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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

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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
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2007)
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Suzanne
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
Holly
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
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
Stephanie
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
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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.
Erin
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
Anne Crotty
Oct 22, 2011 Anne Crotty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-lit
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Lisa
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
Natalie
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
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Judith
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
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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
Shervin
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.
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.
Ashley
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
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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
Kaitlyn Kopyar
Mar 25, 2015 Kaitlyn Kopyar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Gennifer Choldenko

Kirsten McKenna and Walker Jones live two completely different lives. For Kirsten everything is going fine, until the school year starts and her ex best friend is ditching her for the popular kids, and her parents are too busy fighting to even acknowledge her presence anymore. For Walk, he is forced into a white private school by his mom. He doesn't go in with the brightest attitude, but eventually meets his best friend. But, is there something mo
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Lindsey
Jun 26, 2015 Lindsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
I give it two and a half stars.
The first thing I noticed is that Kirsten is written in first person and Walk in third. I didn't care for that. The book lost a certain flow because of the shift.
I finished the book last night. This morning I thought to myself "Oh, I'll finish that book today" Than I remembered I finished it and it just wasn't satisfying and there was no real ending to it. They find out the big secret and that's that, nothing else. I'm kinda alright with that though since I cou
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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.
Salsabrarian
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
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Chloe
Oct 02, 2014 Chloe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Gennifer Choldenko

The book, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, is about a boy and a girl that are completely different become friends. It shows that people from different backgrounds or look different can befriend each other. These two people, Walk and Kirsten, meet on the first day of school and bond instantly.
This book was a quick read that had a good message. It wasn't something that hooked you from the start but was worth it to finish. Through out this story it
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Juricsy Garcia
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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
Belann
Aug 23, 2015 Belann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kirsten and Walk begin 7th grade in a private school and their paths cross on the very first day. In alternating points of view we learn that Kirsten is white, from a wealthy family, and her parents are constantly arguing of late. This has caused an emotional upheaval in her personal security, which we are led to believe she is placating with junk food. Walk is a black transfer student from an inner-city school, who is determined to succeed in this all-white school. Kirsten is being rejected by ...more
Kim
Jan 21, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I read this because my 9-year old daughter loved it, and she insisted I'd like it. It combines a lot of themes that would initiate thoughtful discussion; race and friendships and teasing and parents and school cliques, but when I asked my daughter about it at dinner she simply rolled her eyes and sad, "I'm eating, Mom."

What I didn't like was the prominent story line about the main character being overweight and how much her mother tried to control her eating, including telling her daughter that
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Carolyn Browne
Jan 23, 2016 Carolyn Browne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun. Good reading for middle school and Freshmen in high school. It's an easy read.
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 o
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Melissa Namba
Sep 27, 2015 Melissa Namba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-lucy
I was planning on sending this to my 8 year old niece, who is an advanced reader. After reading it I have changed my mind. The characters in the book are 12 years old. Which normally would be OK for my niece. However, there are discussions about infidelity, conception, racial (bi-racial) issues, and a few other things that I am not comfortable introducing to my 8 year old niece. I am send it in a year or so to her mother to let her decide, because I actually really enjoyed the book. I liked the ...more
BlueTitan(what's 1000-7?)
This book actually turned out good, minus the kind of dumb title. I picked this book up because I had to do a book project, and I was kind of glad that I read this. It's about a middle school girl named Kirsten, who is struggling with her eating habits, and is striving to win her best friend, Rory, back. Rory is under the spell of the arrogant, mean and rich queen bee, Brianna Hanna-Hines. While Kirsten struggles with her friend, the new kid, walk, is also struggling. Most part is because he is ...more
Jess
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.
Noemi
I really liked this book. I thought Kirsten* was an incredibly realistic narrator.

I was a little thrown off by the narration style at first, because the audiobook has two readers, one for Kirsten and one for Walk, but Walk's story is told in 3rd person, so the first time Baptiste started reading, I kept waiting to find out who the "I" was, and it didn't come.

I loved a lot of the little realistic touches, like the poster in the school about celebrating diversity yet (view spoiler)
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Megan
Mar 04, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read it this because I loved "Al Capone does my Shirts". While I found this story to be very appropriate for middle schoolers. It discusses some of the biggest issues that face middle schoolers. But I didn't feel as though it has the charm that "Al Capone does my Shirts" had. By the time I reached the end of the book, I felt as though it had a lot of similarities with fabulous 80's classic "The Breakfast Club". The group that Kristen and Walk hung out at lunch are very similar c ...more
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How did a girl named Snot-Nose end up publishing children’s books?

Here are the facts as I know them . . .

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.

She was not.

The only sibling who did not have the trademark Johnson big mouth was my sister, Gina, who had Autism. My parents worked very hard to try to fig
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