If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

Typical middle
school drama, until it takes
a strange, whiplash turn.

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko. Harcourt, 2007, 216 pages.


david elzey said...

middle school drama
takes strange (yet satisfying) whiplash turn midway

that would be my take

david elzey said...

the break didn't fall where it should, but you get the drift

EM said...

Yeah, I couldn't decide if I liked the twist or not. On the one hand, it made for a richer story; on the other hand, it set off my "come on, really?" detector. I do love her writing, though.

david elzey said...

I have to tell you, my 9 and 11 year old girls totally dug the twist. in fact, once they hit it they couldn't stop talking about it for days, about how it changed everything they read before.

My eldest actually stopped and backed up to scan for clues and said "there isn't really any foreshadowing except that everything is foreshadowing!"

She meant that in a good way, and I was proud to see her go back and do that sort of analysis.