If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

by Gennifer Choldenko
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Overview

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547351285
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,102,217
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
File size: 599 KB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

GENNIFER CHOLDENKO is the author of Al Capone Does My Shirts and Notes from a Liar and Her Dog as well as several picture books. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

www.choldenko.com

GENNIFER CHOLDENKO is the author of Newbery Honor book Al Capone Does My Shirts, which was on the New York Times Bestseller list for six months, an ALA BBYA, an ALA Notable book, and received the Sid Fleischman Humor, in addition to other kudos. She graduated from Brandeis University and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. She previously worked at an advertising agency, and has written picture books as well. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children. www.choldenko.com

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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kirsten McKenna's got a lot on her mind, and on her body for that matter. She gained 30 pounds over the summer, thanks to her dysfunctional parents and their constant arguing. Maybe that's why her best friend, Rory, has stopped hanging out with her. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that Rory is now hanging with the popular crowd. Either way, Kirsten is relieved to find a new group of friends, including Walker "Walk" Jones.

Walk is new at this school and it's a whole different world from the City school he came from. Everyone knows he's here on scholarship, and some kids just won't let him forget it. Good thing he has one friend, Matteo, to count on. Oh, and there's that girl, Kirsten, too. She's pretty cool.

This was a quick read, but not because the content was simple. The plot kept the pages turning. The short chapters alternated between Kirsten's and Walk's perspectives, which was perfect for the pace of the book. It was portrayed as a simple middle school read, nothing out of the ordinary, but it delivered so much more. This book was very like something one might find from Judy Blume, in both voice and subject matter. Smart, insightful characters dealing with adult-world challenges while living with everyday life at school -- the good, the bad, and the downright nasty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first sentence is This is lame but Im actually looking foward to school this year, because every day this summer was like crap: dog crap, cat crap,I even had a few elephant crap days- trust me it was bad. It was only 150 pages, but i laughed all the way through it especially at her little sister Kippy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book read it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book, I was excited because I thought it was going to be very interesting after reading the cover information. The book is rated for ages 10+ and is written at a level appropriate for 4th/5th graders. However, I felt the sensitive issues it covered was more middle school oriented. The discussion of body image, racial stereotyping and divorce are common issues that all kids deal with and should be discussed with them, but I feel that the content of the book and the reading level of it did not mesh well. It is one I would not feel comfortable reading in my fourth grade classroom, but feel that for a sixth or seventh grade teacher, it would be a very good stepping stone to start a discussion of these issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a grear book. I'm in 6th grade (12) and i loved it. The only problem was that it was an easy book to read. But oth er than that it ia a reall amazing book-i think you should read it. (P.S. don't read the VOYA review. Spoiler alert!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You pepole have no taste! This book is one of the best books ive ever read. Trust me tp tell you ive read lots of books. To pepole who dont know weather to read it or not. You totallly should its super good. Its mixed with humor, a tiny bit of seruios and a supris twist.
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I got locked out of all the books ive ever posted in... help.
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Ok so for those of you who are bad mouthing this freggin book saying thats its blah or whatever, YOU SICKEN ME! Wait till your spoiled self gets into middle school and you see all if this stupid drama that happens. For those of you who are african american, just know that as good, is not god enough. Teachers WILL label you as one of the dumb minority kids and they will not treat you like anybody els unless you excel. I feel bad for Walker. I hate being in situations like his. But it happens. Anyways, I thought that the book was very suspenseful and very realistic. This sort of stuff happens every day! STAY TRUE MY PEOPLE! LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree why write a 5 paragraph review when the reviews is a way for kidsto communicate it is really bad someone tell B&N
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, by Gennifer Choldenko did not really interest me. This book is about two seventh graders, Kirsten and Walker, and the separate issues they have in school. Kirsten gained a lot of weight over the summer because she was stressed about her parents always arguing and was losing a friend to the popular, mean girl group. Walker was dealing pressure to do well in school and feelings surrounding him being a minority in school. Even though I have never been in her situation, I really felt bad for Kirsten because her parents weren’t talking. I think that kids who have parents that are divorced can identify with this. I feel like Walker is just like a regular kid in my school who feels the pressure to do well just like the rest of us. I feel bad that he doesn’t feel like he fits in at school because needs a group of good friends. I can’t really relate to Walker’s situation because he is black and it is hard to imagine how he was feeling. I believe the message in this book is whether you are a girl or a boy, black or white, it doesn’t matter because anyone could have problems socially in school, for example not fitting in or not finding friends. I think this book would appeal to seventh graders going through this kind of drama. I didn’t like this book because the stories of the two main characters were not intriguing enough to keep my interest. I was not “pulled into” this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in two hhours. Wish i spent this money elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its okay but not my favorite. The one problem is that I'm kind of sick of the overused plot. Girl's parents are splitting up so she gains weight from stress. Her best friend leaves her for the clique. I have read a lot of books like it. However it has some new and exciting twists. In reply to " whats with all the super long receiws...." just so ya know, some people read them and find them helpful, me included! Happy June to all!
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Mommy my nook has gone off for like a year. Please remember me. If you dont its okay.
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Is fang here!!!
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We moved camp to grassy plains i am the leader stonestar plz tell me ur nMe there
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bookgirl888 More than 1 year ago
Not the best! Before I read the book, I had seen it many places. My teacher loved it, my friends loved it, so I figured it would be good. So I borrowed it from the classroom. The first 20 pages were not too good, so I gave it another chance. I read about 20 pages more and still did not like it, so I gave it a 10 page more chance. I still could not get into it! It may be a good book, but not my kind of book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent!
Leslie Stephens More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. As a teacher, I like to do book clubs. This is our lastest book for book club. Both the kids and me love it! I highly suggest reading it. No matter your age, I assure you, you'll love it.