From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.
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 for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.
In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.
Praise for POSTED
Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one —Kirkus Reviews
John David Anderson is the author of Sidekicked, Minion, Standard Hero Behavior,The Dungeoneers, Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Insert Coin to Continue. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He does not wear ties but will wear sandals in the snow. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, putting off the dishes, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren’t his real teeth. Seriously. The middle four on top? Lost ’em in a car accident. It’s all right, though, the plastic ones look nice and he can still eat corn on the cob.
There are lots of ways to contact him. Telepathy, for example. Carrier pigeon. Alien distress beacon. Sky writing. Failing those, you can always e-mail him here. Be sure to tell him how his book has revolutionized your life, or, barring that, how you used it to smash a bug or something.
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AND NOW . . .
TOP TEN Books that inspired the author.
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Started my love affair with the written word.
The Giver, Lois Lowry. Probably my favorite middle-grade novel.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. Perhaps the funniest book ever, IMO.
The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff. Broadened my horizons.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy. Broke my heart. And kept me up until 3:00 A.M.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain. Taught me how to balance wit and wisdom.
The Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Taught me everything I didn’t realize I needed to know about superheroes.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay, Michael Chabon. I just love this book; it’s that simple.
The Prydain Chronicles, Lloyd Alexander. Got me hooked on fantasy.
Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss. Still my favorite picture book of all time.
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Middle school did not exist. We were in elementary school and then high school. We were enjoying recess and life.
My most memorable time in middle school was my first kiss at a school dance….the song Wipe Out was playing. So romantic. Ha!
Linda Moffitt says
The School Dances