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Lara, who is very overweight, joins Mrs. Smith's fourth-grade English class in the middle of the year, and from the moment she walks in the door, she is bullied and mocked by her fellow students. The story culminates in a powerful scene that takes place at the end of the school play.
Readers will feel the pain, forgiveness, repentance, and consequences that occur throughout the story as students and teachers experience the worst and best in each other. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. Hardcover edition.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)|
But the story is about ten-year-old Laney Grafton and the new girl in her classLara Phelps, whom everyone bullies from the minute she shows up. Laney is just relieved to have someone else as a target of bullying. But instead of acting the way a bullied kid normally acts, this new girl returns kindness for a meanness that intensifies . . . until nobody remains unchanged, not even the reader.
In a unique and multi-layered story, with equal parts humor and angst, Laney communicates the art of storytelling as it happens, with chapter headings, such as: Character, Setting, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax. And she weaves an unforgettable tale of a new girl who transforms an entire class and, in the process, reveals the best and worst in all of us.
This is a powerful and emotional story, which School Library Journal called Thoroughly enjoyable and unexpectedly wry, . . . as intelligent as it is succinct.
Faith WarriorNew HampshireAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Larger-Than-Life Lara by Dandi Daley MackallDecember 8, 2016Faith WarriorNew HampshireAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Larger-Than-Life Lara is a juvenile fictional book, suggested for readers 9-12 years of age. Larger-Than-Life Lara brings awareness to bullying and how those who bully can be changed, even without their own knowledge. At the same time, Larger-Than-Life Lara provides the reader with the different parts of a story and the story itself supplies the examples to further demonstrate those parts of a story.
I really liked the idea of each chapter within the story being about a different area which is used to tell and complete a story; the character, the beginning, a frozen moment, the villain, the setting, dialogue between characters, and many other parts of a story. Another thing that touched me was the way, the one who was bullied, reacted to the bullying. The reaction from one person can change the actions of another.
I recommend Larger-Than-Life Lara.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lara Teaches Life LessonsDecember 4, 2016SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Larger-Than-Life Lara, Dandi Daley Mackall approaches a difficult subject, one that is a life lesson every child should be taught at a young age, with grace, care and a pinch of humor. A book that should be required reading in every school class room, Lara handles herself well in every situationwell, almost every one.
Whats even more cool about this book is it not only deals with the topic of bullying but it also teaches readers the different parts of telling a story as each chapter deals with one of these elements (Dialogue, Setting, Rising Action, Details, Cliff-Hangers, and Climax are all addressed).
Ten-year-old Laney Grafton is a tad relieved when the new girl enters her classroom because everyones mean words and teasing shifts away from her and onto Lara Phelps. But heres the thing about Lara: she doesnt react like she should. Nope. Instead, Lara accepts the bullying and returns each action with a kindness. And while the storyteller (Laney) doesnt intervene, she does begin to change. As will every reader of this book.
As a reader, I felt Laneys hardships as well as Laras as I was taken along for the ride through the eyes of a fourth-grade girl shares a story through her eyes. The author portrays this excellently through the writing of the story. I was there in that class room with Laney and as she shares this impactful time in her life all the while commenting on whats shes learned about telling a story. And the results are sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-breaking, but always memorable.
If you have young children who are being bullied or if you know young children you want to encourage to help a friend who is being bullied or if you want to share how one person can make a difference, then Large-Than-Life Lara is a way in which to do it impactfully.
****I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Larger Than Life Lara ~November 26, 2016debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a young adult book, however it is a great read for all ages. It is a short, fast and fantastic story about Laney (the story teller) and the new student Lara. It is about bullying and has a twist on the way the situation is handled. This book will not have the ending that you will be able to predict. It is a great book that keeps your attention from the begining to the end, very heartfelt and emotionally touching. After reading this book you will keep thinking of the story and the ending.
I would recommend this book everyone, it is a great teaching/learning story about bullying and true friendship. It is a very touching story that tugs at your heart from the beginning to the end. Buy this book......
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
comfyreading5 Stars Out Of 5What a wonderful messageNovember 7, 2016comfyreadingQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fourth grade is hard, but its especially hard when you are totally different than the kids in your class. Lara is different because shes fat, really fat, and when she walks into Laneys classroom, everyone can tell that Lara is going to be a big deal, and maybe not in the best way. Larger-Than-Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall is a middle grade or young readers book about what it means to be different, and accepting of others.
The first thing that the kids in Laras new class notice is that Lara doesnt shy away, like a fat kid should shes boisterous, and she puts herself out there, shes confident and ready to take a part in the classroom play. Her demeanor changes when some kids in the class decide its okay to knock Lara down a few pegs and start to bully her, because of her weight.
Through the eyes of Laney, we get to see how bullying can create such turmoil in young people, and we can see how the light in someones eyes can go out because of the cruelty of others. This was the perfect book for a young person to read, especially one that is being bullied, is a bully, or even sees bullying in their every day life. Using the mind of a child, this book shows us that during a time when there are real issues going on like bullying, we can change ourselves and others to make them see what they are really doing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will pass it along to my step-son in order to carry on the feeling that bullying is never tolerated and should not be a part of his life. I hope that parents and children, even teachers and principals alike, will read this book and share the message with their friends, family, and classmates. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, it was raw, real and even though I cringed through it, it put me in a better place than I was in before I read this book. I received this book from Tindale Blog Network.