Seventh grader Jun Li is a brilliant student, more comfortable around computers than people. But his world turns upside down when the principal accuses him of posting pictures on the school's website that expose the eating disorder of one of his classmates. To prove his innocence, Jun has seven days to track down the true cyber bully.
Jun's investigation will bring him face-to face with computer hackers, a jealous boyfriend, and more than one student who has been a victim of bullying. But he discovers along the way that everyone's story is more complicated than it seems - and that the people he meets have more in common than they think. With likeable characters and a fast-paced, humorous plot, Bully.com is a compelling look at the consequences of cyber bullying.
Joe Lawlor grew up on Long Island with three sisters and no brothers. To escape unwanted sisterly love, he hid himself away in his closet or sometimes in the limbs of the tall oak in his backyard. When he couldn’t get far enough away, his imagination was his escape. While other boys his age bashed their action figures together, Joe created extensive backstories and family histories for each.
Even at an early age, character motivation was important. These days, Joe works as a middle school English teacher. He enjoys the challenge of working with adolescents, while he secretly takes notes on his target audience.
New York Journal of Books "[B]ully.com is full of suspense with a surprise ending skillfully written to keep readers hanging on every word."
Booklist "Jun is a well-written, engaging protagonist, and . . . readers will enjoy his lively, supportive friendship with Chris and find elements to empathize with and relate to throughout. The conclusion suggests further school-based detecting adventures to come."