Jake Drake, Bully Buster

Jake Drake, Bully Buster

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by Andrew Clements, Amanda Harvey

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Meet Jake Drake.

He's not the toughest kid in fourth grade or the fastest kid or the funniest. But he's got ideas — big ideas, and boy, does he have stories to tell about what really goes on in school. Like bullies, for instance. Jake wants to know "if everybody who works at school is so smart, how come they can't get

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Meet Jake Drake.

He's not the toughest kid in fourth grade or the fastest kid or the funniest. But he's got ideas — big ideas, and boy, does he have stories to tell about what really goes on in school. Like bullies, for instance. Jake wants to know "if everybody who works at school is so smart, how come they can't get rid of the bullies?...Because every year, it's the same thing. Bullies."

So it's up to Jake Drake to take matters into his own hands when Link Baxter, SuperBully, moves into the neighborhood. Link's reign of terror must be stopped...if only Jake can figure out how.

In this new series by the bestselling author of Frindle, The Landry News, and The Janitor's Boy, Jake Drake confronts the problems of school life and finds some surprising solutions!

Editorial Reviews

Fourth-grader Jake Drake feels as if he has spent most of his life being victimized by Link Baxter. Of course, that's not exactly true, but mild-mannered Jake has received more than his fair share of abuse from the classmate nicknamed SuperBully. Then, as if to add insult to injury, Jake discovers that he's been paired with Link on a Thanksgiving school project. While they're engaged in this creative task, the two of them discover a bond of mutual respect. A humorous take on an all-too-common problem.
Children's Literature
Jake Drake was bully bait from preschool right through second grade. Like a magnet he attracted Destructo who tore up his projects in preschool, King Bump who seized every bumpable moment in kindergarten, and The Fist who smashed Jake's lunch every day in first grade. Jake relaxed in the best class in second grade ... until the Super Bully showed up. Life was miserable and got worse when Super Bully Link and Jake were assigned to a project together. Jake's little sister clues him in that acting mad invites meanness. Jake uses his brain to tackle the bully problem and discovers behind Link's bully face another face, and a nicer person. This realistic chapter book, first in a series, will attract young readers with its engaging character and real-life situations. The teacher's edition comes with a guide for classroom discussions and a selection of activities and projects. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division,
— Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A fourth grader looks back over his years in school and his early experiences as a "bully magnet." Even as a preschooler, Jake was the perfect victim-medium sized, moderately smart, and not inclined to tattle to the authorities. He relates how, in second grade, he came up against a SuperBully, Link Baxter, who taunted him on the bus, ruined his schoolwork, and generally made his life miserable. When the boys were paired up to do a Thanksgiving project, Jake was forced to do all the research. As it turned out, however, the SuperBully was a talented model maker and sometimes forgot to be mean when he was involved in creative work. Then, moments before their class presentation, Jake discovered that Link was terrified of public speaking. Although briefly tempted to take revenge, he instead agreed to let Link be a silent participant while he gave the oral presentation. While the tone of the book is light and humorous, it is a realistic look at a common problem. There is no instant change of heart, although the two adversaries end with a reluctant respect for one another. More important is the peace theme-Jake recognizes that "behind- [every] bully face, there's another face. A real face." For a slightly younger audience than the author's Frindle (S & S, 1996), this title is a must for character-education and conflict-resolution programs and will have strong appeal to transitional readers.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Jake Drake Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

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Jake Drake, Bully Buster 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good for kids 7 to 12 years old... i know because im 11!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think you should read this book and you will love it too.Jake is the right size for a bully.At least that's what he thinks!This is my favorite book I've read so far!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake had alot of bullyies in his day, but his worst was in 2nd grade. His name was Link. Later in the school year Jake and Link had a project to do together. Jake did the research and Link made the project. I would tell my friends about this book because I think it is 5 stars. I knew somebody who had a bully problem like Jake's. I know this because she was my best friend. Thats how I can relate to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Drake is in 4th grade.He is a bully magnet.In preschool there was a bully called Nose Boy.He took Jake's cookies.In 1st grade there was a bully.In 2nd grade there was no bully,but then a boy came in.His name was Link.Link started getting Jake in trouble. I liked this book because it was interesting. At first I thought it would not be good, but then I started reading it and it really was good. It was cool that Jake was a bully buster. I would recommend this book to most kids who like to see creativity and excitement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake drake buster is about a boy who was bullyied by a boy named Link. Jake and Link were in the same class. When I read this book I wanted somebody to stand up to Link. Link should stop being a bully. Jake should stand up to the bully'S. I like the book because it tell's you what to do with a bully. Nobody should be bully. I also like the because it tell's you characteristics of a bully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EWW!!!! moan, that is like, WAY inaproprite. Go get a life! Oh, and by the way.... THIS IS A KIDS BOOK MORON!! WHAT IF A LITTLE KID READ THAT???? I DONT KNOW HOW OLD YOU ARE, BUT WOW?. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?? IF YOU DID, OF COURSE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go put crap like that on stupid books like twilight, not achildrens book you sluty prostitute!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jake has a superbully to wory about.....******!!!!!!! It is a grate book.!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent messages for my kids. Worthwhile checking out this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its was a good book it was very short though. i wish it was longer
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 9. What age is this for? Should I read it? Can someone tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!