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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,996 ratings  ·  855 reviews
In middle school, words aren't just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes f
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Published May 2nd 2017 by Walden Pond Press
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Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
full disclosure, I read this for a parent/teen book club and all the parents and kids liked it?! Or at least felt socially pressured to say they liked it?

It's dumb though, especially since it's supposedly a book about ~the power of words~ but it's full of little fat-shaming/body-shaming and racist microaggressions. like is this a book about white people who are obsessed with finding their ~tribe~, yes it is. is this a book where everyone's cellphones get banned because a sassy black girl sent a
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Required reading for all middle school students, teachers, administrators and parents. "You find your people and you protect each other from the wolves" ~ that statement alone sets the tone for this searing commentary on middle school, friendship, bullying and the power of words. I flat out cried with about 10 minutes left in the book (no spoilers, I promise) and rejoiced at Anderson's ability to show us light amidst the harsh reality he portrays in this story. It's funny, it's heartbreaking, it ...more
Nov 25, 2017 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference  ·  review of another edition
It'll be so refreshing if the kids are actually encouraged to use their words. Too many MG characters only confide in diaries or best friends.
Um, no. What it is, is that the kids use post-it notes to substitute for texts when their phones are taken away. And they use them to bully each other. Preachy book, not entertaining. I thought I would persist, but at p. 98 I was struggling with all the cliches, and so I skipped to the end and found out that people still consider calling someon
This is a hard book to review. Not because it wasn't good, because it was, but because I couldn't figure out if it was a middle school book geared towards middle schoolers or a middle school book geared towards high schoolers/adults. It was a bit too much of a wholesome lesson on bullying and middle school friendships in my opinion which makes me think it is more geared toward the latter option. Which is not a bad thing but it takes a star away from my rating. I think 11/12 year old me would hav ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're not reading John David Anderson's books, you're missing out. ...more
Joyce Yattoni
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful story for middle school. It's the beginning of MS and who isn't scared about finding your tribe? It's more than that though. This is a story for all the kids who are marginalized just because they don't fit into what bullies perceive is the norm. It's about being compassionate, empathetic, finding acceptance, and being aware of what is going on around you and sticking up for what is kind. I ❤️ this quote, "Words are ghosts that can haunt you forever." This would make for a great read al ...more
Addison D F2
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Post-it notes. That was what started the war. Seeing how the tiniest things can snowball into such a big event that adults had to be involved somehow reminded me of my situations. From the expodition, we were introduced to a foursome who were so close, they seemed to be stuck together by super glue. They would've never guessed that a girl just might be their friendship's kryptonite. A couple of years ago, me and my friends formed a clique, and just like the foursome, we would've nev
Kellee Moye
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First, I must start with stating my awe with Mr. Anderson. I have read four of his five books and each is stellar. But what really makes him stand out as an exemplar author to me is that he has tackled three different genres in his five books and each one was just as good as the others. Ms. Bixby and Posted are realistic fiction, Sidekicked and Minion are superhero sci-fi, and Dungeoneers is high fantasy. How impressive! No
Marcia Porter
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The power of words, the power of having a tribe, loyalty. All of these themes are explored in this novel, which is about as accurate a portrayal of middle school life as I have seen. (I am a middle school teacher.). Not only were the characters well fleshed-out, the adults were portrayed realistically, and the author tucked in literary references without seeming heavy-handed. This novel would be well used as a springboard for all manner of deep discussion in the classroom.
What a fabulous story! There are so many worthwhile lessons (for kids and adults) wrapped in excellent writing that I’m going to be thinking about this story and these characters for a long, long time. <3
Josie Vasquez
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, and I definitely recommend it. It mostly focuses about verbal bullying in school. And how it impacts on people. And also how you can stop it and stand up for others.
Ms. B
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Words are ghosts that can haunt us forever. (p. 163 and 340)
Word matter. When texting and cell phones are banned at a middle school in Michigan in a response to online bullying, students rediscover the power of words using sticky notes. Words can relay messages, cause harm or reaffirm in this story about middle school friendship and social hierarchy between Eric, J.J., Morgan, Advik and Rosalind (aka Frost, Bench, Wolf, Deedee and Rose).Their nicknames may appear innocent but are they?
This woul
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was ok not really what I was expecting and was overall kind of slow
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 for sure. It was such a good book about friendship and how friendships can evolve. I didn't ugly cry but I was pretty damn close ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On point messaging for its intended audience. I’ll be curious to hear my middle schooler’s reaction to the book. As an adult, I just had a hard time in the middle school setting which made it move slowly to me but I thought the message and final words were really prevalent, especially in this day and age.
Ms. Yingling
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Frost (so called because he wrote a poem that won a competition) struggled to make friends at his new school after his parents divorced and he moved, but he now has a solid but small group. Bench is an athlete who doesn't often play and who has trouble identifying with the jocks, DeeDee is a Dungeons and Dragons fan, and Wolf is a very talented musician. All the boys fall on the geeky end of the spectrum, but because there is safety in numbers, are usually left al
Angela Couse
After banning cell phones at Frost's school, the students start a "sticky note war." Bullying becomes more visible as students write their mean thoughts on post-its and stick them on lockers. Frost, the main character, thinks he is safe within his group of nicknamed friends, "Bench, " a good-natured benchwarmer, "Deedee," a D&D enthusiast and "Wolf", a piano prodigy until Rose a new student unexpectedly joins their group and becomes a catalyst for positive change in the entire school. The book h ...more
Michele Knott
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I could have read this at a more relevant time.
Powerful, powerful read.
As an adult reading it, it 100% was accurate for how I remember and still hear about middle school. I have no doubt that this book will be a mirror book for far too many kids.
I hope for those seeing it as a mirror, they find this as something they can hold on to. For kids who are seeing this as a window, I hope they see this book as a catalyst to do something. To see the power of words and the power of kindnes
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading Posted, and having read the author's Ms. Bixby's Last Day, I think that John David Anderson will have to go on my list of favorite authors! His main character is a self-deprecating nerd with a funny, snarky voice who narrates his middle school's all-out war notes. The book deals with bullying, fitting in, the changes to family and friendships with lots of heart, humor, and hope. ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book that really touched my heart. The friendship between them definitely reminded me of the friendship between me and my friends. The things they go through are real world problems and I am glad to finally see a real representation of a true friendship instead of these fairy tale endings.
Meag McKeron
Books rarely take me over 3 weeks to read, but this one caught me in the middle of a reading slump. Yes, even librarians find themselves struggling to read sometimes!

