Chapter 3 of 4 – Fourth-grader JoJo has become the victim of bullying by the sixth-grade gang known as the Bully B’s: Bob, Bo, and Bill. JoJo’s mission is to discover a way to deal with them in a positive manner before they decide to beat him up again.
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Chapter 3 - Divide and Conquer
On the weekend, JoJo’s Mom said, “JoJo, it’s ‘Divide and Conquer’ time. You clean the living room, and I’ll clean the kitchen.”
JoJo said, “What do you mean by ‘Divide and Conquer’?”
His mother said, “I learned it from Home Depot. When you have the whole house to clean, …, well …, that could be overwhelming. So you simply take it ONE ROOM AT A TIME.”
As JoJo started cleaning the living room, he thought, “Divide and conquer. Huh? Divide and conquer??? Ahhhhh! Divide and conquer! That’s it. Mom’s helped me out after all. That’s how I can handle the Bully B’s, one bully at a time.”
Chapter 3A: JoJo’s Sunday encounter with Bo at Harrison’s Drugstore
After church, JoJo went with his Mom to Harrison’s Drugstore. While she was looking at lipstick, he was standing in the candy aisle.
When JoJo heard footsteps, he looked up. He expected to see his Mom or Mr. Harrison. Instead, it was … dun-dun-dunnnnn … Bully Bo.
JoJo remembered to stand up straight. He looked Bo right in the eyes, and he forced himself to smile. Then he said, “Hi ya, Bo. Do you like smooth peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter?”
Bo said, “Huh? Why are you asking me about that?”
“Awwww, I was just staring at the peanut butter cups and got to wondering. Which kind do you like best, smooth or crunchy?”
Bo said, “I like smooth.”
JoJo said, “You’re a brave man! I only eat crunchy now ‘cuz one day, a couple of years back, my Mom bought some smooth peanut butter. I took a great big bite and got peanut butter stuck on the roof of my mouth. I took my finger and scraped it off. But then I had peanut butter stuck on the end of my finger. I didn't have a napkin. I didn't go wash my hands ‘cuz I was watching TV. So, ... I took my finger, stuck it up underneath the bottom of the couch, and wiped it off.”
Bo snorted, “That’s just as bad as wiping boogers on the furniture. Have you ever done that?”
JoJo said, “I might have. What about you?”
Bo said, “Nah! But I've seen my little sister do that plenty of times. Well, see ya later, JoJo.”
“Yeah, see ya, Bo.”
Chapter 3B: ‘Divide and Conquer’ with Bob at a Math tutoring session
On Monday, Tommy and JoJo found out that they were going to have a big math test the next day. They decided to go to the after school tutoring class.
The first thing JoJo noticed was … dun-dun-dunnnnn … Bully Bob. And can you believe it? The only two vacant desks were right beside him.
As the two boys sat down, Tommy said, “Hi ya, Bob. Do you have a math test tomorrow, too?”
Bob said, “Yeah! It’s on fractions.”
Tommy said, “Killer!”
JoJo said, “We’re having a long division test tomorrow.”
Bob said, “That’s hard, too.”
Just then, the math lab teacher came over. “Hello, boys, tell me what you’re working on.” She got all three boys right to work.
At the end of the hour, JoJo smiled and said, “Good luck on your math test, Bob!”
Bob hesitated. Finally, he said, “Yeah, you, too.”
Tommy said, “Meeeee three!”
JoJo felt great. “I did it! I've had a one-on-one meeting with each one of them: first Bill at Ryan’s, then Bo in the candy aisle, and now Bob at the math lab. I think the trick is to NOT think of them as bullies, but people. Cool!”
For the rest of that week, JoJo practiced doing the hero dance by standing up straight and tall and proud. He looked at as many people in the eyes as he could. He also smiled and laughed and joked around a lot, just like Tommy.
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