It obviously touches on a more sensitive topic than Bystander. Having started reading THE FALL by James Preller earlier in the day, I knew. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander to the bully’s next victim. This title has Common Core connections. Bystander / by James Preller. Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts.

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The boy was covered with ketchup.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Working on his game or just killing time, Eric wasn’t sure. The boy looked down, and when his eyes again lifted to meet Gy, they seemed distant and cheerless.

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I feel bad for him because he didn’t move into the greatest town and he doesn’t even have his dad because he is suffering from depression. Griffin steals things; he thin Exit Project In this book Bystander by James Preller, it talks pgeller a new kid that has just moved in being a bystander and getting bullied. In a book for middle graders? That is not the case.

Because, duh, nobody is going to get all pumped up just because there’s a big cemetery in your ppreller hometown, stuffed with dead cats and dogs and whatever else people want to bury. Maybe after reading this book they can really see into themselves of how cruel they are. Please let me know if prellef have such a thing to offer.

Eric gathered all his bravery and broke in to the house and gathered his things and ran without looking back. A good story with a strong message. When school starts, Eric quickly learns that Griffin is a bully but not a typical one. But this goes to show that the bystander jzmes be just as an easy target as the victim! The Crossover The Crossover Series. Square Fish; Reprint edition May 10, Language: It won’t help much if kids can’t identify with the main character.


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I would recommend this to a friend and hopefully it can open their eyes to how people can really be. Byshander is about the system of bullying and how it functions in a school.

They should’ve made the book longer so we could have known more about his life. Bystander is yet another YA novel that has me cheering the author for his brave realistic storytelling and mentally ordering class sets to use in class only to slap me in the face with a poorly constructed, nonsensical ending.

The best way to beat a bully is to sink to his level and beat him at his own game breaking any laws necessary in the process. Browse Browse, collapsed Browse. It suggests that bullying is a by product of the society of a school, including the pressure to be popular and even the pressure to make friends.

Was this all an act? It’s an important topic and I hope there will be a lively discussion about it in school this fall.

Yet Eric did not move, did not raise a hand to bystandeg. This inspired James Preller to try writing his own books. Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.


There is nowhere to hide. Griffin wants to be his friend. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Eric walked to his basketball, picked it up, tucked it under his arm, and stood watching the boy. names

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The action moves quickly, keeping readers engaged. This is a really good book. Oct 11, Temo Rendon rated it really liked it.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Make a comment below. Bu story explores the topic of what it feels like to be the “new kid” in school and how weighty the decisions one makes to fit in can be. Bullying is a huge problem and a topic that children authors like to tackle.

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But something isn’t right about Griffin. As time goes on, Eric develops a serious dislike for the way Griffin treats him and others. Eric knows there’s something not quite right with this kid, but being new in school, who’s he to argue?

But the twist that he added which made the story even better bystandef the bystander turned out to be the bully’s next target. The middle of the story for me overcomes any problems with the ending. But something isn’t right about Griffin.