SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Eric Kahn Gale will discuss his novel "The Bully Book" and his personal experiences with bullying at 7 p.m., Oct. 7, at the Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road.
He also will answer questions on the subject. While this is a topic of concern to many, the program is geared particularly to fifth- and sixth-grade students and their parents.
The book tells the story of sixth-grader Eric Haskins. It’s a compelling account of middle-school bullying, featuring perspectives from both the top and bottom of the schoolyard food chain, as Eric discovers that he is The Grunt – the person whom the mysterious “Bully Book” instructs must be singled out as an absolute target in order for other students to rise in the social order.
The novel reads like a textbook, describing how bullies can maintain a position of power. When other students start to calculatedly torture Eric, he begins to discover the existence of the bullying manual and his position as The Grunt, and he sets out to uncover the origins of the “Bully Book” and challenge it.