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Book Talk

Davis Pillow

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Bystander

Bystander by James Preller
Robert Barnes, Davis Pillow, Christian Smith Introduction Plot Bystander got it's name because in the book Eric is a witness or bystander to acts of bullying. Bystander's Origin He was born in 1961 and lives in Delmar, New York. More about James Preller Not only is James Preller the author of this book, but many other children's books too. Bystander was published in 2009; it is also a realistic fiction due to the fact that this could have happened, but it was just made up by a author. Recommendation by Robert Barnes: Exposition (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr Setting: Long Island, New York, during school year. Initiating Event: Eric meets Griffon on the basketball court. Characters: Main characters- Eric ( dynamic ), Griffin ( static ), Mary ( dynamic ), Eric’s mom ( static ), David Hallenback ( dynamic ) Cody ( dynamic)Minor characters- Haakeem, Patrick, Drew P, Rudy, Mr. Hayes , Mary’s friends. Rising Action Eric starts his first day of school and he gets through his first classes then when he goes to lunch he sits with Griffin and his crew The theme of the story is that bullying in any, way, shape, or form is wrong and unacceptable. DON'T BE A BYSTANDER OR BULLY! Theme Climax David Hallenback takes Eric to the pet cemetery in town where Griffin and the crew beat Eric up. Eric hangs out with Griffin a lot but during school sees that Griffin and his crew bully a kid named David Hallenback. David always keeps coming back and trying to hang out with the group even though they seem to not like him. Griffin wants Eric to steal stuff for him but Eric wont do it and Griffin starts to do stuff to Eric like steal Eric's bike and report Eric to the school saying he has a knife even though he doesn't Falling Action Since Griffin took stuff from Eric's house Eric wants to take it back. Eric goes to Griffin's house when he thinks no one is there and goes up to Griffin's room and finds the stuff Griffin took but he took off his shoes to be quiet. Griffin's dad ends up being home so Eric sprints out the door without being seen with all his stuff, but his shoes. Resolution Griffin does find Eric's shoes at his house, but at school he just wears them and Eric never talks to him or hangs out with him anymore. Mary the girl who used to hang out with Griffin a lot and her friends now got her friends angry at her too, but Eric and her hang out a lot and eventually they make new friends. Recommendations I enjoyed this book very much and I thought it was very interesting. Another reason why I thought it was good is because it had a very interesting storyline. Lastly, i found the fact that he was able to write a book like this in such detail that maybe he had troubles with bullying as a young boy. I think people that are interested in stories about bullying and accounts of bullying would truly enjoy this book. Recommendation by Christian Smith I think that bystander was a pretty good book. I think the most interesting thing about this book is that it is on the topic of bullying/bully prevention. I think that this book is a great book to explain what happens to people who are bullied. It shows the ways to stop bullying even when adults cannot help, and you must take matters into your own hands. I would recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble with a bully, who needs help with a bully, or to someone who is a bully. Recommendation
by Davis Pillow Bystander overall was an interesting book. I thought that it had many twists and turns in it. Also, I feel that writing a book about bully/ bully prevention must have been a difficult task unless the author as a kid was bullied or was a bystander. The type of person who I would recommend this to would be someone who is being bullied or has been bullied. Even if they were a witness to bullying I would recommend it to them. Point of View The point of view is third person limited because the narrator is telling only what Eric sees, does, and thinks.
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