About Abby Cooper
Abby Cooper lives in Minnesota with her miniature poodle, Louis, and a whole bunch of books. A former teacher and school librarian, her favorite things in the world (besides writing) are getting and giving book recommendations and sharing her love of reading with others. In her spare time, she likes eating cupcakes, running along the Mississippi River, and watching a lot of bad reality TV.
Review by Suze
Elyse has CAV, a condition that makes the words people call her appear on her arms and legs. If someone's mean the words are itchy and it takes weeks for them to disappear. Her friend Jeg used to be by her side all the time to protect her, but at middle school things are different. Jeg has found new friends and she leaves Elyse behind. The new friends are mean to Elyse and for the first time she's lonely.
When a big contest at school is coming up Elyse starts to receive notes. She wants to be the Explorer Leader and the notes help her to have enough confidence to show her classmates who she really is. Elyse does things she never thought she would do, but still bad names appear on her body. She needs all the support she can get. Will Elyse be all right or will her condition make things too difficult to handle for her?
Sticks & Stones is a great story with a wonderful message. Elyse learns things about herself that some people never learn in their entire life. I loved that idea. She's a sweet girl who's capable of a lot more than she thinks. It was fun to read about her adventures. Every time she struggles Elyse becomes a little bit stronger, which is something I enjoyed very much about this story.
Abby Cooper has a lovely accessible writing style. She has a warm and approachable way with words and the reader is able to get to know her main character through and through. Elyse writes letters to herself as a class assignment and they are quite special. I liked the way she thinks. Abby Cooper's vivid descriptions of the way Elyse sees the world are fantastic.
Sticks & Stones has a fabulous ending and again there are heartwarming words that can be beneficial to the reader. Life isn't perfect and that's something everyone needs to deal with. Abby Cooper has a lot of good advice for her readers and she brings it in an entertaining way. The reader can learn a lot from this book in a pleasant and charming way. I think Sticks & Stones is amazing, it's an adorable, creative story that offers plenty of inspiration.
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