Category: Young Adult Fiction
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About the Book
Jonathan Winters doesn’t know it yet, but he is about to have an unimaginable school year. Not only is it his first day in an unfamiliar school, but he encounters Ryan, Rabbit Hill Academy’s notorious bully. His life is never the same after that.
Ryan Bellows doesn’t know it yet either, but he also is about to have an unimaginable school year. Ryan bullies to gain popularity and to help him forget his woes. His tormenting is relentless until the day he is summoned to the principal’s office to find two police officers.
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This is what people are saying
Very good book! It had a great message! Loved the slogan at the end. I enjoyed how it had perspectives from many different people, so you never felt torn between characters. You felt a part of most of them. – Marisa
I really enjoyed this book and ended up reading it in one sitting. There were a few unexpected turns that easily moved the book along. Written from multiple viewpoints, this book gives a perspective into bullying that was unique. The characters are well written and easy to identify with. – Carmen
I really enjoyed this book! The concept was important, and beautifully revealed. The characters came to life, with just enough detail to make them real – I have to admit I teared up in the hospital scene after the car accident. I particularly liked the portrayal of Gregory and his dad, where events showed that even the bullied can be bullies, even people tasked with ‘blocking’ bullying might miss things. The undercurrent of compassion throughout the book was a lovely thing, and I’m sure Kevin’s life lessons through years of teaching contributed richly to this. -Ann
Great read! I found this book surprisingly very good. The author obviously knew the subject of bullying from a personal place. The story was intriguing and I did not want to put the book down. It made me laugh and cry which in my opinion is a successful and good book. I know it was written for young adults but this 51 year old enjoyed it very much. Worth a read! -Jo-Anne
As a teacher, this is one of my favourite books on the topic of bullying. It allows you to see it from the multiple perspectives and reminds you that people have much more going on in their lives than a person sees. I would highly recommend this book to my friends, family, and colleagues. It would make a great film! – Meghan
About the Author
Bullies infuriate K J Sommer. He is a retired school teacher who writes from his experiences as a veteran teacher of 35 years. K J Sommer has dealt with every kind of school bully there is, and comforted their victims. He has helped students deal with many of the challenges today’s youth face. His message to bullies, and their victims, is a powerful one.
KJ has written for his hometown’s history book, Wagon Trails in the Sod, and in the town of Vermilion’s history book, Vermilion Memories II. He was also involved in the creation of his hometown’s first history book, Leaves of the Parkland. KJ is published in the December/January 2020 issue of the Our Canada magazine. He also is an avid blogger who has written numerous blog posts on his blog: Sommer Season All Year.