“It teaches about the affects of being a bystander (hence the title). The consequences- good and bad. It also teaches that people are more to what we see them to be.”see full review » see other reviews »
“It teaches about the affects of being a bystander (hence the title). The consequences- good and bad. It also teaches that people are more to what we see them to be. ”Rooshi wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's all about a boy who makes a decision between to whether be a bystander or to stand up for his friends.”Nidradil wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The beginning and middle of this book did an excellent job of capturing how difficult it is to stop a bully and the very real fear of becoming the next target. I was however a little disappointed in how easily and neatly the problem was solved as that is not real world.”Denise Rolfes wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What happens when you stop being a bystander and speak up?”Lori E wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Meh. It was okay. Not great.”Isaac wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a unique book especially for middle schoolers on what it's like to be bullied. A twist ending shows a way to deal with a bully that may not be very realistic, but the technique is interesting and smart.”Glacier Point Middle School Library wrote this review Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a thought provoking novel for middle school students. Because bullying is such a hot topic in school these days, this book would make an excellent One School, One Book title for those in the intermediate grades. Everyone knows what constitutes a bully, but this book brings the bystanders into the conversation. Is witnessing an act of bullying and doing nothing as bad as doing the bullying? Would you be willing to stand up to the bully? This message, as well as the victim's point of view, evokes feelings of anger and fear. Author James Preller does an excellent job describing how Eric, the new kid at school struggles with dealing with the bully, all while trying to fit in in his new school. At times the story is a bit preachy, but I do believe this subject is meaningful and appropriate for middle school students. Although the main character is a boy, I do believe this realistic fiction book would appeal to both genders. I would definitely recommend this title to school counselors and social workers in the middle grades.”Jodie D'Alexander wrote this review Friday, May 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yet another CRCT book to read”Samantha wrote this review Wednesday, April 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was about about a the new to town seventh grader Eric. He moved to this new town. He loves basketball. He thought he met his new friends. There group leader was Griffin. It turns out though that they just wanted to bully and beat up Eric. What will he do?”Hudson Rubio wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This book is amazing. usually i don't like to read but this book is a really exciting book! The main character is Eric a seventh grade boy who just moved to bell port.
Eric is a good boy hasn't got in trouble before.But maybe this year it will change.
Eric was bouncing the basketball on the outside court. Eric wanted to join the boys basketball this year.He was a pretty good basketball player. Until ten minutes later Griffin showed up! Thats when his life changed forever. Griffin is a tough guy with shaggy brown hair. He's not small or big for size but just right, so you would be afraid. Griffin was a bully, lier and stealer. Eric didn't find that out until later in the school year.
David Helen back was a target of Griffins crew or posse. Then after Eric turning on griffin and standing up he becomes the target. Cody a tall scronnie blond haired boy beat up eric because he turned on griffin. Eric had been the target now and he couldn't do anything about it.or could he?In fact he did witch is the climax of the story, Eric went threw they back door he inched his way up the creaky stairs and finally reached Griffins room. He was looking for what griffin stole from him and his brother earlier witch was a couple cd’s and twenty eight dollars from Eric's brother Rudy.He took them back and noticed that a door opened from upstairs. ohhh no it was Griffins father. his father walked down the stairs sleeping almost falling down. When Griffins father was in the kitchen he bolted out the front door and was scared as he could ever be. But Griffins father just looked out the door scratched his head and went back inside. But Eric realized he left his shoes in his room. The next day griffin or eric didn't talk at all. Griffin hasn’t said a word to him ever since Eric gave him those shoe’s.
The theme of this story is be your self don’t let a bully, bully you,If you do then they will keep doing it and doing it, you make your decisions not anybody else. I recommend that people reed this awesome book because there’s a lot to learn from it! if i were to rate this book ten out of one i would rate it a nine. Reed it, it is a very exciting book!”