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Pick-Up Sticks

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Polly loves life — with her single-parent mom (a stained-glass artist), her quirky best friend Vanessa (who has a crush on their English teacher), and her endearing neighbor Ernie Protheroe (who collects postal codes and TV theme songs). But when the house they live in is sold, Polly’s perfect life seems to vanish overnight. Her mom doesn’t have much luck ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published August 23rd 2001 by Groundwood Books (first published 1991)
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May 12, 2013 Bri rated it liked it
I really love Sarah Ellis' writing, and I loved all the concepts of this, but it felt like it was just a short insight right in the middle of Polly's life - you don't get to know any of her history until the end of the book, and there are a lot of loose ends left. But I love the characters, and I loved the "A tree grows in brooklyn" feel :)

(I don't normally write reviews, but felt that this book needed to have at least one!!)
Nov 03, 2013 ah rated it it was ok
This is well written and realistic book. somewhat critical even. I like her writing. I like the descriptions and details. I like that it explores how society works and poor people struggle. And she developed characters well and consistently. This book seems to "try" to show what people (including children) in society each care about.

Yet this book wasn't as satisfying as other books she had written. I read 2 other books she wrote and this was the first time I felt nothing from the beginning ti
Jul 15, 2014 Jane rated it liked it
Many of the same themes as her newest book, but without such great characters and subtlety.
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Writer, columnist, and librarian Sarah Ellis has become one of the best-known authors for young adults in her native Canada with titles such as The Baby Project, Pick-Up Sticks, and Back of Beyond: Stories of the Supernatural. In addition to young adult novels, Ellis has also written for younger children and has authored several books about the craft of writing. Praised by Booklist contributor Haz ...more
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