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What made Martin Hastings, the ‘bully’ of A Dog on Barkham Street, behave the way he did? Martin resolves problems of his own in ‘a sensitive study of a lonely, frustrated boy. The [family] relationships are exceptionally well drawn.’ —BL. Boys’ Club of America Junior Book Award 1964...

Title : The Bully of Barkham Street
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ISBN : 9780064401593
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Bully of Barkham Street Reviews

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2018-11-19 03:08

    I'm so curious to know if this sequel was pre-planned. It is a wonderful book on its own, and it enhances A Dog on Barkham Street tremendously, adding so much depth to what was a somewhat mundane tale. I love how Stolz was able to write one book with a villain and in the next, turn him into a hero. I have to say that Martin resonates with me more than Edward does. He's not a bully in the way that many of today's sociopathic kids are (the ones you hear about on the news). He's got his problems, his challenges, and is frequently misunderstood, but he isn't evil. I like that we get to see how he is not just plain bad, but is provoked. Some might scream "never blame the victim" but I think that parents and teachers have seen enough to agree that it takes two to tango.The book still feels very much of the early 1960s, with the traditional activities, interests, and relationships that have seen so much change over the decades. The interactions between Martin and his family, however, are still very relevant.I've already started the third book, and I hope it doesn't fail.

  • Jake
    2018-11-14 02:45

    I could tell you what it’s like to be an awkward chubby boy in elementary school—what it's like to rely on a rambunctious dog for friendship after school, only to have your parents give the dog away because it’s, well, too rambunctious. Regrettably, I even know what it’s like to transfer all that prepubescent anxiety into bullying other kids. But instead of telling you all that I’ll simply recommend reading this wonderful book. Sorry, mine is not available for resale. I read a school-owned copy in elementary school and never forgot it. On a nostalgic day in college I found a used copy for sale online. It’s a keeper.I did let my boss borrow it once. She read it to her twin daughters and wound up crying as she read it. Ah, mothers! I share that by way of testimonial.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-10 06:06

    Mary Stolz sympathetically explained how bullies are made, not born.

  • Richard Bennett
    2018-11-16 01:00

    I first read this back in 1966 while in 4th grade from our classroom library. I can remember being glued to it, hoping I had enough time to finish it before school ended, because I might get side-tracked and not be able to finish. I was amazed that an author, Mary Stolz, was able to capture the anger of a young man growing up, trapped in a world where he wasn't able to control his own destiny, wasn't able to make his own decisions, where everyone told him what to do and when to do it. I had a lot of anger back when, but pretty much kept it to myself, until it burst out every now and then, and I thought I was the only one. I recently saw this on Amazon and got a used one for chump change, but it still packs a punch fifty years after its initial release. I don't hear much about it, but I've never forgotten almost breaking out in a sweat while reading it, it was like the author had me pegged.

  • Luann
    2018-11-18 04:05

    This pairs with A Dog on Barkham Street. The story covers the same events, only from a different character's point of view - this time from the "bully's" point of view. Very interesting!

  • Ann Johnson
    2018-12-11 05:42

    This book, written in 1963, is a sequel to The Dog on Barkham Street, written in 1960. The sequel covers the same events as in the previous book, but is from the point of view of the bully.

