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Children's Fiction Bullying

Jelly Roll

by (author) Mere Joyce

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Bullying, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


When Jenny and Austin end up at a March Break leadership camp together, Jenny thinks her week will be miserable.

At school, Jenny Royce is bullied by Grade A Jerk Austin Parks. And now, not only is her tormentor spending March Break at the same retreat, she and Austin are grouped together for the camp’s main assignment! They have to run a stall at a local farmer’s market. The market could be a lot of fun. But when Jenny learns that Austin wants their group’s project to fail, she has to decide if she can risk standing up to him.

About the author


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“This novel is about more than simply bullies and being bullied. It is also about friendship and family…A good read with a happy ending.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Joyce deftly endows each character with a rich inner life...Struggling readers can easily access the mindful, satisfying tale. A sweet success.”

Kirkus Reviews

“These quality, relatable novels are ideal for students at the middle school level who benefit from ultra-readable formats.”

School Library Journal

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