In Larger-Than-Life Lara by Dandi Mackall, Lara is truly larger than life – in some unexpected ways.
She is an overweight child and is ridiculed for this, yet she has special talents which finally open up the children’s hearts in the school where she starts over (again).
We get the impression from the story that she has moved from school to school already.
Lara’s story is told by another classmate, Laney Grafton who is initially relieved when Lara turns up since Laney as up until this point been the class kicking post for anyone with a bullying disposition…Laney realizes after the first 3 days of Lara’s school attendance that she has not been kicked, pushed or called names.
Both my girls read this book and suggested I read it too. In fact, they were insistent!
It’s an easy read for adults and children alike and is a great way to begin to understand the insidious nature of bullying from a child’s perspective.