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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Giveaway: The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale

   Today I have up for grabs, THE BULLY BOOK by Eric Kahn Gale. There is not one, but three copies to give away. All copies have been donated by the lovely and awesome HarperCollins.

There is a book that teaches how to be a bully, and it will ruin Eric Haskins’ life. It all starts when his best friend, Donovan, ditches him and befriends Adrian Noble, the tallest kid in class, and a karate-kicking 10-year-old Eric calls Jason Crazy-Pants. The three boys systematically tease and humiliate Eric, eventually turning the entire class against him. When even that isn’t enough, they sabotage the friendship of his grade-school crush, Melody Miller.

​How did 5th grade go so wrong so fast? Adults offer little help: Eric’s single mother doesn’t listen, and Tony Clark, the school’s principal, misinterprets every situation. In a chance encounter with a 6th grade loser, Eric learns of a school-district-wide conspiracy theory: “The Bully Book.” According to local legend, a devious 10-year-old wrote a Machiavellian manifesto for the 5th grade, instructing its readers how to gain power in the school. The Bully Book’s lynchpin is the selection of a “Grunt”—the kid who will become “the lowest of the low.” The Grunt unites the class around a common goal (making his life miserable) and gives the possessor of The Bully Book a platform on which to demonstrate his dominance. The Grunt is selected through a specific, but mysterious process. Eric believes that discovering the specifications used to determine the Grunt will allow him to change himself in the necessary way, and escape The Bully Book’s all-encompassing grasp.

​Eric becomes a detective of The Bully Book, seeking out its former Grunts in the middle school, perusing historical documents, and even coming into possession of a single page of the storied text. Meanwhile, the world is growing up around him. Melody begins “going out” with one of his key tormentors, Jason Crazy-Pants, and his mother carries on a relationship with Tony Clark, his principal.

​The story of The Bully Book is told in chapters that alternate between entries from Eric Haskin’s journal and passages from the actual Bully Book. As the novel progresses, the two documents inform each other and their relationship is made clear, while Eric grows ever closer to The Bully Book and the dark secret at the heart of Arborland Elementary School.

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  1. Why yes, yes I did know that! This sounds like a great book! I can't tell if it's MG fiction or meant for older readers but I'd love to read it.

    You guys are doing a great job!


  2. The author works for star kid production with derren Criss XD That was one reason why I wanted to buy the ebook in the first place, to support their production because thy are epic. The other reason is because its a great story, and sounds soo interesting.

  3. I have become aware over the past few days. Let's bring it out into the open, expose it & remove it.

  4. I did know! But even if I hadn't it's being talked about a lot, so I'm sure I would've heard about it : )

  5. This is a new-to-me-author but this book sounds like a great read.
    Bullying needs to stop asap! It's just not acceptable!
    Thank you for the chance to win Jodi!
    DeAnna Schultz

  6. I've heard about it just a few days before.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. No I didn't. I just heard about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. No, I was not aware that something like it existed. I only found out about it when I got the first emails from your blog. I think this is such a great thing to do. More people are affected by bullying than any one of us realize and being bullied at any stage of one's life can influence the you the rest of your life.

  9. I just heard about it too! This is such a great way to let us know more about bullying.

  10. No I didn't. I think it's great what you are doing! :D

  11. Nope, but I think I saw it on one of the tweets of the people I followed. :)) I think it is good that there is a month for this said advocacy that we had to stop bullying. I had made a speech about this in front of my Communication Arts class and it feeels great! :))


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