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Stick With Me (Hardcover)
An ice skater without a rink. An artist without a place to draw. Two misfit girls who become unlikely friends over the course of an unusual week. Readers of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Rebecca Stead, and Lisa Graff will adore Stick with Me.
Izzy’s best friend seems to be ditching her for the Queen of Mean, Daphne Toll. Izzy wants to fit in and have some real friends, but all she really has are her drawings. And then her family rents out their house during winter break for some extra cash—and that family’s daughter is sleeping in Izzy’s room and attending the same camp!
Wren is focused on perfecting her ice-skating routine after tanking at sectionals last year. But when her sister qualifies for a life-changing treatment for her epilepsy, Wren is carted off to stay in a rented home near Boston. It doesn’t help that she’s forced to attend the local theater camp, where it seems like the mean girls have it out for her.
Will Izzy and Wren’s shared status as targets of Phoebe and Daphne bring them closer? Or will middle school drama prevent them from ever becoming friends?
Jennifer Blecher, the author of the acclaimed Out of Place, writes with a pitch-perfect ear for tween girls about the ups and downs of middle school friendships. Told from dual perspectives, Stick with Me is a story about fitting in and figuring yourself out.
About the Author
Jennifer Blecher once worked as an assistant district attorney. Now she is a full-time writer and her work has appeared in both local and national magazines. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three children, but spends part of every summer on Martha’s Vineyard. www.jenniferblecher.com
“[A] stunning novel. . . . two unlikely friends soon learn what it means to ‘stick together.’ Blecher has a clear gift for writing about young girls who live on social margins, and the particular struggle of wanting to belong while staying faithful to one’s self. Izzy and Wren are relatable heroines with flaws, impulses, and dreams that will resonate with young readers. . . . A smart and emotionally honest book that lays bare the complexities of friendship and of growing up.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
“Two girls navigate the slippery ice of tween friendship. . . . The girls’ stories are told in alternating third-person chapters integrated so well that when the two ultimately intertwine it is both natural and fresh. . . . Wren and Izzy have depth and nuance that give their stories vitality and believability . . . A pleasurable balance of original and satisfying.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Izzy and Wren become unlikely confidantes and discover the power of a supportive friendship. Each protagonist is layered and relatable: anxious Izzy uses her art to navigate her emotions, while Wren regrets her habit of speaking harshly before thinking. In chapters that alternate between the girls’ perspectives, Blecher keenly illustrates the agonies and intricacies of tween friendship.”
— Publishers Weekly
"[A] pitch-perfect ode to friendship."
— Good Morning America
“The lives of two twelve-year-olds intersect for a brief time, with long-lasting positive effects. . . . Blecher creates two authentic tween characters in quiet, artistic Izzy and tough, determined Wren.”
— Horn Book Magazine