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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:family relationships, coming of age, mystery

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For Elise, nothing has seemed right since middle school started. She gets tortured by her locker partner and can't get her homework done. A new baby moves into her house, interrupting her wonderful life with uncle Hugh and at Bessie. Worst of all, things with her best friend, Franklin, I just not the same as they used to be. ( )
  jepeters333 | Mar 30, 2015 |
3.5 stars rating... better than average, but not lingers-with-you-afterwards. I read this with my daughters (5th and 7th graders) and, while 15 minutes several night a week makes this a longer than it should be read, we easily came back into the story after not reading for a day or two and slipped right back into Elise's story. Appropriate for children making transitions into Middle school -- it is an awkward, uncertain, uneasy time for many to go from their known world of elementary school to the unknown world of middle school. Elise didn't make all the right choices and had to make amends for her errors. Of course, by the end, friends, emotions and school/studies were back in the right "place". ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
RGG: A wonderful story with the vibe of Bridge to Terabithia (not quite so sad), but thoughtful middle-grade self-discovery: falling out of friendship, a new school, being bullied, not getting homework done. A must-read. Interest: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 17, 2014 |
RGG: A wonderful story with the vibe of Bridge to Terabithia (not quite so sad), but thoughtful middle-grade self-discovery: falling out of friendship, a new school, being bullied, not getting homework done. A must-read. Interest: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 17, 2014 |
A very nice little read about friendship and what it's like to be a kid on the way to growing up. I wouldn't call it a "coming-of-age" story, because Elise is only 11, but she does learn a lot about growing up in general.

When Elise was depressed and miserable, I genuinely felt depressed and miserable. Those parts really were well done. Other times, she wasn't so believable. Near the beginning, I had a hard time understanding exactly how old she was supposed to be. Sometimes she felt really young and then she'd act older and I just wasn't sure. Maybe that was the point, since she herself gets confused about who she is.

Franklin's cool. He has my approval. Elise's family also has my approval. They're all very cool. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Aug 22, 2014 |
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The trouble all started right before the first day of sixth grade, the last time Franklin and I played Knights. Knights works like this: we get our swords, we head out to the woods, and we go on chivalrous missions to battle ghost knights.
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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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