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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Break

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Family drama, humour, and more than a little class room politics! A perfect pre-teen read.

About the Author

Gennifer Choldenko is the author of Carnegie short-listed novel AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area in the USA. This is Gennifer's third novel for Bloomsbury.


"Choldenko convincingly covers the middle school scene . . . sparkling characterization and touches of humor . . . tumultuous twists that ultimately convince Kirsten that, indeed, she does matter." "Choldenko''s talent for characters and conversation brings the two voices instantly to life in alternating points of view...This will appeal to a wide range of middle-school readers and would make a great book-club or classroom discussion." "The issues raised are spot-on for this age group. . . . (an) under-the-microscope examination of the often cruel, always dramatic dynamics of junior high."--"Publishers Weekly""Choldenko . . . has a spiky wit, an empathetic eye for kids' foibles and fears, an ear for their distinctive voices and an impressive range . . . While [this book] treats issues of race, class and marital discord fearlessly, it's also one of the funniest they'll read this year."--"The Washington Post Book World " "Choldenko has a flair for titles: "Notes From a Liar and Her Dog," "Al Capone Does My Shirts," now this. But books don''t fly on titles alone. Choldenko also has a spiky wit, an empathetic eye for kids'' foibles and fears, an ear for their distinctive voices and an impressive range. . . . "If a Tree Falls" unfolds in the less exotic setting of a fancy private school, but it treads more explosive ground as it switches between the viewpoints of two seventh-graders there -- Kirsten, who is white, and Walk, who is black. That catchy title is a metaphor for the uprooting that takes place when Kirsten and Walk learn they have a whole lot more in common than their "brilliance." At the same time, it signals this book''s real appeal for pre-teens: While it treats issues of race, class and marital discord fearlessly, it''s also one of the funniest they''ll read this year."

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