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Discussion: Stick by Andrew Smith (Part 1)

Welcome to the Discussion Post for Part 1 (Pages 2-59) of Stick by Andrew Smith.

1.  Last month, we read In the Path of Falling Objects which had, as its protagonists, two brothers with quite an interesting relationship.  A third brother, absent from the main story, was also involved. Here again, with Stick, the main characters are brothers.  What do you think of their dynamic so far?  Do you have any expectations for them individually, or for their relationship?

2.  Stark “Stick” McClellan, our main character, is different in a few ways.  First of all, although he is only 13 years old, he is already six feet tall – which is taller than his older brother.  But, even more importantly, he has a physical deformity which impacts his every day life and relationships.  The deformity is mirrored in the prose.  Do you think this effective, so far?  Are there other examples you can think of, from other books, where a main characters’ “something other” is somehow reflected in the book’s prose or structure? 

3.  The brothers seem pretty different  – Bosten is pretty bold, he smokes pot, and seems like an easy-going guy, the kind people like to be around.  Stick, on the other hand, is (understandably) more of an introvert.  He hates even the smell of pot, and doesn’t seem like the biggest risk-taker in the world.  Despite their differences, the brothers seem very close.  Why do you think their relationship is so strong?  Do you get the impression that their bond will survive anything?

4.  Mom and Dad.  They seem to be a pretty good team, themselves. But for different reasons.  Right away, we get an “Us vs. Them” feeling, between the boys and the parents.  When the boys come home late and walk into an onslaught of violence, Stick narrates: “Maybe once per week things exactly like this happened in our house.”  Where do you think the anger comes from?  Are there any hints about some deeper issues, or do you think, as Stick says, this is just the way things are done in their household?

5.  And Emily.  Friend?  More than a friend?  Her words seem to be saying one thing (Friend) but her actions seem to be hinting at a desire for more.  We haven’t seen much, yet, but does this seem like it could be a good thing for Stick?  Would a relationship with Emily be a healthy one?  Or does this seem doomed to fail, from the start?

Can’t wait to see what you all think of this one, so far!  I’ll reply with my own answers in a few days, after others have a chance to say what they think. 

Don’t forget to check back next Saturday, when we will be discussing Part 2 (Pages 60-103).

Also, have you entered to win a copy of next month’s Andrew Smith book,Ghost Medicine?  Head over to Not Now, I’m Reading for your chance!  The giveaway ends July 14th!

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July Read-Along: Stick by Andrew Smith

Hello, People and Things!

Today is July 1st – Which means it is time to start reading the next book in our Andrew Smith summer read-along schedule!  Our selection for July is Stick – and I will be hosting this time around!  I absolutely loved this book – so I’m looking forward to reading it again and posting discussion questions each Saturday.  

If you haven’t already registered for the event, please check out the information below, which explains how to join!  There are Giveaways and other events associated with Andrew Smith Saturdays (as if the AWESOME books weren’t enough!) – so I do hope you’ll come along for the ride! 

Discussion Plan for July: Stick (Hosted by Roof Beam Reader)

  • 7/7: First (Part 1): Pages 2-59
  • 7/14: First (Part 2): Pages 60-103
  • 7/21: Next (Part 1): Pages 107-216
  • 7/28: Next (Part 2): Pages 216-292

Our Andrew Smith book choice for August is Ghost Medicine and there’s a Giveaway copy being offered by Not Now, I’m Reading!  One lucky participant will win a copy of the book – so be sure to register and then head over to Not Now, I’m Reading for your chance!


You must register for this event and participate in order to be eligible for prizes.

Register Here.

Where to Buy Stick:

The Book Depository

Barnes and Noble

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Don’t Miss It Monday!

Hi, Folks!

I’m not typically one for monthly or weekly “recap” posts, but there is SO MUCH happening at this month and this summer, that I thought it would be a good idea to put it all together in one post and remind everyone about what’s going on.  I’m including some major events that are taking place here at, as well as some big events hosted elsewhere, but in which I’m participating (I think many of you might want to get involved in these as well!). 

Andrew Smith Summer Event

Register for the Event HERE.

Enter to win a copy of July’s book, Stick, HERE.

Participate in Week 1 Discussion of In the Path of Falling Objects HERE.

Why Join?: Andrew Smith’s books are CRAZY good and terribly under-appreciated. Giveaways, interviews, guest posts, group discussions, and more!

Catherine Ryan Hyde Event

Hosted by: Roof Beam Reader & Shooting Stars Mag.

Sign-Up to Join the Pay It Forward Giveaway Hop HERE (Closes June 20th; Event June 23-30).

Why Join?: This event is all about showing appreciation to our blog readers/subscribers, by giving away some of our favorite things!

Purchase a Book or Spread the Word to Win Awesome Prize Packs HERE (Deadline June 23rd).

Why Participate?: The author is amazing and the prize packages are crazy!

A Victorian Celebration (June & July)

Hosted By: Allie of A Literary Odyssey.

Register to Participate HERE.

Why Join?: Lots of great giveaways, guest posts, etc. Plus, tons of good reading!

Enter to win a copy of North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell HERE (Ends June 8th).

Books I Plan to Read:

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain, The Haunted House by Charles Dickens, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, and The Warden by Anthony Trollope (Plus Middlemarch by George Eliot and The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, if I have time).

Other Items of Note

Join the Literary Blog Hop HERE (Closes June 20th; Event June 23-27). Hosted by Leeswammes.

Random Acts of Kindness June Event HERE. Hosted by Book Soulmates.