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Sticks & Stones

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Quirky tween dramedy has strong messages about self-esteem.

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Tween girls looking forward to middle school will enjoy the drama of Elyse's ups and downs as she learns to navigate sixth grade and that she's got a lot to offer the world when she trusts herself. Getting to know new kids, changing friendships, frustrating romance, and "Snotty Ami" are just some of what makes her story easy to relate to. Her voice is believable and engagingly quirky, with plenty of age-appropriate laughs along the way. Elyse is easy to sympathize with, and readers will admire the chin-up way she copes with being different.

Elyse is a good role model for learning to accept yourself and that although words definitely can hurt, they can also help. But the plot's heavy on middle school drama, so kids who aren't interested in social status or ready for romance won't find much else here.

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