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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

After reading book one, I had to have two. April Grace is amazin

After reading book one, I had to have two. April Grace is amazing! Spunky and smart! Time for me to buy book three. Jeaniel

posted by JeanieL1 on July 3, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Handles life with Grace

Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks, by K.D. Mc Crite is the second in the Confessions of April Grace series about a middle-school girl traversing the difficult years between elementary and high school. She must deal with a variety of challenges, including a snooty neighbor ...
Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks, by K.D. Mc Crite is the second in the Confessions of April Grace series about a middle-school girl traversing the difficult years between elementary and high school. She must deal with a variety of challenges, including a snooty neighbor who moves in with April’s family, an old friend who is now the queen of the popular girls, a Christmas play she wants nothing to do with, and the coming of a new sibling. Oh brother, as if middle school wasn’t hard enough.
Yet April Grace does it with … well … grace. No, she is not some little Stepford child who behaves and never complains, but when the chips are down, those who know her best know they can count on her.
What I like best about this story is the main character, April Grace. I can relate to someone who wants to do what’s best. And yet, maybe complains a little along the way. The supporting cast is real and relatable, too. I recognize them in my own life.
My only wish it that there were more of a united theme to latch onto that carried throughout the story. But maybe that’s just how middle school life is, just a girl trying to make sense of it all.
I received this book for free from the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program in return for an honest review.

posted by Connies2cents on February 22, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    After reading book one, I had to have two. April Grace is amazin

    After reading book one, I had to have two. April Grace is amazing! Spunky and smart! Time for me to buy book three. Jeaniel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    ??????????????????????????????????????

    i got this for christmas is it any good? and does it have AR points if so how many? is it okay for an eleven year old

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Wonderful series!

    The Confessions of April Grace series are delightful! I am ready for Chocolate Covered Baloney. Can't wait to get started on it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Funny adventures with a very big heart!

    Run and get this book for someone's stocking- even if it's yours! The story takes place in a small town in Arkansas in 1986. Junior high drama, bossy older sisters, a family mystery, and a Christmas pageant that no one wants to organize add up to one hilarious story with a lot of heart! I read this book with my daughters and we all laughed together at the antics and adventures of April Grace. She is an outspoken 11 year old who tells it likes she sees it and loves with all her might. She reminds me of a preteen Junie B. Jones with better grammar and a big heart. I absolutely loved this book. The references to the 80's were such fun and I adored how April Grace, in her own special way, was able to save the day- more than once. The characters were well developed and endearing, but not perfect. Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks is the second book in a series and I have the first book on (as April Grace would say) my very own personal Wish List! Faith, family and fun are key players in this book and my daughters (ages 9 and 14) and I loved every word!

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Great book for girls and moms

    April Grace is an 11-year-old girl entering her first semester of junior high. The story is set in the 80¿s. Yet April Grace, her family, and her community will remind you of a setting like that of the Little house or that of the Walton¿s and their little town. Remember Elizabeth? This is how you can sort of picture what April Grace is like. Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up. Along with the normal challenges of junior high, April Grace must deal with unwanted house guests who take her older sister¿s room forcing her sister to move into hers, (now I can feel sorry for her there-with an older sister myself!) Then there is her mom¿s surprise and difficult pregnancy, and her placement under protest in the church¿s Christmas play. Life is hard for this spunky, red headed girl. And she¿s very honest about and shares all of her feelings!

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