Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

by Abby Cooper (Author)

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper is a feel-good middle grade debut with just a dash of magic...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.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..." ―School Library Journal

Dive into the captivating world of "Sticks & Stones" by Abby Cooper, a poignant and thought-provoking novel that explores the complexities of human relationships, resilience, and the power of forgiveness. This immersive story takes you on a journey of self-discovery and healing, as protagonist Lily grapples with the aftermath of a traumatic childhood experience.

In the quaint town of Willow Creek, Lily battles the lingering scars of the painful incident that shaped her past. Years later, fate brings her face-to-face with the person who holds the key to her healing—Ethan, the boy who unknowingly played a part in her trauma. As Lily and Ethan navigate their intricate connection, they uncover hidden truths and confront the weight of their shared history.

Their journey is one of resilience and growth, as they learn to confront their demons and find solace in one another. Through their shared pain, they discover the transformative power of forgiveness and the possibility of healing. "Sticks & Stones" is a beautifully crafted tale that delves into the profound effects of trauma, the importance of facing the past, and the redemptive nature of forgiveness.

Lose yourself in the pages of "Sticks & Stones" and embark on a transformative literary experience. Abby Cooper's poignant storytelling and evocative prose bring to life characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading. With themes of resilience, forgiveness, and the healing power of human connection, this novel is a must-read for anyone seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant story.

Discover the power of forgiveness and resilience with "Sticks & Stones," a novel by Abby Cooper. Dive into the depths of human emotion as Lily and Ethan embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery. This poignant tale explores the complexities of relationships, the weight of the past, and the transformative power of forgiveness.


304 pages