Sticky Books


Four Miles to Pinecone


by Jon Hassler

We’re continuing our youth books in June. I don’t want to children’s books, because they’re a little bit older than that, but they’re also too young for Young Adult. What’s this genre called? Somebody help me out.

Honestly, I have no idea why this book has stuck with me since I was young. I haven’t picked it up again since I was about 10 and I even had forgotten most of the plot. I just recall a young man witnessing a crime and being stuck in the middle of nowhere. In fact, I had remembered the title of this book as Thirteen Miles to Pinecone for 20-some years now. I didn’t even remember the title right! 

And yet, Four Miles to Pinecone has stuck with me for this long. It was thrilling and captivating and emotional. I’m sure it being set in my hometown made it all the more exciting for me, but something about it jarred me when I was a young boy. That’s all I remember. 

Alas, there are no quotes from the book I could find online, and I don’t have the book anymore myself, so I couldn’t pull quotes I enjoyed. I’m sure there aren’t very many really quotable lines anyway. So instead this week, here’s the embedded sample of the book. Try it on for size yourself.





Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

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