Monday, October 7, 2013

MMGM - Eight Keys

This week I read:
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur.
A Yearling Book

On the author's site, I found this description. I couldn't put it any better.

Elise has loved her life with Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hugh so far, and she’s always been best friends with her neighbor, Franklin. But when Elise starts middle school, suddenly everything goes wrong: more family moves into their house; things with Franklin seem off, somehow; she can’t keep up in school; and her locker partner is a nightmare.

That’s when Elise discovers a secret, one that has been waiting for her since she was a little girl.

She’s never given much thought to the eight locked rooms above her uncle’s workshop in the barn; that is, not until she’s ready for something to change, not until she finds a key with her name on it…

But, I would like to add that I grew to care about Elise. She did grow and  learn. I rooted for her and liked the person she became. This story covers bullying and changing relationships.

Give it a read. I think you will like it.  
 In comes in at 44,910 words.

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Posted byJanet Smart  on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. Intriguing story line! I'm adding this one to my list.

  2. I'm really intrigued by the "changing relationship" aspect. That's more contemporary for me to read.
    Thanks for the feature. :)


    1. You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. I loved the author's first book, LOVE, AUBREY (even though it was terribly sad), but haven't read this one. Her new book, LISTENING FOR LUCCA, sounds fascinating too. I will add EIGHT KEYS to my TBR list. Thanks, Janet.

    1. I haven't read Love, Aubrey yet or her latest book. I'll have to look for them.

  4. I'll be adding this one to my reading list. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Sounds like a good book I need to check out. Thanks for the review.

  6. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a good book1


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