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How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying (Paula Wiseman Books)

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andlt;bandgt;andlt;bandgt;When luck gives a new kid a false reputation as a tough guy, can he find the strength to live up to his image? andlt;/bandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Rodney Rathbone is a self-admitted coward. Things scare him, and he canand#8217;t help it. So naturally heand#8217;s terrified when he moves to a new town and the bully is ready to pounce. But just as Rodney is about to flee, a baseball flies in from out of nowhere and knocks out the bully. Now everyone thinks Rodneyand#8217;s invincibleand#8212;when really he feels just the opposite. Can he figure out how to live up to his new reputation and make friends along the way?andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Told with warmth and heart, this debut novel from a middle-school teacher will speak to the hidden insecuritiesand#8212;and strengthsand#8212;of every middle-grade reader.

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"Over the course of a school year, perpetual underdog Rodney Rathbone transforms himself from insecure new kid and bully magnet to class hero — all by goofy happenstance — in Starkey's debut novel. The farcical chain of events is set in motion when Rodney faces off with bully Josh and an errant baseball gives Josh a bloody broken nose, though the distracted onlookers give Rodney the credit. Several similar incidents help inflate Rodney's legend — and he's not complaining. Meanwhile, he's hoping to make some real friends, woo his crush, and survive a teacher who has it in for him. Though Starkey is in tune with the rhythms of life in upper elementary school, he often turns up the ridiculousness too high in pursuit of campiness, leaving readers with a sometimes tiresome string of episodes. An undercurrent of nastiness among the characters — from local bullies to a truly sinister teacher — is less funny than it is uncomfortable, and while Rodney technically 'beats' the bully at his own game, his triumph is somewhat hollow. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Barbara S. Kouts Agency. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Rodney Rathbone is more surprised than anyone, when he--a self-confessed coward--becomes known as a mighty muscleman in this debut novel that is tender, funny and filled with heart.

About the Author

Scott Starkey is a elementary school teacher and author.  This is his debut book for children. He lives in Long Island, NY with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442416857
Author:
Starkey, Scott
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
How to Beat the Bully
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jacket (no spfx)
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

Related Subjects


Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Bullying
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Emotions and Feelings
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Friendship
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Living
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Teen Issues

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Product details 272 pages Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - English 9781442416857 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Over the course of a school year, perpetual underdog Rodney Rathbone transforms himself from insecure new kid and bully magnet to class hero — all by goofy happenstance — in Starkey's debut novel. The farcical chain of events is set in motion when Rodney faces off with bully Josh and an errant baseball gives Josh a bloody broken nose, though the distracted onlookers give Rodney the credit. Several similar incidents help inflate Rodney's legend — and he's not complaining. Meanwhile, he's hoping to make some real friends, woo his crush, and survive a teacher who has it in for him. Though Starkey is in tune with the rhythms of life in upper elementary school, he often turns up the ridiculousness too high in pursuit of campiness, leaving readers with a sometimes tiresome string of episodes. An undercurrent of nastiness among the characters — from local bullies to a truly sinister teacher — is less funny than it is uncomfortable, and while Rodney technically 'beats' the bully at his own game, his triumph is somewhat hollow. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Barbara S. Kouts Agency. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Rodney Rathbone is more surprised than anyone, when he--a self-confessed coward--becomes known as a mighty muscleman in this debut novel that is tender, funny and filled with heart.
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