A Bundle of Sticks

Winner of The Mark Twain Award, The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and The Washington State Governor's Award

Ben Tyler hates to fight and Boyd Bradshaw knows it. When Boyd makes Ben eat mud at the bus stop, Ben's father decides that it's time for him to learn to defend himself. The thought of learning to fight makes Ben's stomach hurt, but he's willing to try anything to stop Boyd's bullying. When Ben discovers that he won't have to smash boards or throw people across the room, he decides that his Kajukenbo lessons might not be so bad. But even with his new self-defense skills, Ben doesn't believe he can stand up to Boyd until the day the bully kicks Ben's dog. Not only does Ben overcome his fears, he discovers a new kind of strength, one that was inside him all along.

Written for children ages 9 and up, A Bundle of Sticks is an honest, funny and sometimes painful look at how one boy overcomes his fears and stands up to the schoolyard bully.

Author: Pat Mauser McCord

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover


Mauser’s “boy vs. bully” theme is familiar but enhanced by the Eastern philosophies that offer interesting perspectives
— Booklist