There are eight locked rooms in the barn outside of the house Elise lives in with her Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hugh. Her mother died when she was born, her father got sick a few years later, and he died, too. Now Elise is starting sixth grade, middle school, and we all know how terrible middle school is. Kids are mean, classes are hard, consequences are greater, and Elise is having a lot of trouble adjusting. And it might be time for Elise to learn what's behind those doors--the last gifts her father left her.
This was a sweet book. The more I think about it, the better I like it. Elise seemed awfully immature to me for a sixth grader, but then, that's the point. I loved the puzzles, I loved the supporting cast--the adults in Elise's life were particularly awesome--and I loved Franklin. I want Franklin to be my best friend.