Monday, November 17, 2014

The Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry

The Odd Squad, Bully BaitNick is the shortest twelve-year-old on the planet, at least that's what he says. He has a bully problem, Roy, and regularly finds himself stuffed in his locker. The principal decides Nick needs to join the three-person safety patrol with Karl and Molly, two other victims of bullying. The kids try to figure out a way to stop Roy with guidance from the school janitor. Their first efforts don't work, and Nick's secret texts to Roy only make the bully angrier. Nick gets more upset when he sees Roy with the most beautiful girl in school, but Nick is too frightened to speak to her. Things don't get much better until Nick discovers the bully's biggest weakness.

The author created an entertaining tale about the topic of bullies. Nick's grandmother was a funny character, and the janitor shared some strange stories and advice. Roy's character was easy to dislike, but he became almost human in the end. The resolution of the problem was a bit unusual, and it added more humor to the story.

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