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Journal of a schoolyard bully : cyberbully, Farley Katz

Label
Journal of a schoolyard bully : cyberbully
Title
Journal of a schoolyard bully
Title remainder
cyberbully
Statement of responsibility
Farley Katz
Title variation
  • Cyberbully
  • Cyber bully
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Tone
Review
  • Gr 5 – 8 — In this sequel to Journal of a Schoolyard Bully (St. Martin's, 2011), Nico Kaylor has relocated to Boulder, Colorado, with his single mom and younger brother, Alex. He plots to terrorize the classmates in his New Age school, but has learned from his past mistakes and tries to avoid getting caught. He obtains a part-time job at an electronics store where the owner pays him in disposable cell phones, allowing him to text-errorize both his classmates and teachers anonymously. Eventually seeking new ways to effect his self-designated role as class bully, Nico eventually moves on to the computer as a means to intimidate his peers. Alex, however, has learned from his brother's example and hatches a plot to expose his cyberbullying and end his reign of terror. This illustrated novel, presented as a kind of a diary and sketch pad all in one, fails to establish any kind of justifiable rationale for its main character's obsession with bullying. While his father is absent and subsequent vague references to him not really caring about Nico are implied, the boy nevertheless seems to come from a stable home with a mother who cares enough to send him to a therapist and a brother who, despite the constant punishment he receives at the hands of his older brother, continues to talk and interact with him. With a slew of underdeveloped supporting characters that are easily forgettable, this title sadly falls short of its intended mark.—Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library --Ryan P. Donovan (Reviewed February 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 2, p104)
  • More unredeemed middle school monkeyshines and satire from the bully's point of view in an occasionally humorous sequel. Niko Kayler, fat, unhappy and addicted to causing pain and suffering wherever he goes, lasts only a day or two in his new Boulder school (the Organic School for Local Children) before he starts looking for a way to bully and not get caught. Refusing to take calming medication given him by his new psychiatrist--"I am not a Scientologist--I'm not necessarily against psychiatric medicine, but why alter what's perfect?"--self-absorbed Niko nevertheless keeps a journal, as prescribed. He barters work at Radio Shack in exchange for cellphones (in a nod to Breaking Bad); he uses them to send terrorizing texts and then, well, as he is Niko, literally burns them. When he bumps up his game to Internet-based anonymous bullying, Niko's shared discovery of techniques becomes a viral video recorded by Alex, his long-suffering sibling--once again heaping humiliation on Niko, hoist by his own petard. Katz's manic narrative voice for Niko is mostly furious, arrogant and, yes, mildly funny, with occasional glimpses of the sad boy beneath it all, while the many line drawings accompanying his journal look authentically adolescent. It's a slog to the dubiously upbeat resolution (Niko realizing where salvation lies on the one hand and vowing a bullying comeback on the other), but that could be because, like Niko, his journal isn't sure just what it wants to be. (Fiction. 12-14)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2012)
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10153429
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Katz, Farley
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schools
  • Diaries
  • Cyberbullying
Target audience
pre adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Cyber bully
Label
Journal of a schoolyard bully : cyberbully, Farley Katz
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000049998042
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780312606589
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Journal of a schoolyard bully : cyberbully, Farley Katz
Publication
Control code
000049998042
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780312606589
Other physical details
ill.

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