  • Shanna Gonzalez
    2018-11-25 23:58

    Martin is a deeply lonely preadolescent boy who earns a reputation for picking on children smaller than himself. He is self-absorbed, self-pitying, a compulsive liar, and a thief, and constantly justifies himself when challenged. This book follows his muted coming-of-age, as he turns from his destructive behavior and attempts to live down his reputation. His escapades are sometimes funny, but more often embarrassing as his bad behavior brings him humiliation and shame.Martin’s bad behavior grows out of his deeper problem: his parents are supremely inattentive to his basic relational needs. Their consistently selfish response toward him at every turn creates a poisonous family dynamic which is the source of his profound loneliness and insecurity. Early in the story, Martin’s parents allow him to adopt a dog when he promises to reform his behavior, but the promise is so sweeping that it is impossible for him to live up to. When the dog becomes inconvenient for them, Martin’s parents return it to its former owner, citing Martin’s bad behavior. Although his father admits that he should not have asked Martin to commit to a standard beyond his abilities, he does not ask for forgiveness but instead urges Martin to be unselfish and think of the dog’s needs. This scene provokes Martin to hate his parents, and he wonders “if goodness and unselfishness were something that adults talked about when what they really meant was Don’t bother us” (61).Martin himself never takes responsibility for his own behavior, but rather mysteriously outgrows it by the end of the story. While he does attain some reasonably admirable accomplishments (maintaining a newspaper route to save money for a saxophone and walking away from a provocation to fight), he never asks forgiveness or makes restitution to people he has injured. The gradual change in his behavior suggests that all along he has wanted to be good and just couldn’t figure out the right technique. This opposes the biblical doctrine of original sin, which holds that humans are evil by nature. Martin's violent, narcissistic behavior may easily be understood as the natural expression of an evil heart, but the idea that he is merely a good-hearted, misunderstood boy trying to do the right thing falls far short.While this story might be valuable for helping children cultivate compassion for the local playground bully, the poisonous character of Martin’s family, and the wishy-washy way in which Martin’s sinful behavior is explained, makes it an unsuitable choice for our family library.

  • Darrell Reimer
    2018-11-16 04:43

    Martin Hastings is The Bully of Barkham Street, and it should be said at the outset that he is not one of those feral creatures who dominates a pack and torments the weak and wounded. He is a loner, but not by choice. Martin has a vivid imagination, and is prone to eager overcompensation whenever someone offers him friendship. This usually concludes in a comic mishap that squelches the earlier promise.His older sister is fussing over potential boyfriends, both his parents work — his father until late, his mother right up to the brink of supper-time — and every afternoon he arrives home to a house that seems cavernously empty now that his dog has been taken back to the farm. He feels impelled to take out his frustrations on someone or something, and who better than Edward Frost, the mouthy kid next door?Martin's feelings of alienation and his impulse to feign indifference on the one hand, or to eagerly, desperately reach out on the other are brought vividly to life by Stolz. Late in the book, after yet another school day when Martin's best intentions collapse in ruin, he stares out his bedroom window and into the Frost's back yard:Edward and his uncle Josh were sitting on the grass together, talking, looking up now and then at the wren house. Argess [Josh's dog] was lying next to Edward her head on his leg.Watching them, so peaceful, so friendly, with a dog like Argess theirs to pet and call to and be with, Martin was almost engulfed in pain. There was that terrible sensation of half strangling to keep back childish tears, and another feeling — that of being someone completely alone. It reminded him of the way he felt whenever he went in a place where people already were — a classroom, dancing school, even a public place like a drugstore. It always seemed to him that the people who were already there sort of owned the place, belonged there, and that he was an outsider pushing his way in and not welcomed. After a while, of course, he'd get over it, and when other people came in, it was as if he belonged and they didn't. But he hated that feeling of being outside, unwanted, not part.Who cannot relate to feelings like Martin's? That Martin comes to understand how he can change — how he is changing — for the better, and that he is justified in feeling some measure of triumph by the novel's end, is a testimony to Stolz's patient labor as a story teller. This is a magnificent work of empathy, perfect for 10-year-old listeners — and adult readers.

  • James Vachowski
    2018-11-17 01:08

    Nearly everyone’s had a run-in with a bully at some point in their lives, but how many of us have ever stopped to think about why these kids behave this way? Mary Stolz’ classic book forces the reader to do just that by telling the story of a frustrated boy named Martin Hastings. Beneath the gruff, thoughtless exterior is a chubby boy who’s actually a little bit lonely himself. Acting out is a way for him to get attention, and inevitably Martin comes into conflict with his next-door neighbor, Edward Frost. This book is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, albeit someone that you might not necessarily like…at least not at first!One great thing about “The Bully of Barkham Street” is that it’s actually a companion novel to another book called “A Dog on Barkham Street”. This book was published a few years earlier, and it tells the same events through Edward Frost’s point of view. I’d recommend reading both books, but no matter which you read first you’ll be able to see the conflict from both boys’ points of view. Apparently, boys will be boys no matter the decade. If you’re looking for some great insight into the way boys think, look no further than the Barkham Street books!

