If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
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by Gennifer Choldenko
ages 9-12
Harcourt, September 2007, ISBN 978-0-15-205753-4
Listening Library, October 2007, ISBN 978-0-7393-4885-7


Two kids. Two lives.

For Kirsten the world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to one another and her best friend has come under the spell of the queen bee Brianna. Only Kirsten’s younger science-geek sister is on her side.

For Walker the goal is to survive the new very white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he’s going to screw up like his cousin.

“Don’t have to worry, Momma, before I go bad I’ll let you know, send a Hallmark card ready made for the occasion...on the eve your son messes up.”

But Walk is a good kid. So is his new friend, Matteo, though no one knows why Matteo will do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him.

Two worlds collide in one compelling story. Then suddenly Kirsten discovers something that shakes them to their core...

“You knew all along,” Walk says.

"No, I didn’t.”

“You’re lying. You found out and then you told the whole world...”

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