Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: EIGHT KEYS



image: Eight Keys - mystery book review
Eight Keys - mystery book review
EIGHT KEYS
Suzanne LaFleur
Scholastic
2011

Available: Hard cover, paperback, Kindle & audio


Middle school is turning out to be the pits for Elise. She doesn't really fit in. She can't seem to get her work in on time. On top of this, she's been assigned to share a locker with a popular mean girl. Worse, her longtime best friend embarrasses her because he seems like he's still in grade school. She lives with her aunt and uncle because her parents died when she was too young too remember them. That doesn't bother her, because it's home and they love her. But then another aunt with a baby moves in, and everything changes at home, too. Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. The key unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn behind the house.
The eight keys in the story each open a new door, each one revealing something new to Elise about herself and her family. This is not a traditional mystery for the reader, but it is one for Elise as she comes of age and learns to navigate middle school. It is a sweet story that girls would enjoy.



TARGET AUDIENCE: 5-6 grades
MYSTERY SUSPENCE: low key
KID APPEAL: girls



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