Children are attacked by brute bullies every day and defend themselves different ways.
Children's book for ages 4-12
Erika M Szabo
When Bianca, Daniel, and Peanut, the St. Bernard, are confronted by Mark and his cronies, the BFFs stand up to him with the help of Peanut.
“I’m glad school is over,” Bianca said to Daniel as they walked on the sidewalk toward the river with towels on their shoulders. Peanut, as usual, walked with them staying close to Bianca.
“Me too,” Daniel said to his best friend with a sigh. “We don’t have to study or do homework for the entire summer, and I don’t have to deal with Mark. He said he will spend the summer vacation at his grandma’s house. Luckily it is far away in another town.”
“It makes me so angry that he’s getting away with hurting other kids, and he’s been picking on you for the past few weeks.”
“My ears were ringing for days because I hit my head on the desk,” Daniel said. “And the teacher didn’t believe me when I told him that Mark pushed me, so I didn’t tell my parents. It’s best to stay out of Mark’s way. He is very strong.”
“I don’t understand why those boys hang out with that big bully,” Bianca growled under her breath, feeling frustrated. “He gets them in trouble all the time.”
“Mark told Peter that because he is strong and wild as a wolf and nobody can mess with him and his boys, he named his group the Wolf Pack. But I think he got the name from a movie. I guess the boys feel safe with Mark because he’s strong,” Daniel sighed.
“Oh, look! The BFFs are going for a swim with their stupid mutt!” Mark yelled.
Bianca looked back and saw Mark standing by the fence, surrounded by three smaller boys.
“The loooovebirds,” chuckled Scott, one of Mark’s skinny friends, wearing a purple shirt. He looked at the husky boy with admiration.
“They think they’re better than us just because Danny boy won the spelling bee and her girlfriend came up with that stupid science project,” Mark growled.
“Yeah,” Aiden, the boy in a green shirt, agreed. “They’re not better than us.”
“Stupid geeks,” Scott said as he looked at Mark for approval.
Mark sneered and raised his arm. Two of his cronies happily gave him a high five one by one, except one. Peter pushed his glasses up on his nose nervously and shifted his weight from one foot to the other.
“Hey!” Hearing Mark’s angry shout, Bianca and Daniel turned back and looked at the group of boys.
“Hey,” Mark yelled again. “What are you two whispering about?”
“It’s none of your business!” Bianca said angrily.
“Yeah?” Mark yelled. “I’m going to tell my dad that you’re walking your mutt without a leash. He’s a policeman, you know.”
Bianca’s blood boiled with anger, and she lashed out at Mark. “Yes, we know that, Mark. You told us many times, but your dad knows that Peanut wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
“He’s just a big, dumb dog that should be locked up. Who gave him that stupid name, anyway?” Mark cackled.
“Leave us alone, Mark,” Daniel shouted angrily.
“Or what?” Mark pointed his round chin forward but cowered back when he heard Peanut’s bark that sounded like thunder. The huge dog took a step toward him.
“Peanut! No!” Bianca yelled.
The giant dog stopped and looked back at Bianca with a twinkle in his eyes, and then he looked at Mark again. A low, threatening rumble escaped the dog’s throat as he opened his mouth showing his sharp teeth.
Mark’s usual arrogant expression changed. He looked frightened and flattened his body against the fence. The three boys slowly inched their way farther away from Mark who held onto the fence and didn’t move.
Children's book for ages 4-12 available in eBook and print