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. Volume XII Number 14 . . . . March 17, 2006
story starring Maddie, Louise Leblanc deals with the issue of bullying
in schools. Maddie's little brother, Julian, who is a genius who excels
at school, suddenly doesn't want to attend. He claims have lost his
glasses so that he won't have to go, and, when Maddie and Alexander
find them hidden in his secret box, they realize that something is
secretly wrong. Julian won't confess, however, until he has a nightmare
and crawls into Maddie’s bed. The next morning, they share the
secret with Alexander:
Leblanc does a good job of telling the story of bullying from the victim's side and even gives an idea of why bullying might occur. The ideas in the story will make sense to children and show that bullying has negative effects on more people than just the victim and the bullies. Told in simple language with short paragraphs and chapters, the book is well written for this age level. Marie-Louise Gay's pictures illustrate the feelings and emotions of the characters, with Julian portrayed as both a toad and a ghost to show how he feels when he is being bullied and when nobody notices the bullying.
Lisa O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three in Winnipeg, MB.
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