As Simple as It Seems

As Simple as It Seems

Book - 2010
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Eleven-year-old Verbena Polter gets through a difficult summer of turbulent emotions and the revelation of a disturbing family secret with an odd new friend who believes she is the ghost of a girl who drowned many years before.
Publisher: New York : Laura Geringer Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060846640
Characteristics: 181 p. ; 22 cm


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GPLKids May 11, 2012

Verbena (Verbie) is facing a long summer without her former best friend who has left for camp. The beginnings of puberty have caused her to be both emotional and unpredictable in her dealings with parents who clearly love her.
Feeling that her mother is too fat and her father is too old, Verbie chooses to be embarrassed by her parents rather than to feel their support.
The discovery that she is adopted adds to Verbena’s unsettled frame of mind and she begins to imagine herself as damaged goods. There is some discussion of fetal alcohol syndrome but the author dos not dwell on this aspect of Verbena’s heritage.
The action in this novel comes from Verbena’s dealing with a vacationing boy (Pooch) who eventually becomes her friend for the summer.
Fans of Weeks’ earlier works, such as So Be It, will recognize the Verbie character as a girl who is growing and, as a result, living with growing pains. Lots to talk about here.


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