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If A Tree Falls At Lunch Break

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  2,246 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
Kirsten's world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to each other and her 'best friend' has fallen under the spell of queen bee, Brianna. For Walker the goal is simply to survive in his new private school. Then Kirsten discovers something that will affect both her and Walker.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 21st 2008 by Bloomsbury UK (first published September 1st 2007)
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Nov 11, 2007 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, middle-school
Told from the points of view of Kirsten and Walk, 7th graders from different backgrounds who find they have something unexpected in common. The resolution is strong and believable, but the real charms of the story are the build-up and characters. Definitely one to reread.
In my magical journey through children's literature, I rarely come across much writing dealing with the other end of an eating disorder. In this here book, the author of the acclaimed, (but unread, at least by me) Al Capone Does My Shirts touches on the emotional roots of overeating. Kristen is a sheltered & affluent kid, but of course that doesn't mean she won't have problems. Sadly, food becomes her means of dealing with her parent's obviously dissolving relationship.

Kristen's mantra at th
Jan 04, 2008 Jacqui rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this one at the library since it was written by Gennifer and I really liked Al Capone, but I was somewhat disappointed. She pulled plot points out of no where.
Yeah, no I did not like this one. Characters were bland stereotypes. I thought the major plot twist about 2/3 through would save it, but it only emphasized the incomplete ending. The author expects too much of her readers (think: what is my demographic?) with her abrupt ending. Perhaps she is crafting herself a sequel, but still. Also, the chapters are alternately narrated which is usually a technique that works... except in this novel. Kristen's chapters are in the 1st person while Walker's are ...more
Jul 09, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book so much, but it totally captured me, resulting in me staying up later than I should've because I had to read more.

One thing I really like about this book is that the author lets the little moments be. There are many times in the book where a character will do or say something that strikes you hard and leaves an imprint, but they aren't persued to death, which I found really nice.

The characters in this book are very well done. I actually got REALLY an
Jul 21, 2008 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do wish Goodreads allowed you to give half stars, because I really only want to give this three and a half--but I'm erring on the side of generosity, because I think Choldenko is such a terrific writer. This is the third novel of hers I have read and really enjoyed. Top marks still go to "Notes from a Liar and Her Dog" (which also wins my prize for Worst All-Time Parents in a middle years novel, although Kirsten's mother in this one veers close at times!).

Choldenko handles school dynamics real
Beth Ann
Aug 05, 2011 Beth Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book frustrates me. I wanted to really like it. The characters were likable, and unfortunately for me, easy to relate to. I was the fat kid in school, too. (granted, now I am the fat adult, but that is another story.) So I understood what Kristy was going through. But the story was awkward and frustrating. Like, why choose to write in 2 voices (Kristy's story and Walk's story) but have one speak in first person, but the other not? It was weird. Also the end felt like she just picked a rando ...more
Anne Crotty
Oct 22, 2011 Anne Crotty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-lit
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Jul 14, 2012 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: getting-rid-of
I hated this book, I had to read it for school and I love to read but when I read this only a few words came to mind, racist, non christian, bullying, bad behavior, foul language, literal. I didn't like it. Any kids that are out there, don't read this. All the boys going into 7th grade like me had to read this, and boy they will be asking questions about stuff now after reading this. My friend asked me which summer reading book she should read, I told her not this one then she said I was going t ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance
This book is about the young teenager Kirsten who is having trouble with her parents fighting and when the school year starts up to a very bad start, it only gets worse. The popular but mean girl Brianna thinks she owns Kirsten and her best friend Rory, making them addicted to her. But Kirsten doesn't take long to snap out of the trance, when Brianna insults Kirsten's size. You would think she finally got rid of all her trouble when Brianna is gone, but she discovers something much worse after t ...more
Emily Qian
Mar 12, 2013 Emily Qian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kirsten Mckenna's world is crumbling. Her parents have been arguing non-stop and are barely speaking to each other. Plus, her best friend Rory has come under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. Kirsten's younger science geek sister is her only ally in a world full of enemies.

For Walker Jones, the shining goal is to survive at the 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 hav
Aug 05, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started to be good in the beginning. One thing I can say I didn't really like was when they switched to Walk's POV, it was in third person, meanwhile Kirsten's POV was in first person. The story got better when the plot took a surprising turn that I definitely did not expect. But after that towards the ending, it goes downhill because the ending is not good. I can definitely say the author did not end this book properly, at least not to my satisfaction.

Anyway I thought this book was pr
Oct 06, 2013 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I shouldn't be surprised by anything Gennifer Choldenko achieves. She demonstrated clearly in her first novel, 2005 Newbery Honoree Al Capone Does My Shirts, that she can tell a story equally measured to put readers in fits of laughter and give them chills with its deeper meaning, strains of harmonic sound lightly wafting on the breeze and recalling to mind the best of Cynthia Kadohata and Barbara Park. I shouldn't have been surprised, then, to find such fine writing and memorable story in If a ...more
May 08, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was browsing the audiobooks section of the library and happened upon this book, by the author of another book I've been interested in reading for a few years now: Al Capone does my Shirts. I hadn't heard of this one, but it also seemed to have an interesting title, so I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately, this whole story was really messed up, in my opinion. There are plenty of periods in my life that are nostalgic for me. I remember them with fondness and sometimes feel a wish to return ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, by Gennifer Choldenko, was an unusually quick read for me. The story could be summed up like this (inspired by the Book-A-Minute Website):

I don’t want friends.

