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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko
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Aug 11, 2009

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bookshelves: j-fiction, friendship
Read in June, 2008

Told alternately from the point of view of Kirsten, an upper-class white girl, and Walk, a lower-middle-class black boy, If a Tree at Falls at Lunch Period is a look at identity, race, and friendship. There is some pretty heavy subject matter here, and it's not the heavy subject matter I was expecting. There are also some very funny moments. The characters are well-developed and the kids act and think in age-appropriate ways. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I worry that some of the things that come up in the later part of the book may be over some kids' heads. I also worry that some parents may be upset, as the subject matter I wasn't expecting could be very touchy and isn't indicated in any summaries of the book. My only complaint is that I felt it ended a little abruptly, but then I suppose ending before everything is tied up in a neat little bow is more realistic.

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