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This fun, stimulating novel follows two girls competing for the same worship-music contest who learn real lessons about faith. Ages 10-14. Friends for a Season book 2.
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This fun, stimulating novel follows two girls competing for the same worship-music contest who learn real lessons about faith. Ages 10-14. Friends for a Season book 2.
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Editorial Reviews

Andrea Sisco
"Chopstick is a great story with a powerful message of the love of and for God, the importance of friendship and the peace that comes from having faith that God will meet your needs. It is a message of doing what's right. This is a must read for young adults. The meaning of the title will delight readers."
Donna Eggett
"Chopstick is a type of book you don't often find: one Christian parents will applaud, and, at the same time, one their early teenage daughters will enjoy...

Themes in Chopstick include: Christian friendship; family problems; personal Christian growth; deciding the right way to understand problems; honoring and being obedient to parents while still being true to self; and boy/girl relationships. Preteen and teenage Christian girls have enjoyed Byrd's books, and Chopstick will be no exception.

As a teenager's grandparent, I had fun reading this novel. Chopstick is a good introduction to this genre for parents and mentors who have not yet begun to explore what their girls read."
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"This book is on fire! You will think so too as soon as you start reading Chopstick. I will admit at first it was a little hard to understand until I figured out that Chopstick alternates from Paige's to Kate's perspective the whole way through this book. Each girl is telling the story of their own life and how they meet up with one another and become the greatest friends anyone could ever have. Now if you ask me, I think this book sounds awesome and it really is. I think you definitely should buy this book...."
Melissa Parcel
"This is a cute, fun read that moves at a quick pace. The Washington /Idaho locales are described vividly so that readers will feel like they are actually visiting the cities. For anyone struggling to fit in with peers or family, Chopstick offers a great deal of advice and food for thought. It is definitely an inspirational novel. The contest is for writing worship music and both girls attend church and rely on God. The tone is not preachy, however, so those who enjoy a wholesome novel will warm both to the characters and the engaging plot."
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Paige in Idaho and Kate in Washington become friends through a Christian internet service. Through the internet, both girls enter a song-writing contest. The winner will receive $400 and sing a solo at the Thanksgiving football game. Kate wants the money to buy Christmas gifts for children on the Nez Perce reservation. Paige wants the money to supply pets to elderly persons by buying a year's supply of food through an animal shelter. Will their friendship survive the competition? Both are Christians and seek to discern God's guidance. The story is told from each girl's point of view in alternating chapters which can be confusing; the ending sentence of a chapter by Paige is repeated as the beginning sentence of the next chapter by Kate. Their lives are further complicated because their fathers work for the same small company which is in danger of closing. This is part of the "Friends for a Season" series. Teenagers struggling to do God's will at times of difficult choices will gain insight into this continuing process. 2005, Bethany House Publishers, Ages 12 to 15.
—Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764200212
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Friends for a Season
  • Pages: 234
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Byrd developed a loyal following while writing her fiction series SECRET SISTERS and THE HIDDEN DIARY. She also writes for Christian Parenting Today and many other publications. Sandra and her family live in Washington.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    When two girls have the same dream, but only one can win.

    Chopstick is the second book in Sandra Byrd¿s Friends for a Season Series. From the outside, it might seem like thirteen-year-old Paige has it all: a wealthy family, outgoing siblings, a beautiful home, and a great wardrobe. But Paige isn¿t happy. She feels invisible. If only her family and friends could see how talented she was. When she sees the ad for the Worship Works contest, she knows she¿s found the perfect way to let her gifts shine before others. Plus, the $400 prize is just what she needs to sponsor two elderly people to get a pet this Christmas.<BR/><BR/>Thirteen-year-old Kate really does have it all together. She leads the worship team at her church, has lots of friends, and is beautiful. But Kate isn¿t happy, either. She¿s tired of being poor. Her father, a pastor of a small church, works two jobs just to scrape by. People are always giving them clothing and food, which really embarrasses Kate. If she can¿t even afford day-to-day life, how will she find the money for the Wee Care for Kids Christmas program? The Wonder Works contest presents an answer. The money will be just enough.<BR/><BR/>The two girls meet over the sale of a guitar and become instant friends. They have music in common and decide that a pair of chopsticks will be their ¿team uniform¿ since musicians don¿t wear team jerseys. They discover they¿re both entered in the same contest. Each girl believes winning the contest will be an answer to prayer, but only one girl can win. Who will it be? And can their friendship survive this competition? <BR/><BR/>I thoroughly enjoyed Chopstick. I fell in love with both girls as they struggled to find their way. They suffered relatable struggles and sacrificed bits of themselves to make their friendship work. Readers will love these girls and their story, which works out to a wonderful and surprising conclusion. Highly Recommended.

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