If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

if-a-tree-falls-at-lunch-period.JPGOh wow. This was a good one, one of my faves, definitely. Kristen and Walk are in seventh grade at a fancy private school. Kristen has gained a lot of weight over the summer, and now her group of lip-glossy best friends are not quite as friendly as they used to be; she’s even shunned from their lunch table. Plus, her parents are barely speaking to one another. As for Walk, he’s the new kid, one of the only black students at school. He’s smart and cool and could be really popular, but he’s more interested in studying than socializing. At first Kristen and Walk seem to have nothing in common. He’s a boy, she’s a girl. He’s black, she’s white. He’s poor, she’s rich. He’s smart, she’s, well, average. But when Kristen discovers a secret that threatens to throw her whole life into chaos, she realizes that she and Walk share a lot more than she ever could have suspected. If a tree falls at lunch period, will anyone even pay attention? Or will they be too obsessed with their own little social dramas and petty aspirations?

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