Charming on the outside but mean on the inside, Griffin leads a group of seventh-graders who befriend Eric, the new kid in town. It doesn’t take Eric long to see that Griffin is a bully, and Eric struggles to figure out whether he should play it safe or do the right thing and stand up to Griffin.

Look for Bystander in our display of books that deal with bullying, differences, and acceptance, including The Girls, Carlos Is Gonna Get It, and The Revealers.

Readers who like Bystander may also want to check out another of James Preller’s novels, Six Innings, which takes place during a single Little League championship game.

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