Sunday, March 30, 2008

Prose, Francine. Bullyville

Prose, Francine. Bullyville. HarperCollins, 2007 [978-0-06-057497-0]
Although they work in the same office, Bart's parents are separated in their marriage. One day Bart is sick so his mom stays home from work. That day is 9-11 and his dad dies in attack on the World Trade Center. Not only do Bart and his mom have to deal with the death of his father, they also have to deal with that his parents had separated. A local, exclusive private school offers a scholarship for Bart to attend. Around town the kids know Baileywell School as Bullyville. Bart does'nt want to go but his mom thinks it is a great opportunity. Sure enough Bart gets secretly bullied. How much can Bart take? If he acts out against the Bully, who will the school punish? When Bart volunteers at a hospital he gets very friendly with a young girl. Who is this girl? I had thought this 260 page novel would be a simple story of bullying but it is so much more. This is a wonderfully written, multi-dimensional novel.


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