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Stiks and Stoans
by Andrew Matthews 307/197 first published 1999
Real Life Drama for ages 9 to 14 published by Mammoth
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
'Stiks and Stoans mae braek my boans but naems will nevre hert me', is what Ella writes in her diary. If only this was true!
What happens?
After the divorce of his parents Liam moves away with his mother to a new town. Confused and depressed following this emotional turmoil, he decides to just 'fit in' at his new school. Unfortunately it is with the school bully that Liam becomes friendly and he becomes the bewildered observer to the nasty tricks that Billy plays on his victims. Ella, a dyslexic girl, is Billy's new target and during the following weeks she keeps a diary of what she is going through. All her fears, anger and anguish are written down in this book, perhaps the only way she has of really talking about the awful things that are happening to her.
Is it easy to read?
This book is quite easy to read, but it should be noted that Ella's diary, like the title, contains the genuine spelling mistakes she would make.
Anything else?
A well-written story opening up all sides in the frightening world of bullying. Matthews writes with such clarity and thoughtful character portrayal that we not only recognise the fear and despair of the victim, but also glimpse the terrible emotions and strains which drive the bullies. There is a great deal to be learned from books like this.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Liam is the new boy. He thinks the only way to survive is to be the clown in Billy Pickett's gang. Billy's latest victim is Ella, who is dyslexic. Ella's diary contains all her feelings and "stiks and stoans mae break my boans but naems will nevre hert me". The truth is very different.
And what do you think?
Jason Wates, Hillel
IT is a good book .I think you should read it.
Stephen Jervis, Hillel Academy
The book was good and I understand it. It is about a boy named Liam who moved to another country with his mother. His father divorced his mother. When he gets into his new scholl, the only way he can fit in is to be friends with a bully named Billy. Billy More...
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