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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko
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May 27, 2009

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bookshelves: drama, ya

If you need a reminder about how mean middle school kids can be (particularly girls) this is the book to read. Each chapter is told either from the point of view of Kirsten - who thinks she is overweight and whose parents are constantly fighting or Walker - an African American boy who has earned a scholarship to attend the prestigious (mostly white) private Mountain middle school. Both feel out of place and come together with a few other "outsiders" to form a supportive group of friends. Late in the story a secret is revealed that could tear this friendship apart or bring them closer together than they ever would have imagined.
Recommend to 5th-7th graders. Great character development and definitely true to life.

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