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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Ness, Patrick, Published: They definitely don’t play Knights. Both kids enjoyed the book immensely. The words they used reminded me of how I liked parts of this book – I liked Elise’s family and I liked the setting.


In particular, Elise struggles to keep up with her homework and falls far behind. There is this girl name, Elise.

However, I am very disappointed in the way the bullying situation was handled in this book. I also thought the plot waned from about the middle of the book to the end.

Mills, Rob, Published: They were able to relate to the trepidation Elise felt in moving from a small elementary school to a larger middle school, with the accompanying peer pressure that goes with such a move.

The first key took forever to get to Elise, but the rest of the keys seemed more rushed. The girl doesn’t even have to look for the keys they just “appear”. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong.


EIGHT KEYS by Suzanne LaFleur | Kirkus Reviews

The villain, Amanda, was relatable to them, and gave my daughter an opportunity to discuss bullying in a way that allowed the kids not to feel they were being examined always an issue at this age.

Suzanne Lafleur did a great job of leaving me in suspense.

During the summer I read a couple books a day and spent hours swimming and playing outside at our local pool or beach. We are experiencing technical difficulties. She didn’t even attempt to. Known for the scabs that covered her legs on the first day, Elise has been singled out by her locker mate, who teases Eiight for being a baby. During their play time Elise fell down a hill and scraped up both her legs, all the way from her knee down.

She picked up the other one, and I picked up this one. The cons of this book is that there could have been a little more detail in how she found right keys, where she found them, and when she found them.

I know part of the point was that Elise and Franklin acted younger than their peers, but that much younger? Amanda makes fun of Elise for her legs and for playing pretend with Franklin. He did that day, too. Share your thoughts with other customers. Probably if Elise has told her teacher more than twice that her lunch was smashed instead of assuming that she didn’t care it would have solved her problem.

Thank you Puffin Books for sending me this book to review! More changes come when Elise receives the last birthday letter from her dad, who died when she was three but wrote letters to her while he was sick.


To ask other readers questions about Eight Keysplease sign up. Serena Blasco and Nancy Springer. The teacher handed out sheets of paper with locker -assignments. Looking for More Great Reads? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Though I hear they have no-tolerancy rules now, so one bully might be easier to vanquish now.

I think this book was well written but was a little boring sometimes. Quotes from Eight Keys. Part 1, Chapters 1 — 5. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. I thought it was a bit boring at times. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise’s parents died when she was too young to remember them.

I like it because we get a little snatch of summer back over the weekend. I gobbled this one up in one sitting, thanks to a bookish friend’s recommendation. This is such a wonderful book for tweens. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Amanda is a popular bratty mean girl. Want to Read saving…. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Elise tried telling two adults at school and her own guardians, to no avail. Place a Hold You must be logged in first.

Not a bad book, but LOTS of drama. She has her friends and her activities and she just does them.