Posted by John David AndersonIn middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.
When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.
In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.
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They are joined at their lunch table by new girl Rose, whose large size invites ridicule, but whose confidence and physical strength are more than a match for the bullies whose venom against Wolf, who is gay, turns nasty. This situation, however, is less important than the real focus of the story, which is how and why friendships are built, and how and why they break and change as kids begin to solidify their identities and ethics. Access options available:.
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Soon, yellow sticky notes dot school lockers. Then they start appearing everywhere, with sayings ranging from innocuous and funny to pointed and hurtful to downright mean. What no longer could be said anonymously via text is now sent, just as surreptitiously, on innocent-looking notes which eventually become banned, too. The lunchroom clique of Frost and his buddies get caught up in the war of words, and soon their own circle is threatened. New friends arrive, allegiances are formed and broken , and along the way, the tight-knit group starts to wonder about their future.
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A class of seventh graders deal with verbal bullying in this thought-provoking novel with cautions. Posted by John David Anderson. Walden Pond HarperCollins , , pages. Reading level: Then he fell in with JJ nicknamed Bench, because even though he joined every possible sports team he seldom got to play and those two clicked with musical prodigy Morgan Wolf and nerdy Avik DeeDee.
Words have power. A crude, disrespectful text message about a teacher is the final straw that ushers in a zero-tolerance cell phone ban. Deprived of their primary form of communication, other students pick up on the Post-It Note messages that Frost and his friends occasionally exchange on their lockers, and soon every locker in the school is being inundated with them. At first, the messages seem innocuous, mostly doodles and harmless jokes. Soon, kids discover the power of anonymity and begin using the Post-It Notes to bully others. Rose and the boys must navigate the usual middle school challenges of bullying, changing friendships, and growing up while also enduring an all-out Post-It Note war.
Frost, is part of a tight group of four friends nicknamed Bench, Wolf, and Deedee who have protected each other through two difficult years of middle school. When cellphones are banned at the beginning of eighth grade, he and his friends begin leaving notes on Post-Its. Before long, these sticky notes are appearing on lockers and backpacks all over school, some silly, some wise, and some hurtful. At the same time, a new girl, Rose, starts hanging out with the guys, causing a shift in the group dynamics. The kids learn the power of words to hurt and to heal and the many varieties of friendship as they muddle their way through their final year of middle school. This is sure to be a popular choice for readers, as well as teachers looking for interesting class discussions. You are commenting using your WordPress.