Author: Caroline Pignat Copyright Date: 2008
Caroline Pignat has created a nuanced and vibrant story filled with lovable and detestable characters. She retells the age old story of bullying from the viewpoints of two bystanders; one close to the bully and one close to the bullied. She explores the emotions and motivations of all four characters the bystanders, the bully and that bullied. The bullied character interjects his point of view through free verse poems interspersed through the timeline of the plot. An excellent addition to the 6-9 library.
The first three short chapters would do an excellent job introducing the book and its themes. Poems in the book would make fine examples when introducing free verse poetry. A good story for teaching about point of view, descriptive writing and developing characters.
Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) ✓ #2 #3 #4 (not acceptable)
Interest Level: Grade 7-8 Reading Level: Grade 7,8 +
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, Health and Social Studies
Theme(s) Topic(s): Bullying, Friendship, Survival
This book would be suitable for: ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials ✓Read-Aloud (Gr.) 7,8