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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (June 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416939334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416939337
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 59 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 2-4-A fourth grader looks back over his years in school and his early experiences as a "bully magnet." Even as a preschooler, Jake was the perfect victim-medium sized, moderately smart, and not inclined to tattle to the authorities. He relates how, in second grade, he came up against a SuperBully, Link Baxter, who taunted him on the bus, ruined his schoolwork, and generally made his life miserable. When the boys were paired up to do a Thanksgiving project, Jake was forced to do all the research. As it turned out, however, the SuperBully was a talented model maker and sometimes forgot to be mean when he was involved in creative work. Then, moments before their class presentation, Jake discovered that Link was terrified of public speaking. Although briefly tempted to take revenge, he instead agreed to let Link be a silent participant while he gave the oral presentation. While the tone of the book is light and humorous, it is a realistic look at a common problem. There is no instant change of heart, although the two adversaries end with a reluctant respect for one another. More important is the peace theme-Jake recognizes that "behind- [every] bully face, there's another face. A real face." For a slightly younger audience than the author's Frindle (S & S, 1996), this title is a must for character-education and conflict-resolution programs and will have strong appeal to transitional readers.
Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at

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By A Customer on Jan. 9 2003
Format: Paperback
I read Jake Drake bully buster.
It is a great book and if you asked me to give you up to five stars it would be five stars.
I thought that it was a great book and that ages 8 and up would be a great age to be reading this book. The writer of the book made you really get into the book you would not want to stop reading it. I would recommend this book to everyone and I would say if you like Jake Drake bully buster try reading the other books too. The book is about bully's and being mean (which we should not do). One of the charters is Link he was 8 years old and wanted to be the MVP on the bully "all star team" and I think all kid's would say he made the team. Link was a brat to Jake and Jake was sick of being messed around with and just wanted his class to be "bully free" but I guess that couldn't happen.
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By A Customer on May 9 2002
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I liked this book, because I found it to be a good book.. The character Jake had a big problem. When I was reading the book, I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. If I could read anther book by Andrew Clement I would. He is a good a author.
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By A Customer on May 9 2002
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This book is about a boy who is getting picked on a lot, but then he gets picked on by a super bully. He has to get rid of him. How do think he can get rid of him? If you want to find out, then read the book.
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HASH(0xa3192c00) out of 5 stars I would have given this book a zero star rating if allowed July 29 2005
By Janice Frank - Published on
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I am 52 year old grandmother and I purchased this book from another vendor for my granddaughter without reading it first. I remember being bullied all through school. I wish that I had handled the bullying differently than I did. Instead, I handled it pretty much the same way Jake did...not with the same results though. I wish that I HAD told my parents. I wish that I HAD told my teacher. I wish that I HAD trusted someone to help me out. Jake reinforces all of the "old school" stereo types...don't tell, telling will make it worse. Kids should not be afraid to talk to their parents or to their teacher. Kids should not be told that "tattleing" is wrong. The person bullying, for WHATEVER reason, is WRONG. Kids, ask for help! Parents, help your kids. I usually donate used books to my local library. This book will be thrown in the trash.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a0024) out of 5 stars a useless book Jan. 18 2013
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I am 9 years old. My teacher read JAKE DRAKE BULLY BUSTER to our class. It's just wrong. I have been bullied and I learned that being nice, not fighting back, and not telling doesn't help. The author should experience being bullied before writing a book about it. I would give it 0 stars if I could.

Best regards,George.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a0288) out of 5 stars OK, but outdated Jan. 7 2014
By Y. Wilbur - Published on
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I guess I'm too sensitive as a parent to care for this book. Not sure if will give to my son to read. My son has missing limbs and is asked some pretty harsh (but often innocent, not bullying questions: like seriously once asked when he was 6 if 'when you were born did your mom want to just throw you in the trash'...he is missing a hand not like severe disability). Anyway, it irked me that bully buster meant, being nice and understanding to the bully, not telling adult, and miraculously the bully is nicer to you. My kid doesn't really get bullied but still I just thought why let him read this: it flies in face of everything you try to teach your child about dealing with bullies.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a00d8) out of 5 stars GREAT MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN Oct. 9 2012
By lovingmomof3 - Published on
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I actually purchased this book because my 8 year old daughter was reading it for school and she accidently forgot to bring her book home, so instead of not completing her assignment I purchased it from Amazon. I did enjoy reading this book with my daughter as I felt it had a very good message about bullying which is a highly discussed topic nowadays. My daughter thought it was funny and I think she came out of reading this book with the knowledge that bullies are regular people too and they aren't always as tough as they seem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3192bc4) out of 5 stars Love this author May 30 2013
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These books are great pleasure reads for 2nd and 3rd graders. They teach a lesson and are entertaining. Also great for read alouds with the kids. Kids also really liked the school story.