Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The misery of bullies.
We've all known bullies and felt the pain of their attacks. But, have we ever considered the pain in their lives? Butterball is thirteen, overweight and feels so ostracized in school that he eats his lunch of vending machine cheese crackers in the bathroom stall. How did things get so bad? Why did he hit his former friend Maurice on the playground with a sock full of batteries? Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully by 50 Cent is inspired by the hip hop star's own adolescence. You'll find yourself groaning at Butterball's bad choices, laughing at his acerbic comments and cheering him on as he begins to believe in himself. Read this book to see the humanity behind a bully and feel hope for all kids in trouble.