Saturday Showcase (September 6)


Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about).

This week’s featured book is The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale.

The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to “make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man” and how to select the Grunt-the kid who will become the lowest of the low.

Eric Haskins may be this year’s Grunt for now, but he’s determined not to stay at the bottom of the social ladder forever. Hilarious and compelling, The Bully Book is a must-read for every tween, tween parent, librarian and educator!

Although it’s a middle grade read, The Bully Book is for everyone as it covers a wide range of issues – bullying, peer pressure, the bystander effect – in an interesting, powerful, thought-provoking manner. I may have picked it up for Team Starkid, but I definitely kept reading for the captivating storyline.

What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave a list in the comments below.