If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
by Gennifer Choldenko

Why we like it: Choldenko’s first book since Al Capone Does My Shirts follows Kirsten and Walker, two very different kids who become friends under unusual circumstances.

It gets kids talking about: Boy/girl friendships, racial differences, gossip, secrets

Activity to try: Ask kids to write about a rumor or a secret in a film or real life. Then challenge them to write about the same piece of gossip from another person’s perspective. Keep all responses confidential, but as a class, discuss students’ reactions to the activity.”

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