If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

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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 is his friend Matteo, though no one knows why he’ll do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him. But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them both to the core.

 

About Gennifer Choldenko

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Gennifer Choldenko (www.choldenko.com) lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She has won much acclaim for her novels, including a Newbery Honor for Al Capone Does My Shirts.
 
Published April 6, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 227 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment.

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Kirsten and Walk start the first day of seventh grade with one thing in common: They’re both late.

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The Guardian

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We first meet her at the drop-off preparing to enter Mountain school, junior high, and even before she has walked through the doors we know the world in there from countless movies from Grease to Clueless, Ten Things I Hate About You and, most aptly, Mean Girls Of course Kirsten's problems don't ...

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The Bookbag

I felt for Kirsten and I felt for Walk, but I never felt hopeless, and I don't think readers will either.

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Teen Reads

On the surface Kirsten and Walker couldn't be more different, but underneath they share a lot of the same worries.

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Common Sense Media

Kirsten and Walk are winning protagonists (and Kirsten's voice is snappy-humorous), the short alternating chapters keep readers wanting more, and, just when you think you know where it's all going, the big coincidence adds a fascinating level of complexity.

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HSJ

Gennifer Choldenko is the author of a book that all of the students at Watertown Middle School read in 2008 called, “Al Capone Does My Shirts.” I think that book is geared toward older audiences, while this book is for younger kids (sixth grade and under).

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