Lucy and the Bully

Bibliographic Information: Alexander, Claire. (2008). Lucy and the Bully. Morton Grove: Albert Whitman & Company.

Brief Annotation: Lucy loves school except for Tommy, the bully, who destroys her art projects, homework, and school supplies. Things stay the same until Lucy finally confides in her mother about her bully problem.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-5

Readers who will like this: Children who have been bullied or teased by other students.

Rating/Response: 4 This cute book tells a story that is common to many students at school: bullying. The book looks at both Lucy’s and Tommy’s feelings about the situation, and tells the story in an appropriate way, showing students that bullying can be stopped if we take action and confide in a trusted adult.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever been bullied or teased, or were you the bully? How did it make you feel?

Reading Strategy: Making Connections

Rationale for Strategy: This book would be great for students to make connections because everyone has been hurt by others. Students can also think about their own relationships with their peers in connection to the relationships of the characters in the book.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

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