The Call of the Bully (How to Beat the Bully Series)

The Call of the Bully (How to Beat the Bully Series)

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by Scott Starkey
     
 

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Rodney Rathbone is back in this sequel to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying—but will his superstar reputation survive summer camp?

Rodney’s parents surprise him by signing him up for summer camp—pitting Rodney against the toughest kid at camp and an old nemesis out for revenge. Will Rodney get by with a little help from hisSee more details below

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Rodney Rathbone is back in this sequel to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying—but will his superstar reputation survive summer camp?

Rodney’s parents surprise him by signing him up for summer camp—pitting Rodney against the toughest kid at camp and an old nemesis out for revenge. Will Rodney get by with a little help from his friends?

From facing treacherous rapids to leading a nighttime spy mission, Rodney soon finds himself in the unlikely role of camp hero. How long it lasts will depend on whether a former adversary gets her way…

Fun, exciting, and full of surprises, the “fast-moving story lines and larger-than-life characters” will make you “sit up and take notice” (School Library Journal)!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Rodney Rathbone is looking forward to a great summer with his friends. Then his teacher convinces his parents that eight weeks of camp accompanied by Josh, the class bully, would be a major character-building event for everyone. Now, besides missing his girlfriend and feeling betrayed by his parents, Rodney finds himself on a bus to Camp Wy-Mee waiting for the moment when Josh will pounce on him from across the aisle and pummel him once again. But the tables are turning for Josh, with the help of a bus driver who has trouble keeping his vehicle on the road, and soon the class bully is seeing Rodney in a new light. The camp is filled with humorous, yet stereotypical, characters, including camper Todd Vanderdick, who motors around on his Segway, and the wimpy camp director, Mr. Periwinkle, whose wife bullies him and most of the other campers. The cast of characters is unique and when it comes down to saving face in a softball game or saving Camp Wy-Mee, Rodney must join forces with his new friends to save the day. Fast-moving story lines and larger-than-life characters may make reluctant readers sit up and take notice. Imagine movies like The Sandlot and Caddyshack rolled into one literary preteen summer escapade, and kids will be hoping for a quick reunion with the characters of Camp Wy-Mee.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
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Will Camp Wy-Mee get the best of Rodney Rathbone or can he survive bullies in the wild?

Twelve-year-old Rodney survived his first school year in Ohio thanks to luck and bully-avoidance skills (How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying, 2012). His plans for spending the summer with new friends (and girlfriend) are shattered when his parents decide to send him to camp without asking what he wants. (Were they prompted to send him by nefarious forces?) Even worse, school bully Josh Dumbrowski's headed for camp, too. Once there, Rodney finds Josh is small potatoes when it comes to bullying; Todd Vanderdick ... and his snooty friends are ready to make Rodney's summer unbearable. To top it off, Mrs. Periwinkle, the camp owner, and her staff have it in for Rodney from the get-go. Rodney and his quirky cabin mates make the best of strange situations; but when the future of the camp rests on their shoulders, will they be up to the task?

After inadvertently conquering school bully Josh in How to Beat the Bully without Really Trying (2012), Rodney Rathbone should be enjoying a carefree summer before middle school. Instead, Rodney is sent to Camp Wy-Mee along with Josh. But Josh’s bullying is nothing compared to that of the sneaky, conniving fellow camper Todd Vanderdick, whose wealthy father helped renovate the camp’s facilities. As Rodney tries to outwit this latest bully and contend with wacky counselors and their unusual punishments, he still finds time to dream about an emerald-eyed tomboy. More over-the-top humor makes this good summer fare for reluctant readers.

