Call Me Yubbie
"An inspiring tale that moves you through tears to cheers . . . and then to action." A young adult novel suitable for 5th to 8th grade readers, Call Me Yubbie is the coming-of-age story of Yubbie, a lonesome boy who doesn't quite fit in with his dysfunctional family and who is bullied by the older kids. Joe's parents don't seem interested in anything he does or says, his father's explosions terrify him, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and his younger brother lives to taunt him. In between, he can't seem to get a handle on school, is terrible at sports, and is mercilessly taunted by bullies who nickname him Yubbie. To get a handle on it all, he channels his emotions into his journal, alternately fanaticizing about excelling at something and getting even with the people who abuse him, until he meets Max. A coming of age story that explores how bullying impacts the victim, the onlookers, and even the bully himself, Call Me Yubbie is a powerful look at one boy's journey from self-conscious victim to self-confident young man.
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