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The Bailey Game [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Celia Rees
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April 22 2002

Even if she doesn’t believe in the ghost of Michael Bailey, Alex Lewis is still haunted by the memory of the terrifying incident that took place two years ago, and by the fact that she too played the vicious game which led to it - the Bailey Game.

And all it takes for the game to start again is the arrival of a new girl, Lauren Price, who doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the class. Alex is suddenly confronted with some difficult decisions, but ultimately her friendship with Lauren and her memory of the unstoppable Bailey Game demand that this time she opts out of the game and faces the perils of being on the outside...

‘A very exciting and disturbing tale which will hold the reader’s interest right to the end. I highly recommend THE BAILEY GAME’ Michele Elliot, KIDSCAPE


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Grade 6-9-Celia Rees' novel (1994) preceded the wave of young adult fiction thematizing bullies, a literary outgrowth of our recent cultural experiences with young teens striking back violently after suffering through middle school ostracism and goading. As read by Kim Hicks, The Bailey Game provides all the feelings of present dread, self-loathing about the past, anxiety about new friendship, and determination to do the right thing that Rees inculcated in her main character, 7th year student Alexandra Lewis. With the memory fresh in her conscience of how former classmate Michael Bailey was singled out for psychological torture, Alex notices that the new girl, Lauren, has been targeted. Lauren, however, has a lot of attitude of her own, sometimes too much to allow Alex to enter her independent circle as a potential friend. The cruelties visited upon these middle grade teens by their classmates are both dreadful and realistic, and range from verbal taunts to physical threats and blows. Hicks keeps the pace lively, with just enough voicing to give body to the various characters, who include Lauren's oddly confident younger sister, Alex's irritating older one, their mothers, and the nasty (and nice) cast of classmates. The light British accent suits the setting and doesn't impede American comprehension of either details or moods. That the situation is perhaps universal is distressing, but this book brings home the fact that the United States is not the only place where the schoolyard can be out of control.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A very exciting and disturbing tale which will hold the reader's interest right to the end. I highly recommend The Bailey Game.' Michele Elliot, KIDSCAPE

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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy who nobody knew April 22 2004
By Lucy
Format:Paperback
A game. it started as a game. When a boy with the surname 'Bailey' arrived, he was different. A class of children picked up on this, and so was born, the Bailey game. A game of predudice. This game almost meant the end to the boys life. When he moved on, all settled.
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...a new girl starts. Now, History is repeating itself, and it is up to one girl to save her new friend from the terrible fate of Robert Bailey, as a whole class of children, powered by predudice start the game again...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy who nobody knew April 22 2004
By Lucy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A game. it started as a game. When a boy with the surname 'Bailey' arrived, he was different. A class of children picked up on this, and so was born, the Bailey game. A game of predudice. This game almost meant the end to the boys life. When he moved on, all settled.
Until...
...a new girl starts. Now, History is repeating itself, and it is up to one girl to save her new friend from the terrible fate of Robert Bailey, as a whole class of children, powered by predudice start the game again...
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bailey Game - Review Dec 6 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Plot: It is about a boy named Michael Bailey who has a lot of trouble at school and then he is never seen again. But then a new girl arrives and the bullying starts again. Does it get out of hand like it did the last time or will it stop before it gets really serious? Somebody really needs to do something about it, but can they?

Highlights: My favourite character is Alex becuase she is kind to the new girl and really sticks up for her.

Jasmine, Year 7, Wallingford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bailey Game - Review Dec 6 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Plot: Michael Bailey suffered harsh bullying but that was one year ago and someone new is in town!

Setting: This is set in a primary school.

Hightlight: This book is brilliant how the author sets the mysterious feeling of what happened to Michael Bailey and how she puts you right in the middle of the situation.

Weaknesses: This book is great! But it takes a long time until you can find out the mystery.

It is fantastic when you find out the end, so I recommend this book to someone who likes Scooby Doo or Inspector Morse.

Kit, Year 7, Wallingford
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bailey Game - Review Dec 6 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Plot: It's about a boy who gets bullied terribly by the Bridge Boys. That was a long time ago though. A new girl comes from Australia. She finds it hard to settle in. Will Alex help her?

Highlights: Alex is my favourite character because she is kind and friendly. My favourite part of the book is when we find out what happens to Bailey.

Weaknesses: I think the ending could be stronger.

This book is aimed at about 10-13 year olds and I think the book is fantastic!

Amber, Year 7, Wallingford
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