Book to Help Girls Accept Themselves

I had forgotten how hard middle school can be.  My daughter who is a lovely, smart, confident kid is struggling in a way I just didn’t expect.  Between the shift in friends and the multiple teachers who no longer know their students inside and out, she is doubting herself in a way she never did before.  The book I am profiling today looks at the change in middle school.  This is a book to help girls accept themselves, even when self doubt creeps in, and it will.

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Title: Sticks & Stonessticks stones book to help girls accept themselves

Author: Abby Cooper

Target: Grade 6-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

Elyse has a rare disorder that causes the words people say about her to appear on her arms and legs. When she was young, it meant CUTE and ADORABLE were visible, but as she gets older the words change. Not only are kids not always calling her positive names, but now the words she thinks about herself are also appearing. Along with NICE she gets LOSER and PATHETIC. Can Elyse find a way to be happy with herself and not have to hide her disease?

Why I love this book:

  • The premise of this book is wonderful. We all live with the words that other people say about us and they shape how we see ourselves. Ours are not visible to the naked eye, but if they were would we treat ourselves differently? I love that Elyse comes to the realization that she will always live with bad words, they just don’t have to be the words that define her.
  • Every middle school kid will see themselves in this book. No one wants to stand out and they yearn to feel accepted. This book exposes so many of these insecurities and kids will see they are not alone.
  • Elyse is a character I could get behind. She is quirky and likable and throughout the story I was rooting for her.

Who this book is for:

Great for teens/tweens in middle school. While the themes are serious, the story remains upbeat and at times quite humorous.

Final thoughts:

Having a daughter in middle school, I really felt for her while reading this story. This really can be an awkward time for kids.

To purchase this book:

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