Larger-Than-Life Lara, Softcover
By Dandi Daley Mackall / Tyndale House
While Larger-Than-Life Lara is a painful picture of the consequences of bullying, this story is also an engaging allegory of the life of Christ, a teaching tool for aspiring writers, and a reminder to kids in difficult homes that they are not alone.
Lara, who is very overweight, joins Mrs. Smith’s fourth-grade English class in the middle of the year, and from the moment she walks in the door, she is bullied and mocked by her fellow students. The story culminates in a powerful scene that takes place at the end of the school play.
Readers will feel the pain, forgiveness, repentance, and consequences that occur throughout the story as students and teachers experience the worst and best in each other. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. Softcover edition.
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Larger-Than-Life Lara is a juvenile fictional book, suggested for readers 9-12 years of age. Larger-Than-Life Lara brings awareness to bullying and how those who bully can be changed, even without their own knowledge. At the same time, Larger-Than-Life Lara provides the reader with the different parts of a story and the story itself supplies the examples to further demonstrate those parts of a story.
I really liked the idea of each chapter within the story being about a different area which is used to tell and complete a story; the character, the beginning, a frozen moment, the villain, the setting, dialogue between characters, and many other parts of a story. Another thing that touched me was the way, the one who was bullied, reacted to the bullying. The reaction from one person can change the actions of another.
I recommend Larger-Than-Life Lara.