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When fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes up to police banging on her door, she is shocked to see her mother arrested on drug charges.

Uprooted and in disbelief, Emily moves to a new town to stay with her grandmother, known as Crazy Carol for her outspoken faith and quirky behaviors. As if the arrest isn’t enough, kids at her new school immediately begin to stereotype and j
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Published March 18th 2020 by Acorn Publishing

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LaNona
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sticks and Stones was like a perfect combination and I was very surprised when I guessed wrong about what would happen. It was honestly quite a refreshing read.


It starts off with our main character waking up to her mother's arrest, and her best friend/ long-time-crush gets sent with her to live with her grandmother that she hasn't seen or spoken to in a while. Our

Emily and Jared have to start over in a new town, deal with her crazy grandmother (who really just loves God and thanks Him for e
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it

I wasn't 100% sure what to expect with Sticks and Stones by Dianne Beck, but whenever I see the title Sticks and Stones - it always reminds me of the old childhood saying "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. The old saying if you were bullied to repeat it too build you up to stronger and know inside that you are courageous and can overcome anything - just like our characters in this book. The book starts off with Emily's mum being arrested and her new step-brother
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Sassy Southern
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emily Greene’s life has turned upside down when her mother Tiffany was arrested, and her fiancé Richard Holder has gone missing. Now Emily and her best friend, Jared, who is Richard’s son are forced to move in with her grandma Carol.
Yet a new life isn’t everything Emily thought it would be and she soon discovers secrets from the past that were kept from her and she soon learns why everyone refers to her Grandma as Crazy Carol.
Will Emily be able to see the positive in everything once her Grandma
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Rebecca Austin
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-sassy
This was a book I was really curious about reading as it sounded good but I was worried about how much the book would be focused on God. This book will definitely not appeal to everyone as it is somewhat centered around God and him being the one to help Emily.

I liked Emily’s character and I felt horrible for her with what she was going through after her mom was arrested. I can only imagine the shock of having everything you believed in being taken from you and having the person that meant the mo
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Erin
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, reviewed
Here is a summary of what the book is about. When fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes up to police banging on her door, she is shocked to see her mother arrested on drug charges. Uprooted and in disbelief, Emily moves to a new town to stay with her grandmother, known as Crazy Carol for her outspoken faith and quirky behaviors. As if the arrest isn’t enough, kids at her new school immediately begin to stereotype and judge her based on the news they’ve heard about her mom.

Emily is sure her mother'
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and Acorn Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

I definitely felt really hurt for Emily and everything that she had to go through. With all of the trials and tribulations that she went through, and how it didn’t seem like she had anybody in her corner, it real
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 cranky stars


This book is more of a journey of one young girl, Emily. She was raised by her mother always telling her that her father didn't want to know them. She met Richard who had a son, Jared. Emily and he became best friends and if it wasn't for the fact they may become family they could of had a relationship.


Emily loved her mother but she was taken from her and Richard went missing they were both sent to her crazy grandmother. They both tried to fight it, but this is the story Emily's
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Ravenous eReader Book Blog
I'm a Christian and Sticks and Stones was my very first Christian/YA genre read.

This was a sweet and endearing tale of a young girl and the struggles and loneliness she faced. Life definitely wasn't a bed of roses for her, but she's tough. Hey, that's no big deal because she was naturally strong and resilient, right? Wrong. It wasn't until later in the story that she realized that all her strength and resilience came from God alone.

There's a lesson to be learned from this story. Just as in the
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
A young girl fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes one morning to her mother being arrested on drug charges. Emily believes her mother to be innocent. Emily believes that her step-father is the one responsible for the drugs not her mother. All of Emily’s friends are on the same page as she is with her mother being innocent.

Emily and her step-brother Jared are taken to live with her grandmother known as Crazy Carol. Grandma is a religious person who collects and talks to sticks and stones. I think
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Kaili (Owl Book World)
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is the very first Christian book that I've read and I actually really enjoyed it. It's a coming of age novel about a fifteen year old girl who has to deal with a mother in jail and an absentee father. Sticks and Stones really has a good outlook on things and how to over come problems. The only thing that I wish was different with the book is that things are made a little clear about the main character's friend and how exactly she was doing. And I do wish there was some resolution with her f ...more
Rebecca June
Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
This whole thing was really discombobulated and awkward. None of these conversations felt natural at all. I highlighted so many things that were inconstant or unrealistic. I grew up in a Christian home, so many of the things the grandmother said seemed pretty solid, but she just confused me otherwise. We didn't get a whole lot of character depth or growth from anyone, it felt more like facts about them explained in great detail, not giving me any emotional connection. Nothing felt finished at al ...more
Meaghan Hurn
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Sticks and Stones is a fast-paced YA novel that contains heart-strong friendships, a little romance and a dash of suspense.

Life definitely wasn't a bed of roses for our main character, Emily, but she's strong and resilient. Sticks & Stones is an endearing tale of a young girl and the struggles and loneliness she faces in her life. Emily must face her mother's lies and her father who abandoned her not once but twice.

You'll find that this novel is based severely within the Christian faith.
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This delightful novel is all about one girl's brave journey through loneliness and feeling lost to friendship, love, family, and faith. There was even a dash of romance that was just about right. It is fast-paced and a story that was easy to fall in love with. It was both beautiful and inspiring and I recommend it to lovers of faith-based YA novels.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received this complimentary book upon request and have voluntarily left my review. All opinions are my own.
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bookish tanna
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Relationships can be very hard to maintain and keep. This book shows a lot about that. Heartbreaking and amazing, it breaks into tiny pieces to put itself back together again. I loved the main character who had to go through so much pain. She was so brave! OMG, I actually want to cry right now.
All in all, this book was fantastic. It was so relatable and breathtaking. BUY IT PEOPLE, BUY IT.
Holly Kammier
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an ARC and I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful and inspiring story. Sticks & Stones follows one girl's courageous journey from lost to found, as she discovers the true meaning of family, friendship, love, and faith. ...more
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