Elise starts middle school with her best friend Franklin but quickly realizes the imaginative games she and Franklin had loved are considered babyish, as is Franklin himself by most of the sixth grade. Her locker buddy is a bully, she falls behind in her assignments the very first week, and her teacher's are unhelpful. Blaming Franklin, Elise quickly drops him and soon hates school and everything in her life except her loving Aunt and Uncle who have raised her since her parents died when she was young. Just as all seems lost, Elise discovers a hidden room in their barn, with eight locked doors and a different key for each. Her aunt and uncle have instructions from Elise's father to show her this puzzle when she is ready, which is now, and let her figure out the life message her father put behind each of the locked doors. As she puzzles through the messages, Elise learns more about her parents and herself, the meaning of true friendship and even how to handle bullies. Read Eight Keys by Suzanne LeFleur for a wonderfully real, puzzling and meaningful story. Grade 5 and up.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.