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Myers, Laurie
New York : Clarion Books, 2000
IL 3-6  RL 3.5
ISBN  0395980313
Alex believes his days are numbered after getting caught doing a rude imitation of Brick Johnson, the biggest and meanest kid in the fifth grade.  Alex goes to great plains to avoid Brick, rearranging his paths between classes anything not to be near him.  When his fear takes over, Alex enrolls in a karate class, hoping to learn to fight if he has to.  He has no use for the instructor's talk about respect, he wants to learn the kicks.  Alex's greatest fear is realized when Brick becomes his sparing partner.  You could knock Alex over with a feather when Brick bows to him from across the mat.  What's going on here?  Could Alex's little brother Bob be right?  Is there more to Brick Johnson than meets the eye?  This is a sure fire hit with school kids everywhere who could identify with the bully or the bullied.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.


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