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by Ann Neville

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

Thirteen year old Tom wants to audition for the school musical Batjack but he has a problem …

A Big One

Dylan, the school bully, and Tom’s arch enemy wants the same part.

When Tom is cast as the main character and Dylan is his understudy the battle begins – fights, verbal abuse, vandalism, theft … You name it, it happens.

How will Tom and his friends deal with the bullying? What is Dylan’s secret? Can they reach a compromise and manage to co-habit on the same planet let alone the same stage?

Comprehensive Teachers’ Resource Kit available which covers Levels 3 and 4 of The New Zealand Curriculum in the areas of Oral Language, Reading, Written Language, Visual language, Health, social Studies, Art and Technology. Free download from Teachers Resources – also available to parents

Reviews for Batjack

  1. Maria Gill, KidsBooksNZ
    5 out of 5


    Batjack is a much needed story that would make a wonderful read aloud in class. After each chapter the students could talk about the issues that have been brought up and also role play or problem solve how they would get out of situations. I think Ann has taken the issue of bullying one step further than most books too. She has addressed the problem that a bully might have and looked at how victims can be more confident and therefore not look like victims or easy targets.
    If I was still teaching I would encourage the students to turn the problem solving techniques into posters. I suggest that schools perhaps invite a self defence instructor to teach a few sessions. At the moment, schools seem to deal with the problems rather than search for solutions. This book will be a great addition to middle, senior Primary and Intermediate schools libraries (even years 9 and 10 where bullying is often rife) plus I’d recommend schools purchase it as a resource for their Health curriculum. There is also a free downloadable teaching resource to go with Batjack
    Ann also has three small books – How to Stop being Bullied—A Kids’ Guide, How to Bully-Proof Your Child—A Parents’ Guide and R.I.P. Cyberbullying – as a follow up to the book.

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