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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gennifer Choldenko Narrator: Ariadne Meyers and Francois Battiste Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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For Kirsten McKenna, the world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has come under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. Only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side.

For Walker Jones, the goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. (Walk keeps telling her, Don't have to worry, Momma. Before I go bad I'll let you know, send a Hallmark card ready-made for the occasion. 'On the eve your son messes up'.)

But Walk is a good kid. So is his new friend, Matteo, though no one knows why Matteo will do absolutely anything that hot blonde Brianna asks of him.

Then, Kirsten discovers something that shakes her and Walk to their cores.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 2/12/2014

    " A white, overweight girl befriends a new African American boy at school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryJane | 1/31/2014

    " This book is on the Alaska Battle of the Books list for 7th and 8th grade. All three Middle School Library copies were checked out immediately, and continue to be popular. I think that it is a good choice for a Battle Book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2014

    " Loved getting to know the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ala | 1/24/2014

    " It's not a bad story, it deals with typical teenage angst, being popular (or not), and race. Granted it's from a teenager's point of view, but the issues seem glossed over and not dealt with on depth. Problems usually don't resolve themselves this simply. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 1/24/2014

    " I guessed the secret about Walk and Kirsten long before it was revealed, but the story of their relationship is believable. I would recommend this to 5th or 6th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiff | 1/23/2014

    " Great story about changing relationships with family and friends, as well as school dynamics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kesha | 1/8/2014

    " Choldenko has great voice and a tremendous way of pulling the reader into the story. This tale delves into poignant issues young readers of today deal with, self image. The plot thickened to a surprising climax that did not disappoint with the conclusion. The story is told from two perspectives and two points of views. Kirsten's view is first person and you learn her struggle with weight and self acceptance; not to mention feuding parents. The sole African American in his grade's, Walker, story is told in third person and you learn that he excels despite the lack of a father figure, hence the plot thickener. This is a quick and memorable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Young Lightning in Dark Sky | 1/8/2014

    " This was a fabulous book that I wanted to have for months before I got a chance to read it. Gennifer Chaldenko is an amazing author who has the special ability and is capable of creating situations that are so well-described that the person who's in that situation could be telling you about it his or herself. The story of two extremely different kids, yet how they are mysteriously brought together... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♫Ñádïra *Mischief Managed!געראטן שאָדן!*♫ | 1/7/2014

    " I love this book so much I will die. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/7/2014

    " This book was about a teenage girl in 7th grade going through the processes of middle school. This is a good book if you like realistic fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akraven | 12/29/2013

    " I struggled with the inconsistent point of view. One chapter is in first person, the next is in third person, even though it is clearly labled changing characters. It wasn't major, but it was enough to keep me unfocused on the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 12/29/2013

    " great audio adaptation really made story come alive for me. two narrators alternate chapters/points of view (kirsten & walker, 7th grade students at posh private school), describing events over course of school year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/12/2013

    " I think this is a more "I need to make a statement" kind of book than an entertaining one. But the statement made is a good one about identity, stereotypes, and prejudices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 12/4/2013

    " I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book! I liked it much more than Al Capone Does My Shirts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhiannon | 12/3/2013

    " It's in 2 perspectives. One, from a girl's, whose parents are fighting with each other and she thinks shes fat. Another from a guy who she just met who hangs out with the girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 9/30/2013

    " I'm not sure if this could have more stereotypes or be more improbable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 8/30/2013

    " I really liked the book, i would recommend it for teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 8/19/2013

    " This book has a great yet serious plot. Two different people of two different races uniting to solve a family feud. C.D. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Tai | 7/23/2012

    " I enjoyed If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period. I was pleansantly surprised with the outcome of the story. I thought the author was going in a certain direction with the story and she totally surprised me with something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 4/14/2012

    " Really great plot twist, the root of one family's problems is directly connected to another through an unexpected secret. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Gainer | 7/6/2011

    " A bit contrived, but a solid middle school title. Told in alternating points of view, dealing with MEAN girls, self-image, race, class and integrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♫Huneeya♥ | 5/22/2011

    " It wasn't the best book. I don't know. Maryam, I would think that maybe you would like it, but Aizah, I'm sorry I don't really know your type. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/19/2011

    " I liked it alot because the charpters are short and it is easy!!!!!! You can readit in about 5 days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 5/12/2011

    " 2 voices, great interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaunaelias | 5/11/2011

    " This was a quick read. Not very complex. I would have liked it to be a little more, but perhaps for the age range it was written for it was enough. It touched on 3 topics…race, weight and divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/7/2011

    " A bit contrived, but a solid middle school title. Told in alternating points of view, dealing with MEAN girls, self-image, race, class and integrity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/4/2011

    " Did not like it very much ... no likeable characters, a weird storyline, not as compelling as some of her other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bella | 4/2/2011

    " It's pretty sad there's a lot of family problems involved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 3/16/2011

    " I'm not sure if this could have more stereotypes or be more improbable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 3/8/2011

    " pretty good. Its like that only book I know that has my best friends name in it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/21/2011

    " It was pretty good, but it kinda bothered me when it would switch from 1st person to 3rd person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 2/19/2011

    " The book is amazing!! I just found out the big secret between Kirsten and Walk, and it's getting good! Poor Kirsten Rory is SUCH a butt.:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhiannon | 2/19/2011

    " It's in 2 perspectives. One, from a girl's, whose parents are fighting with each other and she thinks shes fat. Another from a guy who she just met who hangs out with the girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/9/2011

    " Young Adult book- I love her first novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts and this one was a great YA book too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 IsAbel | 1/2/2011

    " I randomly remembered I read this in like 5th grade when I was studying my lines on my bed. It's pretty easy to read, even though the entire point of the book was a bit you know for a 10 year old. It's good to kill time. "

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About the Author
Author Gennifer CholdenkoGennifer Choldenko was the youngest in a family of four kids, where her nickname was “Snot-Nose.” Her quirky sense of humor made its debut at the dinner table when Gennifer was a very little kid. She is the author of seven children’s books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period; and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.