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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....more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Eight Keys is a truly beautiful book. I adore everything about the cover, that it’s a hardback without being too big to carry around, and, of course, the story. Eight Keys is an emotional, moving children's book about a 12-year-old girl's realistic experience of life.

The main themes in this book are love, family, friendship, and bullying. Elise, our main character, is far from perfect but the reader cannot help but empathise and encourage her throughout her character development. Eight Keys expl...more
Jessica
i love this book so much!!!! it has so much detail, and it explains everything so well! i would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books.
Kim
I liked the book overall. I really like LaFleur's style with YA realistic fiction.

However, I am very disappointed in the way the bullying situation was handled in this book. Elise tried telling two adults at school and her own guardians to no avail. I hate that one of the messages sent in this book is that when you go to an adult with an issue they will not listen to you. That is the wrong message. All children need to know that they have an advocate in any adult when it comes to bullying. Adul...more
Emma
Elise has just started middle school and things couldn’t be worst. Known for the scabs that covered her legs on the first day, Elise has been singled out by her locker mate, who teases Elise for being a baby. Elise’s best friend Franklin just makes everything worst, not knowing that there are certain things that cool sixth graders don’t talk about at school (like playing knights.) Elise lives with her aunt and uncle in an old farmhouse, her parents both having died when she was a baby. Adjusting...more
Anastasia
Boring. Unrelatable. Main character pissed me off from start to finish.
Noella
Eight Keys is a great story about self-discovery. There were so many things about this novel that reminded me of primary school, so the author did a really good job of portraying that period in time of a child's life when it felt like doing homework, being cool and liked and fitting in were a big deal.

I didn't like Elise much. She was easy to relate to but not very likeable. I felt Franklin was underdeveloped because it was hard to imagine that he was unaware of what people thought of him or how...more
Cathe Olson
Elise is starting at middle school. Things start off badly as she is covered in scabs from a game of knights gone bad and becomes the target of her locker-mate Amanda. By not doing her homework, Elise antagonizes her teachers and she pushes away her best friend because his childishness is embarrassing to her. Thanks to her loving aunt and uncle, and mysterious notes and keys left by her dead father, she learns to be a butter person.

Having a daughter who just started middle school, I was excited...more
Samantha Ange
Oct 25, 2013 Samantha Ange marked it as to-read
Parents dead, mysterious notes are found, bullied at school and a key that can open a door that will help or hold back.

In the book “Eight Keys” by Suzanne Lafleur, incoming sixth grader Elise Bertrand has her ups and downs entering sixth grade. On top of this drama she finds mysterious letters and a special key left from her father before his death….

Her classmate and best friend, Franklin is there for Elise every step of the way. Franklin and Elise hung out most of their summer vacation. There...more
Danielle
I liked parts of this book - I liked Elise's family and I liked the setting. I liked that she had a friendship with her Dad's best buddy. I even liked Franklin, as young as he seemed. He was funny and I think I would totally want to be his friend. I liked that her dad made plans to have things for her after he passed away - that was really sweet. Unfortunately, I didn't must care for Elise.

First of all, the middle school characters all seemed way too young. The words they used reminded me of how...more
Asuka0278
I fell in love with this book. I've read some of the comments where people didn't like how the main character behaved for most of the book, but I think that was the point of the book. Here is Elise, turning 12, entering a big new middle school with a swarm of new kids feeding into it from other schools. Here's her best friend Franklin who is a geek and totally proud of it. On the first day of school he embarrasses her and then it just goes downhill from there. Elise's parents have been dead for...more
Lo
Based on my opinion of Love, Aubrey and the summary of this one, I decided to read this book.

I think I would've enjoyed it a little better about three years ago.

