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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

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by Beth Goobie

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Jujube is thrilled when Brent asks her out. She is not so happy when the rumors start flying at school. Pretty soon her name is showing up on bathroom walls and everyone is snickering and sniping. When her mother gets involved, Jujube’s reputation takes another hit. Deciding that someone has to take a stand, Jujube gathers all the other girls who are labelled


Jujube is thrilled when Brent asks her out. She is not so happy when the rumors start flying at school. Pretty soon her name is showing up on bathroom walls and everyone is snickering and sniping. When her mother gets involved, Jujube’s reputation takes another hit. Deciding that someone has to take a stand, Jujube gathers all the other girls who are labelled sluts—and worse—and tries to impress on her fellow students the damage that can be done by assigning a label that reduces a person to an object.

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A failed attempt to tweeze her brows leaves Jujube with only one eyebrow. Thankfully, that doesn't stop Brent Floyd from asking her to the Valentine's dance. Jujube feels honored to be chosen as Brent's date, even after an uncomfortable moment in the back of Brent's car. Then Jujube returns to school to hear talk that she's "easy." Knowing nothing happened with Brent, Jujube tries to adopt the saying "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me." But it does hurt, badly! Someone scribbles her name and personal information on the boy's bathroom walls and paints "Jujube Gelb is a slut" on the bricks at school. Jujube tries to salvage her reputation, but no one, except her friend Sophia and a guy named Carlos, believes her. Finally, Jujube decides not to take this treatment any longer. She stands up for herself, and from her new vantage point she can see what she's been looking for all along. Like other books in the new Orca Soundings series, Sticks and Stones presents a quick glimpse of teen characters in contemporary settings. While short and slight in content, this teen fiction novel certainly deals with a timely and common problem, and will appeal to the reluctant reader. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Orca, Soundings, 86p.,
— Lynne Remick
Children's Literature
Going on a date with the boy you have had a crush on seems like the ultimate night, right? Well, what happens when the next day that boy spreads lies about what the two of you did on that date? Now you find yourself in the middle of gossip, the butt end of jokes, and no longer looked at in the same way you were before. High school can be a tough learning ground, just ask Trudy, or Jujube, as her friends call her. Going on a date with Brent seemed like the best news she could ever have, but she soon found out that people don't call him "Mr. Warp Speed" for nothing. After rejecting his advances and thinking everything was fine between them, Jujube soon discovers that dating can be a much more complex activity than she could ever have thought possible. Soon, the entire school thinks that she is "easy." This book provides a realistic picture of what can happen and often does happen in high schools across the United States. It is a compelling story of how one girl fights to overcome the stigma one boy's word creates and to rebuild her self-esteem. 2002, Orca Book Publishers,
— Sheree Van Vreede
Canadian Book Review Annual
"At a time when we hear so much about bullying in schools, Sticks and Stones will encourage youngsters to find positive ways to fight back. Recommended."
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“This novel is an easy to read book with strong dialogue...Students will be interested in the character of Jujube and...the situation will be a familiar one.”
CM Magazine
“Demonstrates that hi-lo books do not automatically have to be of lesser literary quality. By launching the new hi-lo series with titles of already proven quality and interest from well-established YA authors, Orca Soundings are off to a fine start. Highly Recommended.”

Product Details

Demco Media
Publication date:
Orca Soundings Series
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Ralph looked away from me to another guy.

"What do you think, Scott—a seven?"

Scott looked me up and down.

"Seven? Maybe."

"Maybe on a good day," said another guy.

"A really good day? Like last Friday?" Ralph replied.

They were all laughing again.

"You guys are pigs," I said.

Meet the Author

Beth Goobie grew up in a family in which the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She moved away to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery, the CLA Award-winning Before Wings, and the adult novel The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth makes her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Sticks and Stones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
timbercreek More than 1 year ago
I liked this book,it was interesting. i can kinda relate how jujibe felt because im inhish school, an stuff like this happens. How girls get called mean names like the word SLUT. and sometimes the things people hear, is not really true/did not happen.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
As is typical of the Orca Soundings series, the book is written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers. Jujube is estatic to be asked to a dance by Brent, a student at her high school she had a crus on for years. At the dance, he pressures her to take the relationship farther than she is comfortable with. The following Monday, Jujube finds out that Brent has told his friends that she is easy and more than willing to "go all the way" on the first date. Soon the entire school seems to believe that rumor. The calm reassurance of her friends Carlos and Sophie help Jujube get through the days, and she and Carlos come up with a way to get her reputation back and make her classmates realize how hurtful words an be. This book will fly off the shelf, as the cover photo is a row of school lockers with the word SLUT drawn in large letters on the front of one.
TheNyan More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty decent book, I would have liked it to have been longer, but it is a good story with a good message. Because of its short length, I found the ending quite abrupt, and a bit rushed. But it has a good message and for some, something you can relate to. The writing style is good, and had a good story line. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I would definitely reccomend this book to anyone. A lot of young girls go through the very same thing that Jujube went through. One day you are going out with the guy of your dreams, and then the next day at school, rumors are flying about what you didn't really do. Jujube showed strong character. She didn't let the word 'SLUT' get to her. She was brave when her and her friend Carlos made their project on Grafitti. It was a great way to let the truth show and to let kids see what was going on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie was very good I didn't want to put it down and stop reading it. It had a conflict that might happen in every high school. Jujube never thought that his nickname' Mr. Wrap Speed' would actually mean anything until he took her in the back seat of his car. She was strong enought to deal with all the drama in school. And she didn't let the word 'Slut' get to her. Making that project about the Graffiti in the bathrooms was something brave to do. I would recommend it to young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! i read it all in one day because it was so good. i liked how jujube doesnt let the word 'slut' kill her and how she fights back. i would recommend this book to any young adult readers out there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i guessee it was okay. It didnt have very much detail, it was too short, and it just didnt seem realistic to me. It was VERY dissappointing. It was just plain lame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago