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Sticks [Hardcover]

By Joan Bauer (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2002
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
ISBN  0399237526  
EAN  9780399237522  
UPC  048228018995  

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Item Description...
Outline ReviewBreaking, bank shots, slices, and safeties-fifth grader Mickey Vernon can shoot pool better than some guys twice his age. His philosophy is simple: "I think a lot of the world's problems could be solved by a couple of guys shooting a few racks down at the local hall." But sometimes that's hard to remember when he's facing down seventh-grade bully Buck Pender. Buck is determined to beat Mickey in the annual youth tournament down at Vernon's, the pool hall owned and operated by Mickey's grandma Poppy. And he just might do it, too. Except Mickey's got a secret weapon. Joseph Alvarez, a big rig trucker and family friend, has returned to town, and he was coached by the best pool player on the nine-ball professional circuit--Mickey's dad, who died shortly after Mickey was born. So with the help of Joseph and his two best friends, 10-year-old math genius Arlen and magician extraordinaire Francine, Mickey just might have a shot at the championship. Then Buck baits him into playing a game in which Mickey badly sprains his stick hand, just three short weeks before the tournament. Has Mickey just scratched the cue ball of his dreams?

Fun, folksy, and big-hearted, Joan Bauer's first novel for middle-grade readers is sweeter than a 90-degree bank shot off the rail and into the corner pocket. Mickey's unselfconscious and humorous narration ranks with that of Archie in How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive by Janet Taylor Lisle or Peter in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. (Ages 9 to 12) --Jennifer Hubert

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There's only one thing Mickey Vernon really wants, and it's hanging in his family's pool hall. It's the awesome shirt that the winner of the ten- to thirteen-year-olds' nine-ball championship will be wearing.

Mickey's toughest competition is Buck Pender, a thirteen-year-old bully. Even though Mickey's math-whiz friend Arlen has a killer pet pig and a pool strategy good enough for their school science fair project, "The Amazing Secrets of the Pool Table," Mickey worries about Buck.

Things start looking up when Joseph Alvarez, an old friend of Mickey's father and an absolute pool ace, offers to coach Mickey. Now if only he can convince his mother to overcome her mistrust of Joseph.

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More About Joan Bauer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joan Bauer is the author of many books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here, and the L.A. Times Book Prize forRules of the Road. The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here andClose to Famous, which also received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers.

School Library Journal says, "When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny characters, Bauer is in a class by herself."

Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Joan Bauer currently resides in the state of New York. Joan Bauer was born in 1951.

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Unrealistic characters  Feb 2, 2007
Mickey's father was a championship pool player before he died, back when Mickey was a baby. Now that Mickey is eleven, he is determined to follow in his father's footsteps, starting by beating the local bully in the town's big children's pool tournament. When an old friend of his father's walks back into their lives and offers to coach him, Mickey is thrilled. His mother, though, isn't quite so enthusiastic.

The story is decent, although a bit cliche. It is obvious what will happen with all of the conflicts; there isn't a whole lot of tension. I didn't really like any of the characters in this story. I thought Mickey was really whiny, and he and his friend acted much younger than fifth grade. It seemed they were always screaming something, and I found that irritating.
A Pool Story  Jun 5, 2006
Sticks isn't about pool sticks. This realistic fiction story explains about the ten-year old boy Mickey Vernon who is talented and wants to follow in his father's footsteps. It will take true confidence, "ganas". You will enjoy reading about friendship, courage to believe in yourself, and to never give up hope. Sticks explains a way to solve problems and learn about it. Mickey's biggest goal was to beat 13 year old bully Buck Pender and win the pool hall tournament. With his friends Arlen, Francine, and even Arlen's pet pgi Mangler helping, he is sure to succeed. With three problems between them all, they're going to find someway to solve their troubles and learn valuable lessons. Mickey has to learn pool from the only person he has left, his father's best friend Joseph Alvarez. Unfortunately, Mickey's mother has her concerns about this. Will Mickey win the tournament and once and for all will Buck stop bullying him?? Read this special pool story and find-out. If you lvoe any games, or sports, you'll love Sticks.
It's alright....  Feb 24, 2005
A story of a boy who tries to live in the shadow of his dead father. The main character lives with his mother as he tries to figure out who he is. His best friend is a whiz at math and helps him to learn and understand the angles of pool. An old friend of the boy's deceased father comes back into the picutre, much to the dismay of the main character's mother. Toward the end of the book the boy enters a local pool tournament and has to go up against some stiff competition. The book's end is so predictable that its like walking outside to see clouds in the sky. Still a fairly good read with a handful of boring sections. Get through the boring parts for a good book.
If you haven't read this book, READ IT!  Mar 3, 2004
For a person who likes to play pool, this is a good book to read. If you dont really like to play pool, this is still an incredible book. This book is by a fantastic author and she wrote this book like she was the main character. When I read this book I didnt really like to play pool but when I was reading this book I could veiw all the book and when they were playing pool in the book it seemed like I was one of the fans watching the game. It is kind of sad when it talks about the kids dad dieing but when his best friend comes and teaches him like his dad taught his friend it cheered the boy up and he got really good at the sport pool and started to win alot more games and their is this one boy who the boy hated he might of beat but your going to have to read the book to find out what happens to the boy and other awesome events. I will have to stop writing now or I'm going to spoil the book for you.
Mickey's Pool Hall  Apr 26, 2002
Hey! People if you want an exciting and extraordinarily funny, but realistic fiction story by the great author named Joan Bauer, I recommend the book Sticks. The 2 boys in the book are the main characters. Mickey Vernon is 10 has freckles, blisters on his finger sand Arlen Pepper has glasses, carries his calculator, and a protractor that why everyone called him the math wiz. He is very intelligent with any kind of math and science. Ever day Vernon always got beaten the big fat bully named Buck Pender.

Once in the pool hall of Cruckston, New Jersey [Where Mickey's family lived] when Mickey was young, he wanted to be the pool best player like his dad who had died. Arlen and Mickey are searching for secrets of pool. One day Vernon `s grandmother Poppy stuck up a poster that said," 10 to 13 Year Old Pool Tournament". Absolutely. Mickey was going to join, but he'll have to be much better in pool because Buck is joining, too. Days went by, but something strange happened at the pool hall. When Mickey is practicing pool a man with reddish beard came to Mickey and tells him that Mickey will win the tournament. The next morning day when Arlen and Mickey are walking Buck and his ugly friends came to block Mickey and Arlen from walking. The man from the pool hall came with his green truck and scared the bully off. One day that man came to the pool hall and talk to Ruthie [Mickey's Mother]. Mickey and his sister Camille were watching them as they talk. Then Ruthie introduce the man to Mickey and Camille who his name is Joseph Alveraz one of Mickey's dad best friends. Mickey rushed to him and asked him if he can teach him pool? He said, "Yes". Ruthie sigh and said, "Okay". They both together play Ping Pong and archery to make Mickey focus. Days went by until something bad happened. Joseph has to go to someplace away from New Jersey, before leaving he said not to play a single match with Buck. What do you know? Mickey didn't obeyed Joseph's command. He played a game with Buck and loses and other bad news Mickey broke his left arm because Buck slammed him on the floor. The doctor said it will cure in 3 weeks and real bad news that the day that the tournament is starting. Will our Mickey Vernon be able to practice only for a week to win the tournament? If you want to know, go ahead buy the book Sticks by Joan Bauer and you'll not be bored ever.


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