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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Personally, I can not find anything I do not like about this book!

The book was super short, so it might not have been as rushed if it was longer. May 22, Giteeka rated it really liked it. Read it Forward Kkeys it first. Not a bad book, but szanne could be difficult for a child who is being bullied to read. This is our family. I’d give this 3. Here is Elise, turning 12, entering a big new middle school with a swarm of new kids laflfur into it from other schools.

Elise lives with her Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hugh. My 9 year old daughter brought this home to read along with another book. Joe CaramagnaDisney and Amy Mebberson. 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.

Both kids enjoyed the right immensely. When school begins, Elise is immediately targeted by her lockermate, Amanda, who is pretty, dresses stylishly, and is also very mean. As it turns out, Elise will be given eight keys over the next few months.


Marvel Fearless and Fantastic! Elise scraps her knees and is called “Scabular” several times. Jul 24, Pages Middle Grade Buy. As for the bullying, it’s something we’ve most likely all been through and I thought it was a realistic portrayal.

Save Queen of Sheba. The first key took forever to get to Elise, but the rest of the keys seemed more rushed. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. I liked that she had a friendship with her Dad’s best buddy. Adults should be their safety and in this book it was Elise and Franklin against the mean girl. I loved her exploration into herself and her family’s past. It feels too much like the book Jeremy fink and suzamne meaning of life except really bad.

Parents dead, mysterious notes are found, bullied at school and a key that can open a door that will help or hold back. Rise, Sir Knight, and go forth upon your quest. We can keep going, keep living the best we can. Ok I just don’t get this story. Which door could it open, what will be behind it and will it help or not A glimmer of excitement lit Franklin’s eyes.

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

However, my daughter is reading it to my grandkids ages 9 and 10so I read it in order to better understand the things they are thinking about. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Part 1, Chapter 6 — Part 2, Chapter She relates to the 9 year old version of me. Open Preview See a Problem? Also, Elise seemed shzanne younger than a twelve year old. There’s always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.


I know part of the point was that Elise and Franklin acted younger than their peers, but that much younger?

Eight Keys Summary & Study Guide

Elise tried telling two adults at school and her own guardians, to no avail. Great book for 4th, 5th, 6th graders.

Adam Gidwitz and Joseph Bruchac. I saw myself at that age keyd lot in Elise. Known for the scabs that covered her legs on the first day, Elise has been singled out by her locker mate, who teases Elise for being a baby.

She doesn’t consider us strong or steady enough.

Summaries and Excerpts: Eight keys / Suzanne LaFleur.

When I had a crisscross of at least twenty peach bandages over my tan legs, I realized that trying to hide the scabs was even worse that just letting them show.

And I wasn’t better from getting made fun of. Her other Aunt and her infant come to live with them and add to her support network. Some days he wears his helmet when we play.


Trivia About Eight Keys. He makes things out of wood, like rocking chairs and tables and cabinets.

Seven Wonders of the Milky Way. Random House Children’s Books, c Other things that bothered me were the lack of research–maybe the target audience won’t notice but that is no excuse.