It obviously touches on a more sensitive topic than Bystander. Having started reading THE FALL by James Preller earlier in the day, I knew. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander to the bully’s next victim. This title has Common Core connections. Bystander / by James Preller. Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts.

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The bully is Griffin Conley. Eric becomes friends with Griffin and quickly becomes a bystander to these cruel incidents The central theme in Bystander is supposedly that bullying is wrong and bearing witness as a bystander to bullying is wrong.

Bystander by James Preller

I’m not going to talk so much about what the book is about just going to give a description of the main point. But something isn’t right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things.

I really have no idea why the author chose to bail out at the end of the book. Chapter after chapter Preller paints a realistic, sometimes brutal portrait of how Eric, the new boy in town, deals with the challenges of fitting in at a new school while being a sometimes target and sometimes “friend” of Griffin, a seventh grade sociopath.

The ball bounced to the left bhstander, off the asphalt court and onto the grass, where it rolled and settled, unchased. I promise to open my heart to the idea of a sequel.

We both agree jame it does not focus on the actual suicide. Hallenbeck stared at the tops of his shoes and scurried down the hall, like a rat looking for a hole. No one seemed to be chasing after the boy. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I hoped to have a great novel to recommend to my seventh grade students, a novel with genuine characters dealing with bullying in a way that students could use as a blueprint for handling their own issues.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. An epigraph is one of those small parts of a novel that many readers and some writers ignore. Feb 03, Alex A. Thanks again for the wonderful Skype session today! Although the story is jmes told in a straightforward fashion, making it a good choice for many younger teens at times I felt like I was reading a “lesson” about bullying, rather than a truly bystanedr story about teens caught up in bully situation which lessened my appreciation of the book.

Sure, the adults in the book try jamees instill jaames typical anti-bullying ideals, but the students pretty much disregard those directives. This book is meant to be read-aloud to whole classes. Set up a giveaway. This story compelled me because of how interesting the story is. Luckily, they were just kidding, but to me that doesn’t seem like a very friendly joke.

Bystander by James Preller

The events in this novel sadly happen everyday around us. The boy was covered with ketchup.

A source or a destination, a map or a summation. Not so long ago one of the 6th graders choked a 5th grader. You never hear about him except when he’s getting bullied.

We find those inside ourselves. While shooting hoops he sees a kid running past the basket court.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I appreciate your thoughts on a sequel. This book is quite literally centered around bullying, and how to stop it. Jan 23, Kiernan Kovac rated it really liked it. So Griffin starts to bully Eric.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Nobody is just a bully, just a target. And at the end of the book, Will returns home to the place where he started with new insight. Eric knows there’s something not quite right with this kid, but being new in school, who’s he to argue? This isn’t your idealized bystandrr. Will this story finally stop the bully and become a “Eric is a normal kid in a normal new school with normal friends and normal bullies.

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Griffin is the bully. I was disappointed with the way the book ended, as it was lackluster like the author didn’t have any ideas how to end it. If you say nothing while someone is beaten becaus Bystander James Preller A long time ago a woman named Kitty Genoveve was being murdered in an alley. It might be a bstander thing, writing-wise. So bysander have that in common, the Island and good bagels. Fan Mail Wednesday He never lifted a finger too harm David Hallenback. As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin’s dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: