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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite
Set in Sylvania, Georgia, Nicholas Sampson’s Melissa Douglas and the No Bullies Allowed Club tells readers how Melissa Douglas learned to stand up for herself and others who were being bullied in middle school. Melissa is introduced as someone who is used to being laughed at due to the calamities that she seems to attract daily. After being knocked out by a ball thrown at her in jest during a school dodgeball game, she returned to school the next day determined that she was not going to put up with bullies any longer. How she learned to defend herself and others and to plan how they could jointly resist bullying makes for entertaining and constructive reading.
Melissa Douglas and the No Bullies Allowed Club by Nicholas Sampson provides valuable insights into how to deal with bullies. The story is written with humor and is well-illustrated with full-color drawings, making the book a pleasure to read. The pace of the story is spirited and exciting, with a focus on the interaction between the main characters. The relationships between the coaches, teachers, students, and principal at King Middle School and the students are vibrantly and evocatively described. Effective use is made of direct speech throughout, and the fluency and flow of the writing make the text highly readable and accessible, especially for the middle school level. This is a fun book and would make a worthwhile addition to any middle school resource center.