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When cell phones are banned at their school, students start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl's arrival.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062338204 (hardcover)
006233820X (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: J ANDERSON
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeJessica Mar 23, 2018

What an insightful, sometimes funny, sometimes sad look at middle school life and the way one wrong text, one wrong outfit, one wrong move can change everything in those hallways. Anderson's spun a tale that can speak to everyone, from those of us who walked the Gauntlet twenty years ago to those still working through it.

JCLChrisK Mar 02, 2018

"You find your people and you make your tribe and you protect each other from the wolves."
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"Words are ghosts that can haunt us forever."
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"I learned more in the two weeks following that first posted note than I did in the two years of middle school leading up to it."
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Eric, AKA "Frost," makes a wonderful narrator. His nickname is a reference to Robert Frost due to his almost secret love of poetry. It's apt, because he's a wise observer of human interactions. In addition to reporting on the events of his story, he adds insightful commentary related to them. Realistic, believable insights for an 8th grader to be having during a moment of friendship tumult. A time of tribal changes and bullying attacks from wolves. His telling makes his excellent story all the more relevant, relatable, and resonant. Highly recommended.

A stellar read about kindness, friendship and sticking up for the people you care about.
~Alexa

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JCLChrisK Mar 02, 2018

Words accumulate. And once they're free there's no taking them back.

You can do an awful lot of damage with a handful of words. Destroy a friendship. End a marriage. Start a war. Some words can break you to pieces.

But that's not all. Words can be beautiful. they can make you feel things you've never felt before. Gather enough of them and they can stick those same pieces back together, provided they're the right words, said at the right time. But that takes more courage than you'd think.

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