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Young Adult Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

Sticks and Stones

by (author) Beth Goobie

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Bullying, Girls & Women
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2006
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2002
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


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 whispering behind her back. 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 have been labelled sluts—and worse—and tries to impress on her fellow students the damaging effects words can have on a person

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

In high school Beth Goobie studied and taught piano, wrote stories, and was the recipient of academic and citizenship awards. She worked for a year as a nanny in Holland, then moved to Winnipeg where she studied English literature at the University of Winnipeg (receiving the gold medal) and religious studies at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. She has worked for many years with physically and sexually abused children and is concerned with issues surrounding the anger and powerlessness of those under legal age. Addressing these issues in her writing, she has published several novels for young adults, including Born Ugly, Mission Impossible, The Lottery and Before Wings, as well as poems and short stories for an adult audience in anthologies and magazines such as Fiddlehead, Malahat Review and Quarry. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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  • Nominated, Forest of Reading White Pine Award
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association (CLA) Young Adult Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Our Choice
  • Commended, American Library Association (ALA) Amelia Bloomer Book List
  • Short-listed, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks

Excerpt: Sticks and Stones (by (author) Beth Goobie)

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The high interest plot works - the action starts right away and the story is filled with gossip, tears, and righteous retribution."


“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.”

CM Magazine

“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.”

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"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."

Canadian Book Review Annual

"Presents a quick glimpse of teen characters in contemporary settings...certainly deals with a timely and common problem, and will appeal to the reluctant reader."


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