Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving aunt and uncle, because her 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. But when Elise and Franklin start middle school, things start to feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin seeming babyish all of a sudden. Then, soon after her twelfth birthday, Elise is given a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn… A moving and realistic second novel by the author of Love, Aubrey.
“LaFleur… writes with uncommon sensitivity to the fraught period between childhood and the teenage years, when friendships balance on a razor’s edge and nothing feels certain.” Publishers Weekly starred review