The Bully Brigade

Headmaster Bully

Children - Grade 4th-6th
188 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2019
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully by Tamala Floyd is a fun romp with the gang from Misfit Elementary School. When principal Strongarm is replaced by a new principal, Ms. Turnbull, things are set for a rapid change of pace. The new principal is determined to stamp her authority and power on the school and all activities that the pupils had so long taken for granted were soon going to be challenged and changed. But it is not only the pupils who will suffer under the tyrannical rule of the new principal – even the teachers are in for a rude shock and awakening. For the gang, Petey, Charlie, Diego and the rest of the kids, known as the Bully Brigade, there is only one answer. Bullies must be dealt with and taught a lesson, even if they are the principal. The young people of Misfit Elementary rally behind their favorite teacher who seems to be the main target of Principal Turnbull’s wrath, Ms. Funkbury, and come up with a plan to dethrone the bully principal once and for all.

This book is targeted at Grade 4-6 children and certainly reaches that target audience. The story is fast-moving and the language is appropriate for the audience’s age-group. Author Tamala Floyd has an excellent series of stories revolving around the young people that make up the Bully Brigade and although I haven’t read the previous books in the series, it was not necessary to enjoy this iteration of their adventures. I particularly enjoyed the children’s preparedness to stand their ground when confronted by unfair or inappropriate tactics and punishment from the new principal. The children certainly are not “little angels” by any stretch of the imagination but they are able to differentiate what is acceptable behavior (even from an adult) and what is not. I particularly enjoyed the obvious loving relationship between the children and their teachers (especially Ms. Funkbury) and the willingness and enjoyment they clearly received from their schooling, prior to the arrival of the terrible Turnbull. Without a doubt, the message came through loud and clear – Bullying is NEVER okay, even when it comes from someone in authority and it should always be challenged, regardless of who is doing it. An excellent read with a compelling message.

K.C. Finn

The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully is a work of fiction written for children in grades four to six, and was penned by author T. T. Floyd. Focusing on the specific social issue of bullying in schools, this colorful and meaningful novel follows on from the previous Bully Brigade story about Cokey Michaels. In this new tale, the Brigade realizes that bullies do not always come in the stereotypical format that they have known before, and in fact, their new quarry is actually the adult Headmaster of the school, Principal Turnbull. What follows is a fun and innovative look at how bullying comes in different ways, and how everyone, no matter their age or situation, needs to take a stand against it.

In a world where so many children are let down by misplaced trust in adults, this revelation-making story really opens their eyes to the effects of bullying at all ages and all levels of the school system. Author T. T. Floyd has a really good handle on how to deliver an accessible and enjoyable adventure story for kids, but also get a really well-balanced handle on the social issues which underpin the driving action of the story. The cast of characters is well-drawn, especially the Principal and the staff who are affected by workplace bullying, and there are a lot of poignant lines amid the casual dialogue which I’m sure will stick with readers long after they finish the book. Overall, The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully is a highly recommended educational and entertaining work.

Rabia Tanveer

The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully by Tamala Floyd is the story of a group trying to fight off bullies, one bully at a time, but when the bully is an adult, what can children do? The Bully Brigade was high on their last win. They saved Cokey Michaels and they enjoyed easy days at Misfit Elementary where everyone was happy and supporting each other. However, their happy days at the school are limited as the new principal is not the best person. Principal Turnbull is not only bullying the students but also the staff of the school. Everyone is miserable and everyone is trying their best to stay out of Turnbull’s way. The chaos the new principal is creating is making it hard for everyone to enjoy their school life. Now it is up to the Bully Brigade to stop Turnbull and bring peace back to Misfit Elementary. But when the bully is someone who holds all the power in the school, can they do anything about it?

This book has such a powerful message of standing up for yourself and your friends. Everyone needs to be treated with respect and love, and I believe this book is a great way to instill these values in young children. The author is not asking children to misbehave or be rude to their elders; in fact, the author is trying to give children the best education. The author teaches children to love and appreciate everyone and if someone isn’t treating someone else right, they should stand up for them. The flow of the story is great; the author allows readers to get invested at their own pace and in their own time. The characters are believable and their actions are encouraging. This is a brilliant book for children, one that will help them find a hero inside themselves.

Taylor

this book is so awsome i learned so many things i loved it so good T.T.Floyd should be rewared for this book it is my fave