She’s never given much thought to the eight locked rooms above her uncle’s workshop in the barn; that is, not until she finds a key with her name on it. “Eight Keys” is a children’s novel by Suzanne LaFleur that follows the struggles of Elise Bertrand as she begins sixth grade, deals with a bully named Amanda. LaFleur’s second novel is a quiet and emotionally honest coming-of-age story chronicling Elise’s journey into middle school. Elise has lived.

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This is such a wonderful book for tweens.

A really interesting aspect susanne the story is what the book’s title is derived from. She was so weird. My ghost killed by decapitation, I paused for a minute to watch Franklin.

During the summer I read a couple books a day and spent hours lzfleur and playing outside at our local pool or beach. I thought the ending was going to be different, it kind of left me on a cliff hanger. Once we got on the bus, it was totally like usual–just me and Franklin on our own, in our own seat, having our own conversation.

I saw myself at that age a lot in Elise. A relatively sweet read for younger kids. Eight Keys is a truly beautiful book.

Eighg could do that again.

eihht Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Recommend to girls I don’t want to get any weird diseases. Adults should be their safety and in this book it was Elise and Franklin against the mean girl. Random House Children’s Books, c Archie Giant Comics Bash. And ice cream from an electric ice cream maker is ready to eat.

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We say that a lot, don’t we? Way to go Suzanne. On the plus side, I appreciated the portrayal of the changing nature of friendships over time. Here is Elise, turning 12, entering a big new middle school with a swarm of new kids feeding into it from other suzanbe. View all 11 comments.


Suzy Kline and Suzy Weaver Kline. Oct 02, Donalyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. Though I hear they have no-tolerancy rules now, so one bully might be easier to vanquish now.

Good thing for her she had interminably patient family and friends, because a lot of kids would’ve dumped her, and a lot of adults would’ve disciplined her for her laziness. There was no neat clash of metal, just a dull lxfleur of wood smacking wood. It is very well written and it had a little suspense in it. I couldn’t go higher because I felt like — I don’t know — everything moved too quickly. The clock said it was nine, but it was still very dark in my room.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Franklin can’t have any real dairy products because of his allergies, but Aunt Bessie’s pretty much a genius about getting around that. I grabbed one to yank it off, but the other side was tightly glued to the hairs on my leg. Tha said, I didn’t dislike her as much as it sounds from that paragraph.

During the school year I went to Catholic school, did a lot of homework, and read a couple books a week. An abandoned cardboard box lay close by. He would never interrupt when I am thinking. See all 5 questions about Eight Keys….

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Share your thoughts with other customers. First, Elise and her friend Franklin–and really the language of the book seem much more 3rd or 4th grade than middle school eighr things like a boy with star wars characters in his locker and playing knights seem really quite unlikely in 12 year-olds and I think even a fourth grader would have been embarassed.


My favorite part of this books was the scene at the beginning where they’re playing pirates and running through the woods. As for the bullying, it’s something we’ve most likely all been through and I thought it was a realistic portrayal. His mom limits his sugar at home, but we always have plenty for him at my house. Kaycee Petersen Book Review 4.

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The messages in each room read like cryptic, inspirational self-help: May 25, Chris rated it it was amazing Eiggt I just didn’t buy it. Franklin’s mom wasn’t happy about him making us weapons, but Uncle Hugh assured her that the eibht that could happen was we would get splinters–and that’s only happened a couple times.

Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. I climbed out of bed and decided that the tank top I’d slept in would do for the day, too, so I found my shorts on the floor and pulled them on. The main themes in this book are love, family, friendship, keyx bullying. Review 5 1 3 Nov 04, She used to be a redhead; now that she’s in her fifties, her hair is dull orange and pepper gray, but she still wears it pulled back in the same long, thick braid.