Illustrations by Scott Pearson
Thirteen year old Tom wants to audition for the school musical BATJACK, but he has a problem. A BIG ONE. Dylan, a bully and Tom’s his arch enemy. “You’ll pay for this,” swears Dylan when Tom is cast as Batjack and Dylan as his understudy. The battle begins – fights, verbal abuse, vandalism, theft… You name it – it happens. And so from auditions to opening night Tom and his friends, Sonny whose shoulders are spindly as a wire coat hanger and Alice with more piercings that a sieve, come up with quirky and funny ways to deal with Dylan and his mates. But why does Dylan bully? What is his secret and can Tom and Dylan reach a compromise and manage to co-habit the same planet?
Comprehensive Teachers’ Resource Kit available which covers Levels 3 and 4 of The New Zealand Curriculum in the areas of Oral Language, Reading, Written Language, Visual language, Health, Social Studies, Art and Technology. Free download from Teachers Resources – also available to parents.