Title: Blubber
Author: Judy Blume
Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: 2004
Genre: Fiction, School
Audience: Gr. 3, 4, 5, 6

Overview: A descriptive tale about the realities of childhood bullies. Everyone in her fifth grade class calls Linda Fischer “Blubber” because she is overweight. They tease and mock her everyday at school. One day, main character, Jill decides to stand up to the head bully, Wendy. This turns out bad and she gets bullied just as much as Linda. Will Jill overcome the teasing and learn from the experience?

Activity: Everyone gets teased. Have the students remember a time in their life when they were bullied. They can write a sentence or two about how it made them feel and why they would not want to treat others that way. Then sit in a circle and have a discussion on the issues with bullying.

Reviewer’s Name: Megan Wise