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Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

Abby Cooper

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just "cute" and "adorable," but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like "loser" and "pathetic" appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like "interesting," which she's not really sure how to feel about. Now, at age twelve, she's starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying "I know who you are, and I know what you're dealing with. I want to help." As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

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Some people don’t think that one word can make a difference.


They’re wrong.


Sure, some words need to be around other words to make sense. They need to...

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Praise for Sticks & Stones

“Middle grade readers will enjoy Elyse’s wry observations about school and family life, and most will relate to the agony of dealing with being different, especially during those awkward ­preteen and teenage years. Fans of Wonder by R.J. Palacio will enjoy this book for its similar writing style, compelling characters, and upbeat tone. A quirky, clever, and lighthearted look at what it means to accept oneself. Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal

A solid choice for readers transitioning from the relatively tame emotional landscapes of their elementary years to the more treacherous terrain of middle school.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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About the author

Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper, a former teacher and school librarian, lives in Minnesota with her miniature poodle, Louis, and a whole bunch of books. Sticks & Stones is her first novel.

Abby Cooper

David Cooper

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