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Children's Fiction Bullying

Lilly Traps the Bullies

by (author) Brenda Bellingham

illustrated by Clarke MacDonald

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
Bullying, Peer Pressure, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings, Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


Lilly and Theresa run into bullies at the pool, Spider and Bugsy, who tease Theresa but take an interest in Lilly. Lilly faces tough decisions about being a good friend versus trying to fit in. Brenda Bellinghams story emphasizes the importance of problem-solving and teamwork in standing up to bullying.

About the authors


Brenda Bellingham
a été travailleuse sociale, enseignante et maman avant de se consacrer à
son métier d'auteure à plein temps. Brenda a écrit de nombreux livres pour
enfants dont Les dragons ne lisent pas de livres, avec Paul et
Lili, Storm Child, et sept livres dans la série Lilly.
Elle vit à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique.


Brenda Bellingham is a mother and former school teacher who rediscovered writing in her late forties. Her numerous children's books include Storm Child, a Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection, and several titles in the Lilly series. Brenda lives in Victoria, B.C.

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CLARKE MACDONALD is an illustrator and graphic designer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

"Organized into short chapters Lilly Traps the Bullies is an excellent introduction for children beginning to reader longer novels. Choice of font size is appropriate and having illustrations every few pages will also help the child to have some visual clues as well as graphic details of story concepts." Rated G - Good, even great at times, generally useful!

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"This is a good length for a beginning chapter book. It is short enough that it won't overwhelm readers making the transition from picture books into the longer format of chapter books. Other good points are that Lilly's friends include both boys and girls and there is a good mix of families (single-parent, two parents, a family with a grandmother living with the younger generations)."

Suzanne Costner, elementary school library media specialist

"It's nice to read a book like this wherein the bullies get what's coming to them, but in a humorous instead of dramatic way. . . Overall, it's a pretty quick chapter read and would be good reading for young elementary school kids."

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