Bullies exist in every school and on every playground in one form or another. Gwendolyn Claire, who had never personally dealt with a bully before, was about to become a victim. Gwen, a bright fifth grader who loves creative writing, enters Foxfield Elementary in late September after her mother's job has moved them to a new town. On her very first day at Foxfield, Gwendolyn comes face-to-face with Olivia Roberts, the leader of the Foxfield Four, a group of girl bullies. Within minutes of Gwen's introduction to her new class, Olivia begins her subtle, timed, and subversive attacks. Gwen makes friends with Heather who also becomes a subject of the Foxfield Four's bullying simply because Gwen has befriended her. Their lives at school and even outside of school suffer from this daily onslaught. The girls, with support from their friends Andrew and Hermy and some very astute adults, battle the Foxfield Four. Gwendolyn Claire VS The Foxfield Four, the first in the Gwendolyn Claire Series of middle grade chapter books by Virginia Pulitzer, is a unique approach to the subject of girl bullies in that it is set in a realistic school setting with realistic characters and based on actual situations observed by the author, a retired classroom teacher with 35 years of experience. The book is not only a compelling chapter book on bullies for young people, but also an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and school counselors.