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Wow! This book has characters and importance in aces. Talk about flowing writing amplifying the common settings of a school, friends' houses, and the bus to create a believable eighth-grade world in which a narrator who, despite his doubt that he brings anything special to the world, artfully supports his friends as best as he can. Branton Middle School bans cell phones, so students turn to sticky notes to pass their messages around. When hurtful messages move from online to paper, Frost and friends define and redefine friendships to survive the onslaught in this thoughtful, bullying-awareness novel.

— Todd Wellman


With multiple starred reviews, don't miss this humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, social media, and the failures of communication between kids. From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby's Last Day.

In 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062338204
ISBN-10: 006233820X
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English