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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

By Gennifer Choldenko

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2007,
    224 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2009,
    224 pages.

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Two worlds collide in one compelling story for children age 12+

Two smart, lively and complicated twelve year olds, Kirsten McKenna and Walker ("Walk") Jones, take turns narrating this contemporary stand-alone in fresh, memorable and idiosyncratic voices. Choldenko's celebrated and award-winning bestseller, Al Capone Does My Shirts, relied on time and place—Alcatraz in the Capone era—for much of its effect and power. If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period could take place in almost any American private middle school in the suburb of almost any present-day American city. The novel's focus is decidedly internal rather than external, and the reader lives inside twelve year old heads for the duration. But Choldenko's unwavering interior focus isn't gimmickry: it illuminates her young characters' imperfect knowledge of the world and of ...

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