Elise, an orphan, has spent her life playing Pretend with her best friend Franklin and living without any parents. When she gets to six grade, her "locker buddy" Amanda squishes her lunch everyday. I know bullying is a big problem in a lot of schools, but Elise didn't even fight back. She didn't even attempt to. And when she tried telli...more
babyhippoface
I may have liked this more if I had read it as a young girl. I know the mystery of the keys and the locked doors would have intrigued me. As it was, it was fine, but I didn't love it.

Even though I understood most of what she was feeling, Elise made it pretty tough for me to keep liking her. She was mean to Franklin, let Amanda treat her like garbage (sorry, but I would've been telling the teacher or principal or somebody every single day she wrecked my lunch), and she never did her homework just...more
Lejla
Ok I just don't get this story. It feels too much like the book Jeremy fink and the meaning of life except really bad. The girl doesn't even have to look for the keys they just "appear".
And the main character was also annoying. She was a total *** to everyone and she was a dead beat in school and when all the doors were open everyone suddenly forgave her- totally unrealistic. Really bad story!
Lyndsif
Summary of Novel
This book is about how this 11 year old girl named Elise and she finds keys everywhere she goes. The keys opens doors to the doors in the barn.She thinks that her mom and dad left them for her to have memories of her mom and dad. Her mom and dad died at early age. She has a best friend named Franklin. When they were little they would always play dragons together. One day they went to school and they got made fun of because that person saw them playing the game dragons. There is t...more
Lauren Diaz
I did not care for this book. The plot is too predicable and the main characters seem like little babies. The tile tells you about half of the story. Anything I would change? Yes, add more twists, turns, and surprises. Have the main characters grow up and please, please don't make it so darn dramatic! A little summary for all of those who STILL want to read this book. Elise is an ordinary 11 year old. Her mom died while giving birth to her and her dad died with cancer while she was three years o...more
Maryam
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This is going to be one of those awkward reviews where I'm struggling to get my thoughts down on paper...or the internet in this case.

I loved how cute this read was. An eleven, turning twelve, year old who discovers a key meant just for her is going to be a cute character no matter what happens.

The secret behind the key is so sweet and heartbreaking that it makes the book worth reading anyway but apart from that the book wasn't t...more
Karen
I have heard such good things about this book and I was really looking forward to reading it. Eight Keys is a middle grade story about a 12 year old girl called Elise.

I’ve heard this book described a few times as ‘cute’, and it was cute and a nice easy read with a sweet, albeit sad storyline which will definitely have you snivelling and reaching for the tissue box.

The main characters, Elise and Franklin were nice kids. Very genuine and innocent and I really liked that about them. Things started...more
Heidi
I always find I relate to protagonists in YA novels, particularly when they are girls who are a little "rough around the edges", or those who just don't fit in with most other girls, struggling to find the truth of the emotions they're experiencing. Perhaps it's merely because that is something I have always struggled with. Elise is my kind of girl. Middle school is throwing a lot at her and forcing her to discover, or rather, rediscover herself, and she is hesitant to share the struggles and e...more
Linda Lin
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
‘Eight Keys’ is the first book I’ve read by Suzanne LaFleur but it certainly won’t be the last! I’d heard fantastic things about LaFleur’s debut novel ‘Love, Aubrey’ so I was really excited to read her second book which sounded wonderfully intriguing.

