UNIQUE PREMISE: Jade experiences a power struggle between the made-up best friend in the pages of her notebook and this same best friend in real life.
TIMELESS, AGE-APPROPRIATE THEMES: Abby Cooper perfectly captures the hard truths, pain, insecurities, and joys that are innate to most middle-schoolers navigating friendlessness and friendships.
MEMORABLE CHARACTER: Jade is a bright, multi-dimensional character—a gifted, passionate writer at school and an in-denial daughter and sister at home, where her dad is battling cancer.
CELEBRATES WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING: Showcases a special teacher-student relationship wherein the student is challenged to think more critically and push one’s self to practice, practice, practice.
AUTHENTIC DEPICTION OF CANCER: Details about a parent suffering with cancer are not overwrought and feel realistic and often humorous.
TALENTED AUTHOR AND SELF-PROMOTER: A former school librarian, Abby has published two well-received middle-grade novels. She’s done 30+ Skype school visits in 2018 alone, and also visits schools in person.
Praise for Sticks and Stones
“A quirky, clever, and lighthearted look at what it means to accept oneself.” --School Library Journal
Praise for Bubbles
“A funny and sensitive novel, bound to find eager middle grade readers.” --School Library Journal
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