I really liked Posted - the members of the "tribe" were really well done (I had a particular fondness for DeeDee, and Rose was a delight) and the topic at hand - cyber bullying/bullying in general - is one that kids could always use a fresh perspective on. Man, do I cringe when I think about what middle school must be like with the
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Keep your head up. Keep your eyes forward. And don't let go."-Rose
Just that saying helped bring this story to life and brought all of them in the "tribe" out of their misery. This quote not only allowed Rose to be able to fit into school, but it also helped remind the protagonist, "Frost" (which is his nickname), who his true friends were and even in the hardest circumstances, he was able to stay true to his friends. I find that hard to do sometimes in real life. When some people leave you to b
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is awesome!
A war is happening at Branton Middle School when phones have been banned. Kids soon found a replacement to replace their social desires: stickies. However, after leaving the notes friendly on lockers, they grew into attacking vicious paper monsters. In midst of all this, a new girl called Rose arrives, changing four boy's lives even further......
Read this book, and you'll be stunned!
Erin Mash
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The theme of this book is to think about what you say and the effects of what you say.This book shows this because the kids of Branton Middle School start posting sticky notes for each other around school, when cell phones are banned however, not all of the notes are kind and leave some kids with their feelings hurt
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
“You find your people and you protect each other from the wolves.”

“Words accumulate and once they’re free there’s no taking them back. You can do an awful lot of damage with a handful of words... Some words can break you to pieces.... but that’s not all. Words can be beautiful. They can make you feel things you’ve never felt before. Gather enough words and they can stick those same pieces back together.”
Snazzy Reads
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! 4.5 stars!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a good book. some parts were boring and some parts where good. It was a mix. It had a good life lesson though.
Melissa Voss
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous reminder as central theme. Thinking about doing this as a read aloud in the fall
Jenn Hopp
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am very impressed and completely satisfied with this MG story about finding your tribe and protecting them fiercely. Something for all MS students to unpack in here. Highly recommended for G678.
Jabiz Raisdana
I wish there were six stars on Goodreads. I absolutely loved this book and may have said to my wife that it is the "perfect" YA middle school book.

Don't let the cover or the blurb make you think this is a simple book.

Expertly crafted with deep relatable characters and a plot that spans a tumultuous week at a typical middle school, this book has so many layers and such accessible complexity that it is a great read for G7 and 8 students.

Anderson deftly explores the painful experience so many you
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“Words accumulate. And once they're free there's no taking them back.

You can do an awful lot of damage with a handful of words. Destroy a friendship. End a marriage. Start a war. Some words can break you to pieces.

But that's not all. Words can be beautiful. they can make you feel things you've never felt before. Gather enough of them and they can stick those same pieces back together, provided they're the right words, said at the right time. But that takes more courage than you'd think.”
“You find your people and you make your tribe and you protect each other from the wolves.” 7 likes
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