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andlt;Bandgt;An insightful exploration of middle school bullying from multiple perspectives, by the award-winning author of andlt;Iandgt;Anything But Typicalandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Elizabeth Moon grew up around dogs. Her mom runs a boarding kennel out of their home, so sheand#8217;s seen how dogs behave to determine pack order. Her experience in middle school is uncomfortably similar.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Maggie hates how Elizabeth acts so much better than everyone else. Besides, sheand#8217;s always covered in dog hair. And she smells. So Maggie creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;What makes a bully, and what makes a victim? Itand#8217;s all in the perspective, and the dynamics shift. From sibling rivalries to mean girl antics, the varying points of view in this illuminating novel from the award-winning author of andlt;I andgt;Anything But Typical andlt;/Iandgt;show the many shades of grayand#8212;because middle school is anything but black and white.

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"Baskin (The Summer Before Boys) again offers an on-target portrayal of middle-school angst as she portrays the day-to-day torments of students in a sixth-grade class. In a series of brief vignettes, she moves between classmates including 'Smelly-Girl' Elizabeth, who can't shake the lingering scent (or shed hair) of her mother's dog-sitting business; Elizabeth's nemesis, Maggie, who is 'used to winning things,' but hasn't been able to repair her fallout with her artistically talented former best friend Freida; and Stewart and Matthew, two athletes whose rivalry leads to a fight and a suspension. Although their backgrounds and interests are different, all of Baskin's characters have experienced the pain of humiliation or exclusion in one way or another, and most of them recognize that life was simpler back when the whole class was still invited to birthday parties. Rather than providing tidy, concrete solutions to the characters' dilemmas and the class's pecking order, Baskin delivers an honest message about surviving bad situations and remaining true to oneself and one's friends. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

An insightful exploration of middle school bullying from multiple perspectives, by the award-winning author of Anything But Typical.

Elizabeth Moon grew up around dogs. Her mom runs a boarding kennel out of their home, so she’s seen how dogs behave to determine pack order. Her experience in middle school is uncomfortably similar.

Maggie hates how Elizabeth acts so much better than everyone else. Besides, she’s always covered in dog hair. And she smells. So Maggie creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.

What makes a bully, and what makes a victim? It’s all in the perspective, and the dynamics shift. From sibling rivalries to mean girl antics, the varying points of view in this illuminating novel from the award-winning author of Anything But Typical show the many shades of gray—because middle school is anything but black and white.

About the Author

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book Awardand#8211;winning author of andlt;iandgt;Anything But Typicalandlt;/iandgt;. She was chosen as a andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; Flying Start for her novel andlt;iandgt;What Every Girl (Except Me) Knowsandlt;/iandgt;, and has since written a number ofandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;novels for middle graders and teens, including andlt;iandgt;The Truth About My Bat Mitzvahandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Summer Before Boysandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Runtandlt;/iandgt;. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at NoraBaskin.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442458079
Author:
Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jacket; spfx: matte lam with spot uv
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 208 pages Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - English 9781442458079 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Baskin (The Summer Before Boys) again offers an on-target portrayal of middle-school angst as she portrays the day-to-day torments of students in a sixth-grade class. In a series of brief vignettes, she moves between classmates including 'Smelly-Girl' Elizabeth, who can't shake the lingering scent (or shed hair) of her mother's dog-sitting business; Elizabeth's nemesis, Maggie, who is 'used to winning things,' but hasn't been able to repair her fallout with her artistically talented former best friend Freida; and Stewart and Matthew, two athletes whose rivalry leads to a fight and a suspension. Although their backgrounds and interests are different, all of Baskin's characters have experienced the pain of humiliation or exclusion in one way or another, and most of them recognize that life was simpler back when the whole class was still invited to birthday parties. Rather than providing tidy, concrete solutions to the characters' dilemmas and the class's pecking order, Baskin delivers an honest message about surviving bad situations and remaining true to oneself and one's friends. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , An insightful exploration of middle school bullying from multiple perspectives, by the award-winning author of Anything But Typical.

Elizabeth Moon grew up around dogs. Her mom runs a boarding kennel out of their home, so she’s seen how dogs behave to determine pack order. Her experience in middle school is uncomfortably similar.

Maggie hates how Elizabeth acts so much better than everyone else. Besides, she’s always covered in dog hair. And she smells. So Maggie creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.

What makes a bully, and what makes a victim? It’s all in the perspective, and the dynamics shift. From sibling rivalries to mean girl antics, the varying points of view in this illuminating novel from the award-winning author of Anything But Typical show the many shades of gray—because middle school is anything but black and white.

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