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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

by Gennifer Choldenko

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Cliques; friendship; family dynamics; eating disorder ( )
  MsBigfoot | Mar 19, 2016 |
Kirsten has issues. She's gained weight and worries about the size of
her butt. Her best friend Rory is cozying up to the school queen bees
who make Kirsten feel bad about herself. And her parents have been
arguing and fighting a lot lately. Walk is new to Kirsten's private school. Previously he attended City, not the best school for a smart boy like himself. It is not easy being one of the few black students in school; a lot of comments and looks make him feel suspect. His mother Sylvia drills into him the importance of working twice as hard as anyone else to prove himself. Kirsten's and Walk's lives collide when they find out Kirsten's dad is also Walk's biological father and he has funded Walk's attendance at the private school. This revelation and discussions about adult relationships and being pregnant and single may not be appropriate for certain families, but it certainly happens and some kids are savvy to it. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Young Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the book, but didn’t love it. Its ongoing and suspenseful plot kept to turning the pages. The main characters’ feelings were enhanced by their realization of who they are, and the striking differences between them and other people. A lot of the concepts mentioned in this book are related to family problems. The parents fight, the kids worry, then everybody lives happily ever after. My favorite part of the story was when Kirsten’s dad Mac, told her that she could fix things. She didn’t believe in herself throughout the book, but with the trust of her dad, Kirsten really thought she could do it. And she did. I recommend this book to readers who love a good story about family history secrets. Also, if you enjoy reading the kinds of things popular girls in schools do their classmates, then this book is for you too.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Because the story is told by the two main characters, readers get different perspectives of what's happening. That helps add to the suspense.

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  TheReadingTub | Jan 7, 2014 |
Great read-- realistic characters, and I liked that the parents didn't end up divorced. Their situation was a little more nuanced.

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  JenGennari | Apr 6, 2013 |
Only made it through 20 pages. Neither of the main characters felt at all authentic to me. Bummed, cause I loved Al Capone Does My Shirts! ( )
  wwrawson | Mar 31, 2013 |
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To my editor, Kathy Dawson, who reads between the lines, between the letters, and even between the dot on the i and the stroke itself.
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This is lame but I'm actually looking forward to school this year, because every day this summer was like crap: dog crap, cat crap--I even had a few elephant crap days.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152057536, Hardcover)

Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. It seems like only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side.     
Walker's goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. But he's a good kid. So is his friend Matteo, though no one knows why he’ll do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him.
But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them both to the core. Fast paced, marvelously funny, and brutally honest, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period touches on universal truths about human nature.

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Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.… (more)

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