Toothpick | Teen Ink


January 19, 2012
By SaskiaHarpe, Hilversum, Other
SaskiaHarpe, Hilversum, Other
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Ben is an autistic teenager who lives with his mother. He arrives home one day to find that his young cousin has ruined the elaborate toothpick zoo that he had spent many years creating. He is so angry, he grabs the boy around the neck and squeezes until pried loose. He is reported to the authorities by his aunt and made to leave home and attend a school which will help him deal with his condition. While there he meets a new friend, Sadie.
Sadie is at the school because she is bi-polar. She has been there for many years, and shows Ben all the tricks. She discovers his great talent for using toothpicks to make animals and encourages him to create them again. They become best friends and start to fall in love. But, Sadie also has a dark secret.



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SoGrace BRONZE said...
on Nov. 22 2016 at 9:07 am
SoGrace BRONZE, Providence, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
Live Life To The Fullest

good job!!!!!!

Tafkas SILVER said...
on May. 6 2013 at 1:01 pm
Tafkas SILVER, Monrovia, California
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Favorite Quote:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him will have eternal life." John 3:16 <3
"Act your age, not your shoe size." ~PRINCE
"Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind."

What a marvelous book! This was really well-written. I love how consistent you kept your characters - and Ben - Ben was so endearing. The ending was wonderful - I read the whole book in one sitting. I wish there were even more! Great job!