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble, and wherever Harper Collins Published books are sold.
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