The Bailey Game – Celia Rees

Posted on December 12, 2008


This is another of the books that has been recommended to me by my school librarian that is a contender for a book awards taking place in my city.

The Bailey Game tells the story of Alex, a girl who is still haunted by the terrible events that happened due to “The Bailey Game”, a game that involved the systematic bullying of a boy named Michael Bailey. She deeply regrets her part in this game and, when a new student comes to the school, she sees that the game is starting again and that only she can stop the terrible events from unfolding all over again.

I enjoyed the storyline of this book and it was a very powerful account of the terrible effects that bullying can have on people and how it can be dealt with. However, the plot did get confusing at times due to all of the flashbacks of the past and changing of viewpoints. A good idea that was slightly let down by the style of the writing.

The Bailey Game – Celia Rees ***

By Tom.