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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,507 Ratings  ·  395 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2007)
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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 14, 2012 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
Keida Avdo
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good. I absolutely loved it. It definitely surprised me. I am not giving it away, you just have to read it.
Grace Gotelaere
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very good book. I did enjoy reading from Kirsten's point of view better than Walk's perspective though. My favorite part was the end because it was very joyful.
Jul 09, 2008 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
Cassie Kugel
Sep 10, 2014 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
Yareli Becerril
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, I can't believe some of the stuff that happened.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not getting the ending. :\
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was about Kirsten and Walk. They are 2 middle or high schoolers (the book doesn't say which), that are friends. The books chapters express each characters points of view,and tells how each character became, friends, classmates and things I wouldn't want to reveal.

Theme: A true story of heartache, friendship, and how the past can come back to the future.

Character Strengths: Walk: Social Intelligence, Kirsten: Kindness, any many more character express their strengths.
Mar 18, 2014 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
Poleth Mercado
May 16, 2015 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
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.
Jul 28, 2016 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.
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko is about a new year at Mountain middle school. It’s new for Walk, the only African American kid in seventh grade, and for Kirsten, who is losing the brightness of her school days. The friendship between Walk and Kirsten grows strong, but when she comes across a dark secret, it could change not only her friendship, but the whole of their lives. This was an okay book. It was very interesting, and read it in 2 hours, but I didn’t get how the tit ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the theme of this story is too never let hard times get you down and to respect the people who have your back and respect you.
Erick Amaya
This book is a great book for people who like a nice book to read. The characters are funny they are great. IT is a great book for 5th-7th graders to read.
Anne Crotty
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-lit
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Dec 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was really good,and inspiring,about who you are on the inside. RECOMMENDED
Sep 23, 2012 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
Jul 21, 2008 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
Jul 18, 2013 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
Aug 03, 2011 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
Morgan Zickefoose
Nov 19, 2014 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.
Nov 03, 2007 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.
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.
Jan 04, 2008 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.
Kayin Hammond
Jan 25, 2016 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.
Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period - Nevisande : Gennifer Choldenko - ISBN : 152057536 - ISBN13 : 9780152057534 - Dar 224 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007
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