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Gr 4–6—Verbie, 11, is happy with her life in a small town with a best friend and loving parents until she discovers a secret that shakes her world. It turns out that Verbie's real father is her uncle who is in jail for murder, her real mother drank too much when she was pregnant, and Verbie is probably suffering from some of the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. Unable to understand, she begins to act out and yell at her mother who she feels is smothering her with attention. To make matters worse, Verbie's best friend deserts her and she's faced with a lonely summer. Then Pooch and his mother come from the city and rent the house next door for the summer. For some reason, Pooch thinks that Verbie is the ghost of a girl who drowned in a nearby lake and Verbie takes the opportunity to become someone else, at least in the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. It starts out as a game and their unlikely friendship grows, but some dangerous problems arise. Verbie must reach inside herself to cope with them and, in the process, learns much more about herself and her place in the world. Rachel Gray narrates all the characters in Sarah Weeks's novel (HarperCollins, 2010) with slightly different voices, making their emotions sound real. A heartwarming story of self-discovery.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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Gr 4–6—Verbie, 11, is happy with her life in a small town with a best friend and loving parents until she discovers a secret that shakes her world. It turns out that Verbie's real father is her uncle who is in jail for murder, her real mother drank too much when she was pregnant, and Verbie is probably suffering from some of the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. Unable to understand, she begins to act out and yell at her mother who she feels is smothering her with attention. To make matters worse, Verbie's best friend deserts her and she's faced with a lonely summer. Then Pooch and his mother come from the city and rent the house next door for the summer. For some reason, Pooch thinks that Verbie is the ghost of a girl who drowned in a nearby lake and Verbie takes the opportunity to become someone else, at least in the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. It starts out as a game and their unlikely friendship grows, but some dangerous problems arise. Verbie must reach inside herself to cope with them and, in the process, learns much more about herself and her place in the world. Rachel Gray narrates all the characters in Sarah Weeks's novel (HarperCollins, 2010) with slightly different voices, making their emotions sound real. A heartwarming story of self-discovery.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307915290
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Format: CD

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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    fantastic

    i am 11 years old and i couldn't let go of this book. It is faith-lifting and inspiring to know that just because your mom and dad arent your real parents doesnt mean your not loved and to show that different people can change your life forever. It is an inspiring book. I think people can relate to Verbena and her problems.

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Amazing one of the best authors in the world in my opinion:)

    Me being only twelve years old it is hard for me to find a book that i will actually read and not get bored of a few chapters into the book. Well if you are anthing like me you will love this book. Not only is this an amazing book but she is an amazing author. I also fell in love and still is in love with her other book called so b it. I highly recomend these books:) hope you will like them as much as i did!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Great Book !

    An inspiring book that so many can relate to. Sometimes we all wish we were someone else. I could not put it down! I strongly recommend this to any reader. This book just goes to show that no matter what people in the past have done, you don't have to let it effect you. As Verbie realizes in this book, family isn't who is related to you, but who loves you

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Good

    This book is amazing. I can't say anything bad about this book. It is good for the ages of 10-12. Sarah Weeks did a great job with this book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    Okay, this was cute . I'm not big on middle grade novels

    Okay, this was <i>cute</i>
    .

    I'm not big on middle grade novels - they're usually too short for my liking - but when I'm sick, I like to read something that doesn't involve much thinking and that is rather adorable. <i>As Simple As It Seems</i>
    delivered on those counts.

    There's not much to any of the characters - Weeks does her best to make them deep, given the length of the book - but the main characters, Verbie and Pooch, were adorable. They made me giggle and some of the things they said I laughed out loud at and just had to repeat to myself.

    As for the plot - well, it's not too difficult to figure out what happens, even if you are younger. (It's spelled out for you.) The story itself was cute, though, and has a good lesson that goes with it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Yes!!!!!

    Okay...ill be honest... i cried...:') but u should still read it. If you cry..that just means the book means more and u comprehend it all into the vivid pictures in your mind. If u havent read this yet, READ NOW!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Touching

    I thought this book is well written and it really made me think how lucky i am to be where i am today

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Book

    Very good book.READ IT

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    Sweet Story of a Young Girl Trying to Find Herself

    Twelve-year-old Verbena Colter, thinks her life is pretty simple - until she finds out it's not: Her parents aren't really her parents. Her best friend ditches her for a new friend. And her emotions are suddenly very negative and difficult to control. It looks like Verbena's life is spiraling downward until a young boy, nicknamed Pooch, moves into a nearby rental house. The two strike up an unusual friendship, and eventually Verbena learns that while life isn't simple and perfect, it's still good.

    As Simple as It Seems is a poignant tale of self-discovery. Verbena is a character with flaws, but at the same time, she is likeable. Since the story is told from a first person point of view, readers can really see what's going on inside Verbena's head as she struggles through her issues.

    Verbena's story will resonate with young girls in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, who may find themselves struggling with friend and hormone issues. As Simple as It Seems is a nice read for kids in that age group.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Heartwarming

    I rate it a four because it wasnt my absouloute favorute book but it was still very good. I totally reccomend anyone to read thus beautifully written book by sarah weeks. It is so very wonderful indeed. I love thus book and im sure yiu that is reading this will too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Cute Inspiring Story by Sarah Weeks I enjoyed the book As Simple

    Cute Inspiring Story by Sarah Weeks
    I enjoyed the book As Simple as it Seems by Sarah Weeks. Out of 5 stars, I would give it 4. I would give it 4 stars because the whole time I was reading I was interested. My favorite character was the main character, Verbena, a girl that finds out she’s adopted and then ends up meeting and becoming best friends with the new boy that just moved in. One of biggest reasons I liked this book was because it could really relate to girls, or even boys, that are adopted or confused about their feelings. When Verbena finds out the truth, she turns into a very angry person, and she gets short tempered. In addition to that, another thing I liked about this book was how new things were always happening. For example, I would have never thought that she was going to find out she was adopted or meet a new boy who at first believed she was a ghost. Another reason I enjoyed this book was it was a touching story. Even though Verbena found out she was adopted and thought her life was annoying and boring, she realized that he parents did love her, and her life really wasn’t that bad. Over all, I think this book was pretty good, and I would recommend it for people around the ages 11-13. It was a relatable book and a cute story. 
    HaileyCHMS14

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    great book even though it made me cry

    I love how this book was written

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Awesome Book!!!!!!!

    I lllloooovvvveeee this book!!! When you feel the same way, it is so easy to relate to. I read So B. It and was trying to find more books by Sarah Weeks. Then I found this book and couldn't stop reading it. It was so heart-warming and I wanted Pooch and Verbie to fall in love and be boyfriend-girlfriend. You have to read this book!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Book

    1 of the BEST books I have read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    As Simple as it Seems

    Really good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    As simple as it seems

    I just got this book from book fair and its great
    Just started it seems somewhat sad talking about her family's history.
    I really do feel bad for her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    As simple as utd T. Book

    Amazing book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Anonumus

    This book was pretty good! I liked it a lot! I read it in 4th grade, but I still love it! :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Looooooove it!

    This in my opionion is one of my favorite authors! I am not finished yet but i loove sara week's books.i never really read anyway because im twelve years old and i can never find a good book. I ooved so b it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Anonymous

    I read this book and absolutly positively loved it.It makes you think that there is nothing better than being in your own skin. And even though life might stink like stinky frito smelling socks at some points people that love you can turn that around. Well if you let them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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