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Eight Keys

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,275 ratings  ·  725 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
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
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.
Nadine Larter
A relatively sweet read for younger kids. For a while I was disappointed in the attitude of the main character but she turns out ok. There was one point where her aunt tells her to never doubt a mother's love for a child and that sort of got me thinking. We say that a lot, don't we? Because it sounds nice and it should be true. But it isn't really true. Not always. And not nearly as often as it should be.
Boring. Unrelatable. Main character pissed me off from start to finish.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rachel Peden
My thoughts about this book are that this book is good for all ages it gives a mystery and a good background story. This is a very good book and I definitely reomemend it.
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!
Valerie Barnhart
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Some of the surprising details of the reviews include the character of Elise is "carefully drawn." Despite the many changes and developments that she goes through in the book, Elise is given meaning for the changes through the keys that she finds from her deceased father. Since we see the events through Elise, the reader sees a lot of things going on in the story. As a emotionally sound and reserved young lady, she goes through the changes
Tammi Peterman

I agree with the sentiments illustrated by School Library Journal which says, "the character development is perfectly paced and readers grow right along with Elise. Her confusion about school, life, and friendships is honest and on target". This book goes beyond simply addressing the strife of middle school and moves to a piece of self discovery. I think this piece is something students can really relate to whether they have experienced a loss and are sear
May 15, 2014 Lyndsif rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kylee v
Elise had 8 keys each unlocking a new door in her barn upstairs she has seen them for years but never knew what they where for and what was in them. Until now, she now knows that life isn't a game its the journey. She got all eight keys differently, and at different times without her knowing who is giving her the key, by laying them out some where not to hard but not too easy as well. Learning the different messages inside the doors, the way her family used to be or just something her dad left b ...more
After hearing this book recommended at a children's literature conference, I was quick to check it out from the library. This is a very endearing story of a girl who has lost both parents since she was born and is lovingly being raised by her aunt and uncle. On her 11th birthday, she discovers her late father has left her eight keys. Elise must find out what the keys unlock and what it means to her life. Along the way, she navigates the treacherous waters to middle school where she encounters a ...more
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
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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
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
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
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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
Elise starts Middle School off on the wrong foot. She doesn't do her homework and her locker partner is awful. Also she becomes enemies with her best friend. Can she fix her mistakes she made and have a great school year? While all this is happening Elise finds keys that unlock the rooms in the barn, each one tells her a little bit about her past.

If you like stories about bullying, friendship, and mysteries then you should read this book!!
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
Alesha Asselstine

The book eight keys is written by Suzanne LaFleur published in 2011 on August 9th . Elise had a best friend name Franklin they have been best friends since they were little. Elise lived with her aunt and uncle because he parents died when she was baby and doesn't remember them. There has always been eight doors locked on the second floor of the barn and one day she will find out what's behind them. This book absolutely incredible this book it's a book you just can't set down, it explains so much
Claire Epperson
If you like books where people aren't the perfect stereotypical kid in a book, check out this one. The main character goes through lots of things, many of which the reader can relate to. Suzanne LaFleur is a beautiful writer and this book is just one example of how great she is. If you liked this book, check out some others by Suzanne LaFleur as well.
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