Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away.
Emily is misunderstood and disliked by what seems to be every other child her age and on topof it all, she is overweight. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance, though she cannot stay long. In this magical garden, Emily meets Phea and finds that she is not the only one looking for an escape. Together they battle their inner most demons.
Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These two lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are both lost forever.
Read at the request of the author.
I had originally rated this four stars, but after some consideration and reflection, I’ve decided it’s more of a 3.5rating for me. This is by no means a bad rating. I found Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea a quick and easy read.
Because of the size of the book, it doesn’t give time to get to know the characters, or connect with them that much. Whilst I did like Emily and enjoyed her development through the story, I found myself sort of detached. One character I really did enjoy was Phyllda Eaton and of course, Phea, considering they were the same person, and I loved reading about her childhood and her connection with the trunk.
The plot revolved around acceptance, Emily accepting herself, knowing Phea, Phea accepting herself, and thus an important lesson in self-esteem. Whilst this is probably more suitable for younger teens and children, I think you’ll find older teens and adults may also find it an enjoyable read.
RATING: ★★★★☆ (Actually 3.5)