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Books and Art by Kimberly Vogel

Sticks and Stones Stories

 It's not a series per say. It's a collection of stories about bullying, whether from teens doing it to each other or adults doing it to teens. It's about the preciousness of each person in and of themselves.


There are nine stories about the students at Lemoyne High School: The Sinking Stone, Like a Rock, Ripples of the Skipping Stone, The Groaning Stone, The Twisted Stone, The Cracked Stone, A Balancing Stone, Counting Stones, and A Settled Stone.


All of the stories are contained in the collection Sticks and Stones: Stories 1-9 as both a print book and eBook.


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Family Saga, Bullying, Reconciliation


Each single book and the complete collection is published through Lulu.

Sticks and Stones: Stories 1-9

         The collection starts with a new student arriving at the high school in Lemoyne and it ends with another student transferring out. Between those times a set of students go through daily life. The social dynamics make for interesting events, whether or not the students get along.


(The combination print book & eBook holds all nine stories: The Sinking Stone, Like a Rock, Ripples of the Skipping Stone, The Groaning Stone, The Twisted Stone, The Cracked Stone, A Balancing Stone, Counting Stones, & A Settled Stone)


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Family Saga, Bullying, Reconciliation 


The individual books' descriptions are below:

The Sinking Stone: 

Story 01

     As if moving to a new city wasn't hard enough, Ricky managed to get on the bad side of the high school's most popular teen. Rocky doesn't hide his anger. The only safety Ricky seems to have is his music, but that won't stop the bullying. Not even his fellow friends Eddie and Aster can help. Ricky has to stand up for himself. How can he without getting more trouble?


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Bullying, Friendship

Like a Rock: 

Story 02

   Rocky wants to be just like every other teen, loved by his parents and admired by his peers. He does what he can as a good boy but it never seems to be enough. When a new kid comes to school it just seems to be the end for him. Everything that Ricky does gets under Rocky’s skin. Perfection isn’t easy and Rocky’s starting to crack under the pressure...


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Bullying, Sports 

Ripples of the Skipping Stone: 

Story 03

     Aster is a latchkey kid. She lives with her divorced mother. The mother's worries that she might leave just like her father did brings no small amount of trouble to the teen. Her mother's overbearing nature always seems to mess things up when Aster tries to make friends. Hopefully Aster can keep home and school separate without completely losing herself.


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Bullying, Friendship 

The Groaning Stone: 

Story 04

     Eddie is the youngest son of three brothers. Most of the time he's trying to make his own way in the world. When Jonas and Blaine return, Eddie finds himself trying to make himself important again.


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Family Saga 

The Twisted Stone: 

Story 05

   Ryan is the best friend of the high school's most popular teen. Involved in many activities, Ryan is popular in his own right. Despite all of his accomplishments, he isn't happy. The lingering sadness from his mother's recent passing makes him search for more. In that search there is always the hope he might find someone to love too...


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Romance, Bullying 

The Cracked Stone: 

Story 06

   Paige is living with her cousin after her parents' deaths. Although she's found a house to live in, it doesn't quite seem like home. At school Paige has friends, but she also has enemies. Trying to balance the two doesn't always go well. Sometimes the roles get thrown into opposite positions.


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Family Saga, Bullying 

A Balancing Stone: 

Story 07

    Jaiden and Steven are close friends. Both are the products of single parent homes. Through life's ups and downs they try and support each other. Right now Jaiden really needs the support. Hopefully his broken arm will be fully healed soon, but until then Steven is trying not to leave his friend behind. The change in their activities leaves little time to be together, though. And then Jaiden's mom brings home a surprise from work...


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Family Saga, Sports

Counting Stones: 

Story 08

    Gabriella, Aubrey, and Jules are all juniors. They live on the same floor of an apartment complex, so they're often together. Despite that, they end up in different circles once they enter the Lemoyne high school. Right now the school play is at the center of attention, although midterms are right after it. The senior director, Pamela, hopes for a smooth production. With all of the different personalities involved it's going to be a tough thing, but not impossible.


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Orphan, Graduation, School Play 

A Settled Stone: 

Story 09

   Amanda is a senior at the Lemoyne high school. She has many aspirations, including entering either the police force or the army after graduation. While her future looks bright, she still has to make it to the end of high school. There are rumors of the war to the north crossing into their country, though. Will she and her friends survive it?


- Fiction, Teen Fiction, School, Graduation, Dropout

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