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As Simple as it Seems
by Sarah Weeks
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 910L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Laura Geringer Books
NO. PAGES: 192
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
ISBN: 0060846631
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop

The Story
As Simple as it Seems—Book Review

Eleven-year-old Verbena Colter has been having a tough year in fifth grade. She is moody and angry, she's suddenly horribly embarrassed by her over-weight mother, and her best friend is best friends with someone else. Verbie is wondering why she's having all of these strange emotions, and when she finds out that she was adopted, she thinks she's figured out why. Her biological parents were not model citizens, and she's certain that their bad blood is now rising in her. When she meets Pooch, the fragile, allergic-to-everything boy renting the house next door for the summer, she sees the perfect opportunity to pretend to be the nice girl she used to be.
The Scoop
As Simple as it Seems—Book Review
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This is an endearing story about discovering who you are inside. Verbie finds out in fifth grade that not only was she adopted, but that she was also a victim of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which explains her small size, glasses, and learning difficulties. Suddenly, she questions her status with her adoptive parents and worries that the she has the bad character of her biological father, who is in prison for killing another man. She and Pooch form a special friendship, but a secret adventure of theirs puts Pooch's life in jeopardy. After the near tragedy, Verbie is able to finally see what the truth about who she is inside and repair her relationship with her adoptive mother, to whom she has said hateful things in anger. Young readers will appreciate Verbie's struggles with mysterious emotions, being embarrassed by parents, and worries about her true nature. Heads-up for sensitive animal-lovers -- there is a baby bird death, and a vague reference to an injury to a baby bunny.
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