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... read more
Elise lives in a farm house with her uncle and aunt. She lives an idyllic life there with her best friend Franklin. Then junior high starts, and Elise finds herself in a new social world with new rules. Her friendship with Franklin is on the rocks and she is bullied by her locker partner. ... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Elise lives in a farm house with her uncle and aunt. She lives an idyllic life there with her best friend Franklin. Then junior high starts, and Elise finds herself in a new social world with new rules. Her friendship with Franklin is on the rocks and she is bullied by her locker partner.
But on her 12th birthday, she is given the first of keys to open up mysterious locked doors in the barn. They reveal to be presents from her dead father who wanted to prepare her for adolescence.
With the help of the doors, Elise is able to deal with her friendship with Franklin, make a new friend, and find her way in junior high life.
but then Franklin gets a friend?
Why My Life Really Stinks
Our Last Visit to Summer
Things Get Worse
Things Get Much Worse
I Make it to School
I Turn Twelve
Being Twelve is (Unfortunately) Just Like being Eleven
The First Little, Secret Room
Spying on the Enemy
I Wonder Whether Grown-ups Understand at All
We Are All in Deep Dog Poo
I Am Garbage
No More Franklin
Thanksgiving with Leonard
Something to Believe In
A Lifetime's Supply of Questions
Settling Up With Friends and Foes
Keeping the Keys
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