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Pick Up Sticks

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Polly's rebellion against her unmarried, fiercely independendent mother comes to a head when they must find a new apartment.
Published (first published 1991)
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Bri
May 12, 2013 Bri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!)
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Nov 03, 2013 ah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jane
Many of the same themes as her newest book, but without such great characters and subtlety.
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May 01, 2010 Lee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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