Friday, July 22, 2016

Words to Celebrate Abby Cooper's Sticks & Stones

Want to see what JOYFUL looks like? 

Here is a picture of our very own Abby Cooper taken just after she saw her middle grade debut Sticks & Stones on a bookshelf for the first time. 


In Sticks & Stones, the main character Elyse has a rare condition that causes the words others call her to appear on her arms and legs. Since she was a baby, most of the words have been pleasant. But Elyse is in middle school now and the words are not always kind. Sticks & Stones is an INSPIRING story about the way words shape us and our understanding of our place in the world.

So to celebrate Abby's debut, I asked what word others would use to describe her book. Here are their responses:

POWERFUL
Jen Malone: This book shows that words have power, and none more so than the words we tell ourselves.

COMFORTING
Brooks Benjamin: Abby's book does such a good job showing that everyone deals with hurtful words and than when that happens, there are people out there who can lift you up with the right ones.

MEANINGFUL
Ronni Arno: Words convey feelings and thoughts that can change lives. It's important that we remember that and use our words wisely.

INCLUSIVE
Chris Brandon Whitaker: I love stories that embrace our differences, whether they be about social, mental, or health matters.

FUNNY
Gail Nall: Goshdarnit, there are some really funny moments in this book!

AMAZING
Stefanie Wass: I could not stop reading this book!

ORIGINAL
Ella Schwartz: This book is truly such an original concept. A premise unlike anything I've read recently.

NECESSARY
Melanie Conklin: Kids really need to hear that they don't need to be so hard on themselves. Elyse's story will inspire them to have empathy for themselves.

UNPUTDOWNABLE
Laurie Litwin: I read this book in a sitting.

IMPORTANT
Jo Marie Bankston: We need stories like Sticks & Stones to remind us that words are powerful. They can inflict intense pain. Or they can help a person grow, learn, and love.

ENDEARING
Becky Appleby: You can't help but to fall in love with Elyse and root for her to fully accept herself.

HEARTWARMING
Rhonda Battenfelder: Elyse's strength and bravery are inspiring. 

As Abby celebrates her book launch, I hope that she feels all of our warm words surrounding her.


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