272 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.8 in
January 1, 2013
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 144248473X
ISBN - 13: 9781442484733
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 NOWHERE TO HIDE “So what’ll it be, a black eye or a bloody nose?” “What’s the third choice?” I asked. He looked confused. “Enough talking. Ready to die, new kid?” Ah, the first day of school! New notebooks, a new backpack, meeting new people, getting beat up by a bully. Actually, Josh wasn’t just any bully. He was THE bully at Baber Intermediate. Looking back on it now, I can’t believe I made it through that first day. Heck, I can’t believe I survived all the way to graduation. It’s a pretty amazing story to tell. Adults will probably say I’m exaggerating, but I don’t blame them. Even I have a hard time believing what happened to me this year! I remember exactly how I felt that first morning before school. My father was sitting to my left at the breakfast table. He was in the middle of buttering some toast when he turned to me and asked, “Rodney, what could be better than being a new kid in a new school in a new state? This must be your lucky day!” It’s hard to imagine, but he really believed the nonsense that came out of his mouth. He sat there at the breakfast table grinning from ear to ear. “Can’t you just feel the excitement?” All I could feel was my stomach twisting into a tight knot. Today was going to be the worst day ever—and I didn’t even know yet about Josh, the lunchtime fight, the broken nose, and everything else waiting for me at school. My little sister, Penny, shouted, “Rodney’s turning green!” Panic flashed across my dad’s face. “I can’t be late
From the Publisher
When luck gives a new kid a false reputation as a tough guy, can he find the strength to live up to his image?
Rodney Rathbone is a self-admitted coward. Things scare him, and he can’t help it. So naturally he’s terrified when he moves to a new town and the bully is ready to pounce. But just as Rodney is about to flee, a baseball flies in from out of nowhere and knocks out the bully. Now everyone thinks Rodney’s invincible—when really he feels just the opposite. Can he figure out how to live up to his new reputation and make friends along the way?
Told with warmth and heart, this debut novel from a middle-school teacher will speak to the hidden insecurities—and strengths—of every middle-grade reader.
About the Author
Scott Starkey is an elementary teacher, soccer coach, and father of three children. He lives with his family in Long Island. How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying is his first novel.
"Kids will cheer for the appealing underdog and enjoy his success while they identify with his frequent feelings of anxiety and dread. Just as it seems that all is well and Rodney is safe, the book ends with a twist, indicating a possible sequel. Fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series (Abrams) will enjoy this novel."–Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
--School Library Journal
, April 2012