Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

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Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .

After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James-resident drama coach and drama queen-needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April's fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue-if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it's Myra Sue. Plus, she's dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that's not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .

Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 143 x 216 x 19mm | 271g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • 1400318262
  • 9781400318261
  • 912,919

Rating details

256 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (87)
3 15% (38)
2 5% (13)
1 1% (2)

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What April Grace was experiencing was something tweens can relate to. Even us readers who aren't in their teens anymore can too! The setting, the atmosphere and the speech gave that authentic Southern feel which I really liked. This book imparts a lot of lessons through April Grace's experiences. Maybe sometimes change is good, that being in a clique is not fun, that maybe having different friends and ideas and likes is all part of growing up. I find myself laughing quite a bit because of April Grace. She's a good kid, and even though some of her ideas and thoughts get her into trouble, you couldn't help but love her because of her bright personality and how she was able to deal with an overbearing neighbor, a spoiled sister and a changing family without letting all of these problems get into her. Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks is a Christian fiction book, but it's not preachy. If you worry about reading that kind of book, that's not the case with this one. It's got the right amount of things about the Christian faith and God woven into it. K.D. McCrite crafted such a charming book with engaging characters that it would be hard to not like this!show more
by Kai Agito
liques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks is about April Grace and her life. April's life was full of action - or problems. Her family was helping a couple - Isabel and Ian - and letting them stay at their house. Isabel was overly dramatic and problematic in general. After the accident, things were bound to be messier. On top of that, her mother was acting weird and looking really sick. Her sister, Myra Sue was obsessed with Isabel. Middle Grade wasn't exactly how April thought it would be. The beginning of the novel was a bit slow for me. I would've wanted to dive into the novel right away. I think it would have been better if the author started with April first. The transition from elementary school to middle grade was not as smooth as she would like it to be. Suddenly, everyone she knew transformed into total strangers. Her classmates from elementary started acting strange (for her,) trying to be cool. One of her friends, Lottie, leader of the mean girl clique, acted as if they've never been friends. Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks presented common issues and problems that tweens and teens will be able to relate to. April's voice was distinct throughout the novel. I felt a sense of familiarity as I read the novel, as if I was just watching a TV Show. I noticed that some readers find 'preachy' novels awkward to read. Don't worry, this isn't one of them. At times I found myself stopping, disengaged from the story but all in all, Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks is a light read injected with drama and humor. I recommend this to tweens, teens and people who like realistic more
by Precious
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