(various EVENTS occur between main characters and co-characters)

I discovered a long lost secret related to the two of us.

Really? I don’t believe you.

(KIRSTEN patches things up)

Kirsten/Walk + Their Families
We are in peace now.


Elise Huffman
Summary- Kirsten is having lots of problems with her life. She is overweight, and her friends are turning on her. Rory has started hanging out with the popular group at school and tried to invite Kirsten to be their friend, but they made fun of her because she was fat. She thinks that her parents are getting a divorce, and so does Kippy, her little sister. Her main friends are Walk, Matteo, Rory, and Kippy. She soon finds out that her parents have been keeping a secret from her for a long time. ...more
Cassie Kugel
Sep 10, 2014 Cassie Kugel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about this girl that is having a tough time during her first year of high school. She is being picked on and she has a problem with food. The important characters are: Walker and Kirsten. Walker is a tall guy and his mother is very protective over her new car and she makes sure it doesn't get a single dent or scratch every time she gets in and out of the car. Kirsten, her family is a normal family she has a sister named Kippy, she lives with her mom and dad and they consistently figh ...more
Morgan Zickefoose
Dec 02, 2014 Morgan Zickefoose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book If The Tree Falls At Lunch Period this book is about a girl named Kirsten and a guy named Walk. Kirsten's life is complicated she is struggling with fitting in at school and at home her parents are fighting. Walk is the new kid at school and is having a tuff time with the people he thinks he can trust. Near the end of this book theirs a surprising twist that Walk and Kirsten don't know about each other that their parents have been keeping from them since they were born.
Kirsten wanted to have friends just like all the other kids in her school. But one day her one and only friend betrays her for one of the popular kids in school. So Kirsten does every thing she can to fit in the new group even though she does not share many similarities with the other kids in that group. Then one day she gets blamed for something she didn't do which changes her life forever. This is a story of Betrayal, friendship trouble, and self acceptance.
Isabella Malek
All Kirsten wants is for things to go back to the way they were before summer started, but now her parents are hardly on speaking terms, and something fishy's going on with her best friend Rory and school queen bee, Brianna. Kirsten meets a new student named Walker, and together, they find out something that their parents have always tried to hide. If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period is a story of truth, acceptance and friendship.
Alejandra torres
I think if a tree falls at lunch period is a great book because it's a book that's a funny thing to read and you should read it because it will make you love the book and will make you love it in a second.i will, recommend this to briana soto. and to others.
Poleth Mercado
May 27, 2015 Poleth Mercado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was so AMAZING!! I loved everything about this book because it's so funny and also shocking at some points of the story. Throughout the story I got really mad because there's a girl named Brianna in the book that is such a faker, and is so mean to the main characters Kristen and Walk. Other than that the book has it's twists and turns which is quite suspenseful. I really recommend this book to people who like books that are funny, shocking and like reading about how junior high is crue ...more
Kayin Hammond
Feb 19, 2016 Kayin Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it has a good storyline.
I recommend it to people who like stories about people who have something about themselves they don't like. And to people who like good storylines.
Jul 29, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it! Nothing Earth shattering, but enjoyable story with wide array of characters. Some mature themes featured in the book.
I buddy read this book and I was really looking forward to reading it. There are lots of major events and climaxes in this story but at the end, I felt like everything was starting to become a coincidence. The way the story was building up, but the way the story ended was really disappointing. The book was like a roller coaster, on your way up you were doubting it, going down (plot) was a thriller, but at the end, it just comes to an abrupt stop. I think that a great book should send a strong me ...more
Samantha Roman
I think that the book If Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko captures what would happen if a colored kid went to a white rich kid school,it also tells the reader what would happen if poor kids went to a rich kids school.I enjoyed that in most parts in the book the author has the ability to make the reader understand what the characters are going through and their struggles.My favorite part about the story is that the story has realistic characters and a realistic story plot like Kri ...more
Amy Del Cid
Oct 07, 2016 Amy Del Cid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I can really relate to the main idea, life can be tough, especially when you have to balance your school life with your personal life. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! ;-)
Oct 12, 2016 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would you want to read something funny, interesting, and realistic? Then you should read “If A Tree Falls At Lunch Period.” It is about the two main characters: Walk and Kirsten. Kirsten comes from a smart family. Her father is a doctor, but her mom is a stay at home mom. Her younger sister, Kippy, is also intelligent like her dad. Kirsten is just...average. Walk's family is also average. Although, Walk is very intelligent. His mother Sylvia, hopes he would not turn out like his cousin, Jamal. ...more
Reagan Waggoner
this book was somewhat confusing because if how it switched points of view every chapter. But the thing i liked most about this book is that it takes place in middle school so I can somewhat relate to it!
Mira Das
The beginning was really well written, but I think the author ruined the end by adding to much information.
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How did a girl named Snot-Nose end up publishing children’s books?

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I am the youngest of four kids, all of whom have big mouths. We were so loud, that once a lady asked my brother if our mother was deaf.

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