Today’s review is part of the official blog tour for Posted by John David Anderson. Keep reading for more about the book, the blog tour & your chance to win a copy!
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.
I think what I loved most about this book is how perfectly and beautifully Anderson captures the fluidity and rapidly changing nature of our lives and friendships over the course of Middle School. It’s that awkward period between childhood and adolescence — when we’re trying to decide who we are and who we want to be; how we want to define ourselves as we begin growing up.
In particular, Posted tackles the changing nature of friendships — which is particularly notable in middle school, I think. He deftly and lovingly shows the pain and struggle of witnessing change, coping with change, and – ultimately – accepting it. Friendships come and go throughout our lives, but I think there’s something particularly deeply emotional about the friendships we gain and lose during middle school – given the volatile nature of that age.
Posted also deals with the cruelty that can be experienced in middle school — and the consequences of both witnessing, doling out, and experiencing that cruelty. But as much as the bullying is a key part of this book, Anderson also shows that kids can also be kind — and Posted acts as a reminder both of this kindness, and why we should always strive for kindness.
Look for Posted in stores May 2nd.
John David Anderson is the author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Sidekicked, Minion, and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org
This photo is described by the author as “John David Anderson right after he survived Middle School.”
In the book, a sticky note “war” ensues at the school — but the better side of most students prevails when they use the sticky notes to compliment a classmate.
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