Booklist Online
After inadvertently conquering school bully Josh in How to Beat the Bully without Really Trying (2012), Rodney Rathbone should be enjoying a carefree summer before middle school. Instead, Rodney is sent to Camp Wy-Mee along with Josh. But Josh’s bullying is nothing compared to that of the sneaky, conniving fellow camper Todd Vanderdick, whose wealthy father helped renovate the camp’s facilities. As Rodney tries to outwit this latest bully and contend with wacky counselors and their unusual punishments, he still finds time to dream about an emerald-eyed tomboy. More over-the-top humor makes this good summer fare for reluctant readers.
Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Just when Rodney Rathbone has his summer mapped out with his girlfriend, his parents surprise him. It is off to camp for him. Mrs. Lutzkraut is behind it, and she made extra sure that Josh, his enemy, is on the van to the same camp. Certain that he will be tortured, Rodney wonders whether Josh will at least wait until the end of camp before he does him in. Probably not. Faced with bugs, darkness, new and numerous bullies, and the wrath of Mrs. Periwinkle, Rodney does not think he will make it. He is sure of that when his nemesis shows up—Mrs. Lutzkraut happens to be Mrs. Periwinkle’s sister! Will he survive? Will he become a camp hero? Thanks to some new friends and a surprise character, Rodweena, Rodney’s luck may just hold out. Playing on a twelve-year-old boy’s fantasies—“The teacher hates me for no reason!”—Starkey tells a story about standing up to bullies, attracting young ladies, demonstrating athletic prowess, and saving the day. Silly through and through, middle graders are sure to appreciate the occasional bathroom jokes and names such as “Drownalott River” and “Camp Wy-Mee.” Even the most reluctant of readers will flip the pages quickly; anxious to find out what wickedness awaits Rodney next…and how he will face it. Reviewer: Bonita Herold; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
Will Camp Wy-Mee get the best of Rodney Rathbone, or can he survive bullies in the wild? Twelve-year-old Rodney survived his first school year in Ohio thanks to luck and bully-avoidance skills (How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying, 2012). His plans for spending the summer with new friends (and girlfriend) are shattered when his parents decide to send him to camp without asking what he wants. (Were they prompted to send him by nefarious forces?) Even worse, school bully Josh Dumbrowski's headed for camp, too. Once there, Rodney finds Josh is small potatoes when it comes to bullying; Todd Vanderdick (seriously) and his snooty friends are ready to make Rodney's summer unbearable. To top it off, Mrs. Periwinkle, the camp owner, and her staff have it in for Rodney from the get-go. Rodney and his quirky cabin mates make the best of strange situations; but when the future of the camp rests on their shoulders, will they be up to the task? Starkey's second title featuring unconventional bully-bester Rodney again has a few pop-culture references that will sail over the heads of the target audience. Several characters' obsessive focus on girls further narrows the age range. Rodney's snarky narration can be funny, but his double standard on two-timing (it's okay for boys, not girls) and his judgmental nature (despite protestations to the contrary) make him less than admirable. Standard summer-camp–centric fare: Meatballs with bullies. (Fiction. 11-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442456761
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
How to Beat the Bully Series
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
396,526
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter 1

THE VAN RIDE

Through the van window I watched Mrs. Lutzkraut shake my dad’s hand and give my mom a big hug. Then she turned to wave good-bye to me. On her face was a smile—a perfectly evil grin. I’d never seen her look so happy. My demented former teacher and I shared a secret, you see. I was about to die, and she knew it.

The cause of my inevitable end, Josh, was on the van with me. And as my parents and Mrs. Lutzkraut disappeared in the distance, I shifted my eyes to watch him. He sat across the aisle, glaring out the window. There was one other kid in the back of the van, but he had been asleep when Josh and I climbed on. I doubted he would come to my rescue when Josh attacked.

An old, familiar feeling of terror began to rise from my stomach. There was no doubt in my mind that Josh was about to crush me. I mean, that had been his main goal the entire school year. Now all that separated us was about six feet. I rubbed my sweaty palms on my shorts and stared out the window.

Maybe Josh would wait until we got to summer camp before killing me. That meant I had about two hours left to enjoy life. Only there was nothing to enjoy and nothing happy to think about. I was being shipped off to someplace called Camp Wy-Mee with my worst enemy. For eight weeks!

Oh yes, Mrs. Lutzkraut had a lot to be smiling about this afternoon. She had tricked my parents—and Josh’s parents—into thinking summer camp was the best thing in the world. Josh hadn’t looked too pleased about it either. I shifted in the uncomfortable van seat and let my eyes wander in his direction. Big mistake.

“Forget about me, Rathbone?”

He must have been staring at me the whole time. This was it. I tried to answer but nothing came out.

“Yeah, Rathbone, you ain’t that tough. I could see you were real scared at graduation. I was a fool all year, thinkin’ you were tough. This time nothing’s saving you. Punching you’s gonna be like Christmas morning. Guess that makes me Santa.”

I didn’t understand his logic, but I understood what it meant when his legs shifted into the aisle. I raised my arms in a feeble attempt to block the incoming buffalo stampede.

Vroom! The engine revved and I could feel tires skidding on sand. The van swerved, knocking Josh off-balance. I watched as Santa banged his head on the floor.

“You there!” the driver hollered.

“Me?” I squeaked.

“Yeah, you.” I could see the driver’s grizzled face and dark eyes in the big rearview mirror. “Help that kid up.” Josh was rolling around in the aisle, dazed and holding his head. “Go on, put him in a seat.”

I looked closer at the driver. He wore a ripped tank top and had a big bushy beard. “Do I have to?” I asked.

“Do it!” the driver ordered.

I reached down to grab Josh under the arms just as the driver turned his attention back to the road. The van swerved violently, knocking me off-balance. I landed with a crunch, right on top of Josh.

“No more, no more,” he whimpered. “I’ll behave, Rodney, I promise. Just leave me alone.”

I backed away and watched him climb into his seat, where he curled up into a ball. My jaw hung low, shocked. There was no tougher kid than Josh. He was like twice my size. Thanks to the van driver’s horrible driving, Josh had been knocked down before he could even throw a punch. Maybe my amazing run of luck from the school year wasn’t over. Not just yet, anyway.

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