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Breaking, 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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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 1-4395-5044-1 / 978-1-4395-5044-1 (USA edition)
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June 2005 : USA Library Binding
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-7569-5783-4 / 978-0-7569-5783-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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May 2005 : USA Library Binding
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 1-4176-8808-4 / 978-1-4176-8808-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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September 2002 : USA Turtleback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-606-24831-5 / 978-0-606-24831-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-399-23752-6 / 978-0-399-23752-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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April 2002 : USA Library Binding
Title: Sticks PB
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-7807-7505-8 / 978-0-7807-7505-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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April 2002 : USA Library Binding
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-613-85669-4 / 978-0-613-85669-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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October 1999 : USA Library Binding
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-613-02198-3 / 978-0-613-02198-2 (USA edition)
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August 1997 : USA Turtleback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-606-11912-4 / 978-0-606-11912-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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May 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-385-32165-1 / 978-0-385-32165-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

June 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-14-240428-4 / 978-0-14-240428-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Speak
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April 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-698-11933-9 / 978-0-698-11933-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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July 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-440-41387-7 / 978-0-440-41387-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling
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Audio Editions

January 1996 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
ISBN: 0-7887-0600-4 / 978-0-7887-0600-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Inc.
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Kindle Editions

June 2005 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Sticks
Author(s): Joan Bauer
Publisher: Speak
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