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Lenhard, Elizabeth. Chicks with Sticks: It's a Purl Thing.

LENHARD, Elizabeth. Chicks with sticks (it's a purl thing.) Penguin, Dutton. 241p. c2005. 0-525-47622-9. $15.99. J

Okay, this sounds like a weird story--how knitting knits together friendships and unravels tension. (Sorry.) Four girls, with different personalities and interests, discover knitting. And they become obsessive knitters, getting together to do their projects. They aren't the typical craft-loving types, and they aren't girls who would necessarily have found each other to become friends. It all starts when Scottie is sitting Shiva for her beloved aunt, feeling miserable, when an elderly relative introduces her to knitting. She discovers that the knitting eases her misery, helps her to get to sleep, and gives her something to do when she is all stressed out. That's the beginning. The four girls find a mentor at the local yarn shop, KnitWit, which becomes a haven from their (slightly) troubled lives.

This is witty and warm-hearted. I'm not sure how it could be introduced to YA readers, but perhaps reading a passage aloud in a book talk might do the trick. The title alone gives a sense of the entertainment value of this story. Claire Rosser, KLIATT
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Author:Rosser, Claire
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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