"Yolen and Stemple weave a magical coming-of-age story that addresses the themes of bullying, friendship, good versus evil, first crushes, and making good decisions."-Booklist
B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy)by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple
Sammy Greenberg would rather talk back to The Boyz--a gang of bullies at his school--and get his head stuck in the toilet than constantly be afraid. But when his friend Skink gets beaten up so badly that he has to go to the hospital, Sammy thinks he may be in over his head. He decides to build a golem--a mythical protector from Jewish folklore, made of clay and animated by the ineffable name of God. But this monster doesn't just protect him and Skink from The Boyz, he is also a great drummer for their rock-jazz-klezmer fusion band! But golems come with warnings. They will protect you until they don't.
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“It’s funny and scary and thrilling”--Kirkus
"Yolen and Stemple weave a magical coming-of-age story that addresses the themes of bullying, friendship, good versus evil, first crushes, and making good decisions."--Booklist
Meet the Author
Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She has written over 300 books, been given six honorary doctorates in literature, and won numerous awards.
Adam Stemple is an author and professional musician. He and Jane have co-authored several stories together.
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B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple B.U.G. is a wonderful book in so very many ways, including the excellent writing, so smooth and easy to read, the result of careful work by authors Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. (Someday, I’d like insight into how tandem writing is managed. ;-) The story is engaging, and the themes are relevant. The issue of bullying is a serious one, and there are insights into why it happens and how to deal with it, presented without preachiness. The legend of the Golem, still relevant today, was the inspiration for Frankenstein, and has been repeated in literature and movies. Howard Schwartz once loaned me a rare old book on the Golem for a paper on creation mythology in modern literature, so much better to borrow openly, not steal. I was honored by the trust. Klezmer music, so joyful and so heart-breaking. I used to play a college friend’s CD of Gershwin the Klezmer for my high school students, and they loved it. A Klezmer band closed the very first National Storytellers conference I attended, in Providence. Music carries memories and strength. This is the perfect example of a “juvenile fiction” book with relevance and appeal to all age groups, and insights into creativity and friendship that could help “this weary world.”
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B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple Dutton Children's Books, 2013 Realistic Fiction with a splash of Fantasy/Folklore Recommended for grades 4-8 344 pages Sammy is bullied. Badly. The fact that he always has a snarky comment on his lips doesn't sit well with the lead bully, James Lee. After one too many dunks in the toilet, Sammy would do anything to not be James Lee and the Boyz' target. One evening at Hebrew lessons Sammy notices a book on the Rabbi's shelf. The book is about golems. Sammy knows a golem is made of clay and protects the creator. Stealing the book, Sammy decides to make his own golem. The relationships between Sammy and the friends he makes, the golem he creates, and the bullies he fears, feel very natural, despite the fact that one of the above is made from clay. I love the words Sammy uses. As he uses a good word, either spoken or in thought, he often thinks to himself how cool the word is, usually defining it, giving young readers lots of exposure to high level vocabulary throughout the story-and not in a preachy way! I loved this story!