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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Engrossing story of struggling to fit in at private school.

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Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko knows how to draw readers in and keep them there. Kirsten and Walk are winning protagonists (and Kirsten's voice is snappy-funny), the short alternating chapters keep readers wanting more, and, just when you think you know where it's all going, there's a big coincidence that adds a fascinating level of complexity. For a book with so little action, it's awfully hard to put down.

Alternating chapters focus on Kirsten (told in first person) and Walk (told in the third person), but somehow it all works.

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