Bully Route Home
The continuing problem of bullying and the festering divide race relations create, tear at our country. Their roots are in our past. Bully Route Home provides a picture of where we’ve been and of a time and place to which we should not return. “Pooch” Robertson is a twelve year old growing up in the 1940’s rural South. He learns about the realities and short-comings of the world he lives in when a bully terrorizes him. Pooch chooses to walk home from school by making a detour through the black “quarters” to avoid daily beatings. The friendship he forms with a black youth creates a chain of events that threatens to spiral out of control and plunge the community into a full-fledged race war. Walk with Pooch as he, his parents, and others struggle to avoid the conflict and plant a seed of racial understanding.
Bully Route Home won the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for best literary manuscript. Some of the judges’ comments are:
- “I was never pulled out of the story-It flowed beautifully.”
- “Where do I begin? When I read good writing, I underline good verbiage- I underlined practically this entire entry.”
- “… the writing is masterful.”
- “The setting is so rich that I felt like I was there. The characters are richly developed without sounding stereotypical.”
- “This book ROCKS!”
- “What a beautiful fresh voice…”
- “The following is just about the highest compliment I can give a book: It is reminiscent of To Kill A Mocking Bird, not just in plot, but in language, mood, and adventure.