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Call Me Yubbie

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"An inspiring tale that moves you through tears to cheers . . . and then to action." A young adult novel suitable for 5th to 8th grade readers, Call Me Yubbie is the coming-of-age story of Yubbie, a lonesome boy who doesn't quite fit in with his dysfunctional family and who is bullied by the older kids. Joe's parents don't seem interested in anything he does or says, his father's explosions terrify him, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and his younger brother lives to taunt him. In between, he can't seem to get a handle on school,
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Overview

"An inspiring tale that moves you through tears to cheers . . . and then to action." A young adult novel suitable for 5th to 8th grade readers, Call Me Yubbie is the coming-of-age story of Yubbie, a lonesome boy who doesn't quite fit in with his dysfunctional family and who is bullied by the older kids. Joe's parents don't seem interested in anything he does or says, his father's explosions terrify him, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and his younger brother lives to taunt him. In between, he can't seem to get a handle on school, is terrible at sports, and is mercilessly taunted by bullies who nickname him Yubbie. To get a handle on it all, he channels his emotions into his journal, alternately fanaticizing about excelling at something and getting even with the people who abuse him, until he meets Max. A coming of age story that explores how bullying impacts the victim, the onlookers, and even the bully himself, Call Me Yubbie is a powerful look at one boy's journey from self-conscious victim to self-confident young man.
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Gr 5–8—Wojcik tells of a kid who is bullied by parents, schoolmates, and a brother. Joey's a fifth grader at the beginning of the story and in high school at the end of what are supposedly journal entries. Each entry recounts the humiliations and pains of the day followed by a drift into fantasy when Joey imagines adulation from the entire world in a major triumph over whomever has been the biggest enemy of the day. The disconnected parents seem entirely removed from their children's lives, with Dad focused on using the strap to punish as he was punished. The anger is palpable, and younger brother Trevor has a particular knack for making Joey miserable by focusing on his clumsiness and weight problem. Toward the end, a supportive adult comes into Joey's life and there is a complete turnaround, albeit accomplished in small gradual steps. This is tedious bibliotherapy with didactic intent clear on every page. Few readers will tolerate the repetition and suffering that appear on page after page.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982451908
  • Publisher: Apex Performance
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 204
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    "Call Me Yubbie" is a must read for all students and parents as well as educators alike!

    Joe Wojcik's story is captivating and heartfelt throughout his book. It is guaranteed to move and inspire any reader, to be a better person and advocate for the "silent" child. Joe was able to share his story in a way that allows the reader to feel no matter how bad things are good can and will come of it. Joe has given the reader a gift, which is to understand hardship and how you can turn it outward to help others. This country needs more Joe Wojciks to inspire and guide the youth of America on the right path.

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