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Sticks by Joan Bauer
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sports
Read from July 20 to 21, 2011

It wasn't as deep as some other books of hers, but still entertaining and enjoyable. Sticks had some great lessons thrown into a fun story. Mickey is a 10-year-old boy who wants to win the annual nine ball competition at his family's pool table hall. His goal is to be the best around, like his dad once was. There is one teensy problem: Buck, a bully, who has it out for Mickey and will do anything to beat him. Mickey needs a teacher, and when his dad's old friend Joseph Alvarez shows up, he thinks it's the perfect opportunity. However, Mickey's mom doesn't seem to think it's a good idea. A fun story, Sticks includes some great characters like Mickey's grandmother Poppy and his genius best friend Arlen to help Mickey through. Poppy imparts her wisdom and Arlen thinks that math can explain anything and everything. All of the characters have to grow in this book, and all of them learn something. I am really beginning to love Joan Bauer!

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