Bystander

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Feiwel & Friends, Sep 29, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you're new in town, it's hard to know who to hang out with—and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular.

But something isn't right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things. And if Griffin doesn't like you, you'd better watch your back. There might be a target on it.

As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin's dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: he's a liar, a bully, a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander . . . to the bully's next victim.

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User Review  - brjamo - LibraryThing

Bystander, by James Preller, is about Eric, who is the new kid in town. He arrived during the summer, so he has no friends yet. When school starts, he meets Griffin. Griffing is the cool kid in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - RalphLagana - LibraryThing

Decent book. The development of the characters in terms of how a truly gifted bully can make you always fearful -even when he claims he's your bud- is excellent. Good book for middle schoolers to read. Read full review

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Contents

1 ketchup
1
2 pretty
6
3 joking
13
4 fresh
20
5 school
27
6 hallenback
31
7 lunch
37
8 charmed
43
19 reaching
117
20 out
124
21 crossed
132
22 boot
138
23 unsent
145
24 fallout
149
25 misfits
158
26 bike
166

9 gum
49
10 friend
54
11 crazy
61
12 shiner
69
13 pretzel
74
14 flinch
83
15 visitor
87
16 mary
97
17 slander
105
18 story
111
27 locker
171
28 confession
177
29 threat
182
30 repairs
190
31 even
201
32 door
210
33 kicks
214
34 coda
220
Acknowledgments
225
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About the author (2009)

James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, "Casey at the Bat." In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men's hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to "trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms." He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three children, cats and dog.

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