3 Stars - Read May 15, 2013
Eric Haskins is a typical average kid until he begins his 6th grade year. The resident bully has turned the entire class against him and somehow he has become "The Grunt". Eric discovers the selection process of choosing the 6th grade grunt stems from a mysterious Bully Book that also teaches one kid how to rule the school. Eric is desperate to figure out why he was chosen and change his path so he doesn't end up the Grunt for the remainder of his school days.
I'm tough when it comes to rating YA books. Basically I want them to truly be written for the enjoyment of adults and just hidden on the shelves of the children's section at the library so they are always available when I want to check them out. This one really is for the younger set. I enjoyed Gale's style of bouncing back and forth from journal entries to segments from The Bully Book and the "mystery" aspect of who originally wrote The Book and how they picked The Grunt helped keep my interest. It also gets wrapped up in a nice little package at the end with some good advice for the adolescent reader.