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Lekich, John. The Losers' Club.

Annick Press, dist. by Firefly. 247p. c2002. 1-55037-752-3. $7.95. J

Every kid who has been picked on by a bully should read this. Alex and his friends learn to cope with a bully who is polite and considerate in front of adults, but shows his true colors when they are gone. The Losers' Club is formed on a whim one day as Alex and his two best friends sit around complaining about the treatment they receive at the hands of Jerry and his cronies. When a Christmas lighting contest is announced, Alex accepts a challenge from jerry to compete if Jerry will leave the "losers" alone if they win the contest. Alliances are formed and changed as the competition gets closer. Coping and learning to trust yourself are two themes in this book. It's a case of good winning out over evil, in the realm of reality rather than fantasy. Adults, especially parents, are not portrayed very positively at all, which should help with the appeal to students. Alex and his friends are independent, out of necessity rather than choice: Alex's dad has left town to escape a threatening man; Manny's morn is a drunk; and Winston's parents live most of the year in Hong Kong. Stacey Conrad, M.S. Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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