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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period | [Gennifer Choldenko]

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

For Kirsten McKenna, the world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has come under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. Only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side. Meanwhile, for Walker Jones, the 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.
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For Kirsten McKenna, the world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has come under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. Only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side.

For Walker Jones, the 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. (Walk keeps telling her, "Don't have to worry, Momma. Before I go bad I'll let you know, send a Hallmark card ready-made for the occasion. 'On the eve your son messes up'.")

But Walk is a good kid. So is his new friend, Matteo, though no one knows why Matteo will do absolutely anything that hot blonde Brianna asks of him.

Then, Kirsten discovers something that shakes her and Walk to their cores.

©2007 Gennifer Choldenko; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Choldenko's talent for characters and conversation brings the two voices instantly to life in alternating points of view." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The issues raised are spot-on for this age group....[an] under-the-microscope examination of the often cruel, always dramatic dynamics of junior high." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 10-05-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 10-05-09 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    Amazing how adults can screw up kids lives. Anyway, while I don't believe these characters are 7th graders, I can believe they are teens. And they have certainly been dealt a bad hand in this game. Making the best of things is their way of life and I laughed considerably while they did this. I saw the plot coming long before it happened. If you like this book then you should get the Ariadne Meyers narrated books by
    Sarah Mlynowski. Start with Bras and Broomsticks. Not only will you laugh about being a teen again, but Ariadne Meyers was great.

    I enjoyed Francois Battiste in this book. I'll look for books he has narrated in the future.

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