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B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy)
Title: B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy)
Author: Jane Yolen,Adam Stemple
Tired of being picked on at school for being a “furrin Immigrant” because he is Jewish, twelve-year-old Sammy Greenburg learns the legend of the golem from his bar mitzvah coach, but discovers that friends—and forming a klezmer fusion band—can be better than magic in defeating bullies.
Sammy Greenberg would rather talk back to The Boyz—a gang of bullies at his school—and get his head stuck in the toilet than constantly be afraid. But when his friend Skink gets beaten up so badly that he has to go to the hospital, Sammy thinks he may be in over his head. He decides to build a golem—a mythical protector from Jewish folklore, made of clay and animated by the ineffable name of God. But this monster doesn’t just protect him and Skink from The Boyz, he is also a great drummer for their rock-jazz-klezmer fusion band! But golems come with warnings. They will protect you until they don’t.