Bystander by James Preller

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Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you’re new in town, it’s hard to know who to hang out with—and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular. 

But something isn't right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things. And if Griffin doesn't like you, you'd better watch your back. There might be a target on it. 

As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin’s dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: he’s a liar, a bully, a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander . . . to the bully’s next victim. 


About James Preller

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James Preller is the author of SIX INNINGS, BYSTANDER, and the Jigsaw Jones series. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three kids, two cats, and a golden Labradoodle named Daisy. You can visit him on the Web at Bruno is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy. You can visit him at
Published September 29, 2009 by Feiwel & Friends. 238 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Bullying is a topic that never lacks for interest, and here Preller concentrates on the kids who try to ignore or accommodate a bully to keep themselves safe.

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