  • Chelsy Ryan
    2018-12-13 23:51

    I love this book because my Mom bought it. Seriously, I like everything she buys for me. It's too special coming from her. Anyway, I have read this book so many times because I always forget where I left off. Rereading this book countless times is crazy but I'm sure that every time I reread it, I always understood what Martin is going through. The Bully of Barkham Street is very relatable to me. The book is about a bully named Martin Hastings. Like Martin, I'm not very patient and I easily get mad. I have a short temper and I'm easily misunderstood. I know that as a kid, that's hard to cope up with. Especially when the people around you doesn't support you and doesn't even show how much they care for you. We all felt being lonely and how no one is there for us. All these certain things are what the main protagonist of the story is going through. What I like about Martin is how he knows what should be done and him willing to change from being a bully. He knows that changing his bad habits will be good for him.This story is about growing up and being mature. It's about not letting bad thoughts getting the best of you. It's a nice read because you'll know that you're not the only person who's having a rough time in life. It's very relatable and has good moral.

  • Cathy
    2018-11-16 01:41

    Reliving my childhood by reading books I read then. I saw much in this book now that I didn't when I was young. Martin's dog Rufus has been given to another family because Martin was not responsible enough in caring for Rufus, which causes Martin to backslide and start gaining weight. He has a distant relationship with his family and few friends at the beginning of this book. Martin's longing for connection with his family, particularly his father, is so sad. When his teacher calls him out for not doing his book report, instead of giving him an F, she suggests that he reads books about Shackleton and Martin becomes enthralled with the world of the Arctic explorers and begins reading more. He determines to start losing weight and trying to connect with his peers. By the end of the book, he has forged peace with himself and started opening up to making friends. I love Mary Stolz's books.

  • Christian Guevara
    2018-11-28 02:44

    1)I saw this book at a book fair, and the summery seemed interesting so I decided that it would be a good book to read.2)"The Bully of Barkham Street" is about a boy with a bad reputation, a family that never listens, and a constant bully. He realizes that changes need to be made, but that the biggest change must come from him.3)My favorite quote, wasn't really a quote, it was the slogan for the book. "Not all bully's want to be bad", I like this quote because it shows that Martin, the main character, only wants fresh start, and that he's not the person everyone thought he was. 4)The writing style is from Martins point of view.5)I would recommend this book to anyone, Because I feel that this is a relatable book.

  • Diane
    2018-12-09 03:56

    Martin is much bigger than the other kids and has gained the reputation of a bully, sometimes with reason, sometimes without. He feels adults are unfair but mostly he feels his parents ignore him and care more about his sister, Marietta. After his parents take his dog away, things seem at their worst, but through a concentrated effort from Martin and renewed understanding between him and his parents, he starts to live down his reputation.A little outdated at times, but the characters are good and consistent.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-26 02:39

    Martin Hastings is a boy in the 50 s or 60's in suburban America. How he deals with his slightly dysfunctional family, being a bully and why, hormones and moods and crazy ideas that boys of 12 or so have when it comes to life in a neighbourhood when it seems like nothing is going your way. Martin grows up and makes mistakes, pays for them and learns what it means to be a good son, brother, neighbour, student and friend.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-20 06:44

    Although this book is a bit dated I wish there were more stories like this. The book followed a bully through his life, at time even he didn't understand why he acted the way he did. I enjoyed this way more than expected!

  • Me
    2018-11-22 00:56

    I still remember this book from my childhood. I loved how the author was able to show the two different sides to the story - See The Dog of Barkham Street - and allows kids to see the inner problems of bullies.

  • Emily
    2018-12-15 08:01

    Martin wasn't a bad egg, but a suffering soul. This is a mirror book to A Dog on Barkham Street--many of the same events, but from Martin's point of view.

  • Michal
    2018-11-16 07:42

    This is one of my favorite children's books. Mary truly makes you feel for the bully in the story. One leaves with a good understanding of the psychology behind some bullies.