Eight Keys By: Suzanne Lafleur
Today I will be teaching you about the book Eight Keys by: Suzanne LaFleur.
A key represents how Elsie Bertrand finds keys that open up doors to a story of a lifetime ( a lifetime of her past). This is important because when she opens the doors, they remind her of her parents which passed away years ago, and it brings her joy! She opens them up every time she finds a key but, her dad had planned it when he was sick. Elsie's uncle and aunt sneak the keys into her room.
There are 8 doors in barn and Elsie's uncle's hardware office and Elsie opens each of the doors and learns enough to remember her dad and not her mom. The keys open up the barn doors where each room has a different message. Elsie uses these messages as something about her parents to remember. She opens the doors and finds something new each opening of a door.
Elsie is always busy doing her homework. She used to never do her homework but, she now does it and it makes her smarter. Elsie does it so she won't fall behind in class. Her teachers have learned to like her better now. She always has to write poems and she writes them about what she remembers about her parents.
A wooden castle
Elsie's friend, Franklin, likes to build stuff with her because Elsie's uncle is a carpenter and she lives with her uncle. They use her uncle's scraps. When Elsie and Franklin were building a castle Franklin accidentally broke Elsie's thumb when he was hammering down and Elsie had to go to the hospital. Franklin was very apologetic person at that time and apologized to Elsie right away.
Elsie and her friend Franklin loved to play knights. It helps bring them closer when they hang out and it is fun. They use fake swords and play in the woods. Elsie and Franklin played there when they were little and they want to keep that tradition of playing. Elsie gets teased at school and she hears Franklin telling the kids that they play knights and thinks it is to embarrassing so she tells him to stop playing knights with her.