As Simple as It Seems (Paperback)

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April 2010 Indie Next List


“With a family like hers, 11 year old Verbena Colter wonders how she could be anything but bad news. When a new neighbor arrives for the summer and Verbie has the opportunity to be someone entirely different. A sweet, funny, heartwarming story from the author of So B. It.”
— Sally Bulthuis, Pooh's Corner, Grand Rapids, MI

Description


Verbena Colter knows she's bad news.

Trouble from the get-go. How could she not be, with parents like hers? Her mother practically pickled her before she was even born, leaving Verbie to struggle with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. And her father was just plain mean. Verbie wishes she could be somebody, anybody other than who she is. Enter Pooch, a flatlander boy visiting for the summer. When Pooch and his mom rent the house next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to be someone else entirely. And what starts out as a game leads Verbie into a surprising and heartwarming journey of self-discovery.

Another gem from the author of So B. It.

Praise For…


“There are many passages that could jump-start a booktalk and get this into kids’ hands.”
-School Library Journal

“Life and death weave together in strange ways one summer for twelve year old Verbena Colter. Sarah Weeks tells her story with warmth, grace, and deep compassion. A stunning novel about life’s many complications and how we struggle to grow up, into ourselves.”
-Brian Selznick, author and Caldecott winning illustrator of THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET

“Verbena is a character you will not want to leave. An endearing story, heartfelt, and buoyant.”
-Pam Munoz Ryan, author of ESPERANZA RISING

“Young readers will recognize their struggles to grow and understand their own lives, while laughing, and crying along the way. Nothing simple here; just fine writing.”
-Avi, Newbery Medal-winning author of CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060846657
ISBN-10: 0060846658
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: September 13th, 2011
Pages: 181
Language: English
Series: Laura Geringer Books (Paperback)