So B. It
By Sarah Weeks
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780066236223, 256pp.)
Publication Date: May 2004
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You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew twenty-three words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said, soof.
Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother′s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.
A dramatic tour de force by the best-selling author of Regular Guy.
Sarah Weeks is an author, singer, and songwriter. Her many books for young readers include the My First I Can Read Book Splish, Splash!, illustrated by Ashley Wolff, and the I Can Read Books Mac and Cheese, Baa-Choo!, Pip Squeak, and Drip, Drop, all illustrated by Jane Manning. She lives in upstate New York.
“A remarkable novel. [Heidi’s] cross-country journey is brave and daring and yields surprising results.”
-New York Times Book Review
“Refreshing, offbeat characters. As the riddle of Heidi’s life slowly unfolds, readers will be genuinely touched and surprised.”
-VOYA (starred review)
“The heart of the search for home and history is one that readers will find compelling.”
“Readers will pull for and empathize with the likable characters.”
-School Library Journal
“A quick and satisfying tale of love, determination, and the kindness of strangers.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books