Aimed at a slightly younger teen audience, ‘Eight Keys’ absolutely captured my heart. It was a quick read but it’s one that stayed with me long after reading the final page. Some bits had me absolutely sobbing and I found the story incredibly moving...more
Brenda
Eight Keys is a remarkably quick read with some very heavy topics. The story centers on Elise who lives with an aunt and uncle after both of her parents die (her mother during childbirth and her father of cancer). Elise has a wonderful friend named Franklin but things get complicated when they both enter middle school. This is where the story tugs at my childhood heart strings, there is bullying, the whole feeling of not fitting in and making mistakes. What makes the story though is the main the...more
Kerri
What a beautiful book this was! Very sweet coming of age book about a girl whose parents both died when she was little. Every girl should read this book as a way of discovering herself within the pages. Every girl should have a solid adult support system like Elise does. And every girl should have a father leave her a puzzle like this one. My favorite room was the question room. What a great place to come and leave those unanswered question behind and move on with your life. And I loved the lett...more
Annaya♥
This book about a girl about named Elise. Ever since she started middle school nothing has seemed right. She gets bullied by her locker neighbor and can't get her homework done. Her baby cousin moves in and things with her best friend Franklin is not the same as it used to be. Later in the book Elise discovers a secret: a mysterious key labeled with her name. She wonders if it could open the eight doors in Uncle Hugh's barn. On a quest to make sense of a complex gift left by her father before he...more
Rafidah Angullia
Elise and Franklin has been the best of friends since kindergarten. But Elise started feeling embarrassed when the school bully, Amanda started making of fun of how they still play pretend. Elise then started rethinking the friendship and purposely called Franklin names to try and get him away from her. She started befriending Caroline, Amanda's best friend, and that made Franklin unhappier, especially since he helped think of a solution to get back at Amanda for squishing her lunch every day.

E...more
Kim Soukone
Eight Keys Book Reviews
A story called “Eight Keys Book Reviews” by Suzanne Lafleur it is about a girl named Elise who start middle school. Her locker buddy was mean to her and make fun of her of her injured arm and can’t do her homework done. Then, a new baby moves into her house and ruin her life with Uncle Hugh and Aunt Bessie. Then, Elise have a fight with her best friend Franklin. Later she find a barn key at the wood shop and to see what was lock up in the barn. She find her childhood toy...more
Megan Bush
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Megan Bush
I read the book Eight Keys by Suzanne Lafleur. This book is about an 11 year old girl named Elise and she finds keys everywhere she goes. The key’s that she find’s unlocks different doors in her barn. She thinks her mom and dad left the keys for her, because they died at a really young age and she thinks they left them for her. On another note she has a best friend named Franklin and they do everything together, they don’t get treated real well in school. They especially get...more
Donna
Good story about friendship, bullying, and finding your true self. Elise has lived with her Aunt and Uncle ever since her mother died in childbirth and her father died when she was young. She has always been friends with Franklin , who lives nearby. There has always been a barn in the back yard with eight locked doors on the second floor – Elise has never seen the inside, always told she wasn’t ready.

When Elise and Franklin start middle school life starts falling apart. Elise is bullied for mont...more
Jade
I was excited to read this book as I have really enjoyed Suzanne LaFleurs previous books and I wasn't disappointed. I think the author is brilliant at writing books about relatable and real life situations and this one which focuses on bullying and the loss of a loved one was a really good read.

The book follows Elise who lost her parents when she was young and now lives with her aunt and uncle. The book starts with her and her best friend Franklin starting a new school but the new school is dif...more
Katie
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 Aunt Bessie.Worst of all, things with her best friend,Franklin, are just not the same as they used to be.Then Elise discovers a secret: a mysterious key labeled with her name.Could it open one of the eight doors in the barn above Uncle Hugh's workshop, the ones that have been l...more
Kimberly Lutnesky
LaFleur, S. (2011). Eight keys. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.

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Interest Level
Grades 4 - 6

Reading Level
Grade Level Equivalent: 4

Lexile Measure: 590L

DRA: 50

Summary
Eight Keys is the story of Elise and her journey of self-discovery. Life changes for Elise when she starts middle school. She begins to feel as though she is outgrowing her best friend Franklin and she does not feel like she fits in with the other kids. After her twelfth birthday, Elise discovers one of eight keys l...more
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I grew up outside Boston in Newton, and later Natick, MA. During the school year I went to Catholic school, did a lot of homework, and read a couple books a week. During the summer I read a couple books a day and spent hours swimming and playing outside at our local pool or beach. I was very much a planner, dreamer, and writer, creating plays and shows for my siblings and the neighborhood kids to...more
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