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Eight Keys (edition 2012)

by Suzanne LaFleur

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Title:Eight Keys
Authors:Suzanne LaFleur
Info:Yearling (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:school, bullying, family, death, keys, rooms, parents, secrets, chapter book, realistic fiction, farm, love

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Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

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"Eight Keys" by Suzanne LaFleur unlocked a hidden surprise! Elise's twelfth birthday is just around the corner. She is hoping that when she turns twelve, something will finally happen that was good in her life for once. Her parents both died when she was little, and she needs some happiness sprinkled upon her. But, boy was she wrong. Elise has just started middle school, and everything is a mess. Her mean locker partner, Amanda; squashes her lunch EVERYDAY and constantly makes fun of her, and her best friend Franklin. Things haven't been so good between her and Franklin lately, either. Ever since Amanda bullied Elise for all the scabs on her legs that she got from playing "knights" in the woods with Franklin, things went downhill. Elise was embarrassed that people thought she was hanging around with such a baby. And on top of that, something even worse happens and Franklin ends up taking all the blame; which pushes their friendship even farther apart. Then a very nice girl named Caroline comes along and Elise starts to enjoy life again. But will things ever be the same between her and Franklin? Will Amanda ever feel a taste of her own medicine for once? And who has been leaving her these weird keys? Read this book to find out if one of the mysterious eight keys Elise finds along the way can unlock the door to happiness. ( )
  br14doen | Oct 26, 2013 |
Fans of [a:Wendy Mass|99650|Wendy Mass|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1235153849p2/99650.jpg] will love Elise's story. While the puzzle that she's solving from her deceased father is reminiscent of [b:Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life|363851|Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life|Wendy Mass|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174114398s/363851.jpg|2621692], the issues that Elise faces and LaFleur's fully-realized characters make this a lovely story in its own right. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
In this coming-of-age story Elise moves into middle school and re-evaluates her relationships with her family, her long-time friend Franklin and the new kids in her new school. It is also the year she discovers the keys that unlock the 8 doors in the barn and learns about life from her father who died when she was three. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
This is a young adult book geared towards middle schoolers. The main character is Elise, an 11 year old girl being raised by her aunt and uncle. Elise's mother died the day Elise was born and her father died of cancer just a few years later, while she was still a tot. As the story begins, Elise and her lifelong friend, Frankln, are starting 6th grade at middle school. Things start off badly the first day when Elise is bullied by Amanda, her lockermate. The bullying intensifies, and Elise blames Frankin for making them both appear to be 'babies'. (Amanda is a regular 'mean girl' who made me want to get mean and smack her!) Elise's school work and friendship with Franklin suffer. She also begins to question her place in the world. 'Do her aunt and uncle feel 'stuck' with her?' 'Did her mom love her and think she was worth dying for?' 'WAS she worth dying for?'
The whole time Elise has lived with her aunt and uncle, she has known about 8 rooms on the upper floor of the barn that she was not allowed to enter. She always assumed it was some equipment belonging to her uncle. On her 12th birthday, she finds a key with her name, and soon realizes it belongs to one of the rooms. It turns out that her father loved puzzle and when he realized he would not be around to watch Elise grow up, he set up this puzzle for her. There are 8 keys to the 8 rooms. As the story proceeds, Elise learns not only what is in each room, but about her self and her place in the world. This was a quick, easy read for me, and I think most middle school students would also find it easy to read and relate to the story well. ( )
  Time2Read2 | Mar 31, 2013 |
an enjoyable book that introduces the reader to a young girl Elise who is struggling to deal with the emotional changes that pubertal change brings. Elise is being reared by her aunt and uncle as her birth mother dies not long after her birth and her father died from cancer when she was a toddler. Before he died her dad set up eight rooms in the barn for Elise to unlock when the 'time was right'. Elise is being bullied at school and her best friend Frankiln no longer seems cool to her. Elise finds the first key and unlocks the first door; this leads her to discover more about who she is and how she fits into the scheme of things. A journey of self discovery which allows Elise to gain self confidence and begin to achieve. ( )
  rata | Feb 10, 2013 |
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Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them.  There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.
When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish.  Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . . .

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When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope.

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