Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. 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. There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor.
When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . . .
This book is a good middle grade that I think both girls and boys could enjoy. It was a good story, and really sweet how through the rooms she learned about her past. Knowing about her past helped her understand her present and future better. It was a great coming of age story. This was not a light book though. It wasn't deep either, but it had a somber mood the whole way through. There also was not every any suspense. I was bored by the book, but younger children may really like it.