If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

The Book of TimeIn the author’s second work, after Al Capone Does My Shirts, I had to wonder if the new book would be as entertaining as the first.  Thankfully, it was.  This is the story of Kirsten and Walk (short for Walker).  Walk has just started a preppy, expensive new school where he is the scholarship student.  Kirsten is a rich girl who has just gained tons of weight and seems to have lost her best friend.  Kirsten is white and Walk is black.  Their worlds are in turmoil, and they end up becoming friends.  This story has a major surprise that really looks at what it means to be a family.  The book switches off perspectives between Walk and Kirsten, giving you the varying sides of what life is like for these two middle schoolers. 

Though Walk and Kirsten are the main characters, and it is their stories that intertwine, there are other characters who impact and change their lives as well including Walk’s cousin and  Kirsten’s cute younger sister.  The characters are richly drawn and see about ready to jump off the page.  I can’t wait to see what Gennifer dishes out next.  All her tales get to the heart of people and allow you to see life through their eyes (which may sometimes be a little like yours).

Posted by: Kate

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