Posted by John David Anderson

Published by Walden Pond Press

Summary:  Eric, a.k.a. Frost, is part of a tight group of four friends (nicknamed Bench, Wolf, and Deedee) who have protected each other through two difficult years of middle school.  When cellphones are banned at the beginning of eighth grade, he and his friends begin leaving notes on Post-Its.  Before long, these sticky notes are appearing on lockers and backpacks all over school, some silly, some wise, and some hurtful.  At the same time, a new girl, Rose, starts hanging out with the guys, causing a shift in the group dynamics.  Bench deserts them for another lunch table, and Deedee and Frost are the victims of a vicious bully who may or may not be one of Bench’s new friends.  Rose heroically comes to their rescue, but even she can’t protect them when the bully comes after Wolf.  The kids learn the power of words to hurt and to heal and the many varieties of friendship as they muddle their way through their final year of middle school.  384 pages; grades 5-8.

Pros:  A powerful and realistic friendship story that is unflinching in its portrayal of the social hierarchy of middle school.  This is sure to be a popular choice for readers, as well as teachers looking for interesting class discussions.

Cons:  Some language and some details about the bullying incident may make this more of a middle school book than an elementary one.

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