Paul, Big, and Small (Hardcover)
This is a story about friendship, overcoming your fears, the power of sports as an outlet, all in the context of bullying. Paul, Big and Small become an unlikely trio when they are grouped together for a school project. Paul has spent his life trying to hide in order to avoid being picked on by the bullies at school. He is paired with Lily Small, who is anything but small, and who Paul has been terrified of since their childhood, and Big, the always happy new kid from Polynesia. As they work together on their project, they discover that they have a lot more in common than they thought. This includes rock climbing, which has always helped Paul clear his mind after school. As Paul comes into his own over the course of the book, he realizes that even the most unexpected people can be victim of bullying, and this motivates him even more to overcome his own fears.
This is the first book that I have read that has truly delved into the truth and the sometimes heartbreaking ramifications of bullying. It has parts that are sweet and funny and others that are shocking and sad. It is a book whose story and characters are not easily forgotten.— From Laure's Picks
Paul Adams has always been short, but he's an excellent rock climber. And his small size means he can hide from the bullies that prowl the halls of his high school.
Top on his list of "People to Avoid" are Conor, from his Language Arts class, Hunter, who hangs around the climbing gym, and Lily Small, who happens to be the tallest girl in school. But he might be able to be friends with a new kid from Hawaii who insists that everyone call him "Big." He's got a way of bringing everyone into his circle and finding the beauty in even the worst of situations.
When the three of them--Paul, Big, and Small--are assigned to the same group project, they form an unlikely friendship. And Paul realizes that maybe Lily isn't so bad after all. He might even actually like her. And maybe even more than like her.
Paul and Lily team up for a rock-climbing competition, but when Lily is diagnosed with leukemia, Paul ends up with Conor on his team. And when Paul learns that Conor is dealing with bullies of his own--as well as some deep emotional pain--he realizes that the bullying in his school has got to stop.
Paul, Big, and Small is about the turbulent, emotional lives of young adults who are struggling with life's challenges openly and sometimes in secret.
About the Author
David Glen Robb lives in the Rocky Mountain West with his wife, two sons, and two dogs and is an avid rock climber who also coaches youth rock climbing teams. He taught high school English, art, and creative writing for eleven years before deciding to pursue writing full time.