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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

The book is about racism, but it is expressed in a more kid friendly way.  Kristen’s world is crumbling because he parents are constantly arguing.  At school, a new child Walker Jones who is African American arrives and helps becomes her friend.  Kristen eventually finds something shocking about Walker that surprises them both.

The book is short, but is very interesting.  As I read through the book, I could understand how the characters felt and could imagine being in their world.  The book shows the day to day problems in the world that we always overlook.