Now coming onto the field, your Screaming Falcons:
Captain Abby Putnam – good girl descended directly from famous Salem accuser Ann Putnam
Jen Fiorenza – top bitch co-captain whose hair style, affectionally called “The Claw,” is a character unto itself
Mel Bouche – French Canadian goalie who’s probably a lesbian but then again, maybe not
A.J. Johnson – the one African American team member, she is on a mission to remove Huck Finn from all English classes
Sue Yoon – she wows the school with her portrayal of Tituba in the drama club’s production of The Crucible
Acclaimed novelist Quan Barry delivers a tour de female force in this delightful novel. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts, where the accusations began that led to the 1692 witch trials, We Ride Upon Sticks follows the 1989 Danvers High School Falcons field hockey team, who will do anything to make it to the state finals—even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with 1980s iconography—from Heathers to “big hair”—Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective progress of this enchanted team as they storm their way through an unforgettable season.
Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza (whose bleached blond “Claw” sees and knows all), the Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society’s stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.