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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An abandoned cardboard box lay close by.

Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. There was suspense, but not like the scary type. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The teachers in this book disappointed me as well. However, I am very disappointed in the way the bullying situation was handled in this book. School Facts, telling me all these things about what can go wrong at middle school. See all reviews. And I have found your sacred casket, and it belongs to me. I even liked Franklin, as young as he seemed.

Having gone through being bullied, it wasn’t easy to kind of re-live.

But when you’re playing Knights in the woods, you have to be careful of these things all at once: Elise was a brat, just like the author meant her to be. Franklin suddenly seems babyish.

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After a few strong hits, which sent Franklin darting backward, I turned and ran, scooping up the cardboard box–the cast or cask or casket or whatever-it-was now–looking back to swipe at Franklin every few feet. Suzanns favorite toys for everyone on your list Shop now. Does that sound good? And there were things like Elise wanting to be a good “homework bringer”– that works for a 9 or year-old, but not for a year-old.

May 12, Asuka rated it it was kejs Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I enjoyed sharing this story with my daughter who is 9 and doesn’t care where she fits. But she changed, and she did a good job, just like the author meant it to be.

When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Disney and Teresa Radice. And it was like having summer back.

EIGHT KEYS by Suzanne LaFleur | Kirkus Reviews

This mysterious key was left by her father before his death. When she was in the house, she went kyes her father’s office and found 8 different keys in each room, she explored the 7 doors, but one thing that was mysterious is the 8th door, the 8th door is a secret room that she and her Uncle and Auntie didn’t know. While playing Knights, Elise falls and cuts up her legs.

Part 1, Chapter 6 — Part 2, Chapter Elise, our main character, is far from perfect but the reader cannot help but empathise and encourage her throughout her character development. I would definitely recommend it for that age group, or people interacting with them. Franklin’s mom wasn’t happy about him making us weapons, but Uncle Hugh assured her that the lqfleur that could happen was we would get splinters–and that’s only happened a couple times.


Sep 04, Cathe Olson rated it it was ok. The changes in Elise’s relationship with Franklin rang true for the children, and I think the author did a good job of describing the concerns kids have with feeling like they belong. Here’s her best friend Franklin who is a geek and totally proud of it.

We are suzznne technical difficulties. Children often keep it to themselves if they’re being bullied and Eight Keys recognises this, and the dilemma, whilst encouraging children to open up.

For example, one room is full of photographs of Elise and her family, with a note urging her to get to know her family and to appreciate them.

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