Shane s new novel in verse, Stickboy, is narrated by a boy who, after enduring years of bullying from his classmates, finally snaps andbecomes a bully himself. The title is a reference to both the old sticks and stones saying, and the narrator s feeling of being made of sticks ofdynamite waiting to explode. This tale, based on Shane s childhood experiences with bullying, is as beautiful as it is haunting. And it reminds usthat although we can assume any role bully, victim, or passive observer ultimately, we must each choose where we stand...

With cyber-bullying on the rise, this is truly a timely and important book for all ages and backgrounds: students, parents, teachers, and more. It issure to ignite lively debate and discussion about bullying in our society and what we can do about it.