It Only Looks Easy

It Only Looks Easy

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by Pamela Swallow
     
 

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In books, when you read something like, "everything is great," you just know that something terrible is about to happen. But in real life, you can miss the warnings. And then, wham, slam, sneak attack. Everything skids out of control.

Before the first day of seventh grade is over, Kat Randall's year is nearly ruined. When her beloved dog,

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In books, when you read something like, "everything is great," you just know that something terrible is about to happen. But in real life, you can miss the warnings. And then, wham, slam, sneak attack. Everything skids out of control.

Before the first day of seventh grade is over, Kat Randall's year is nearly ruined. When her beloved dog, Cheddar, is run over by a woman with Alzheimer's disease, Kat reacts impulsively, leaving school on a "borrowed" bike to get to the vet. Then the bike gets stolen. Kat often does the wrong thing for the right reason, but now she has gone from being a person you can count on to someone you probably shouldn't. Suddenly she is looked at differently by everyone at school—even the police are keeping an eye on her. If "one of the best years" of her life starts out like this, what's next?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Swallow introduces a sympathetic and candid young narrator in this skillfully shaped novel that examines the consequences of acting impulsively.” —Publishers Weekly

“Genuine kid humor and a good-hearted, all-too-human heroine distinguish this middle-grade novel about an unlikely juvenile delinquent. . . . A well-rounded offering.” —Booklist

“Kat is a funny, warmhearted character whose voice immediately grabs readers. Snappy dialogue, sympathetic adults as well as unpleasant ones, and descriptions of the ways in which an action can have major repercussions all add to this touching, perceptive, highly readable novel that is sure to strike a chord with readers.” —School Library Journal

“I laughed out loud. Pamela Curtis Swallow has captured the nuances of funny, as well as heartbreaking, situations. Bravo--what a wonderful book!” —Ann M. Martin, Newbery winner and author of A Dog's Life

“Funny and caring, Kat is worth knowing. Pamela Curtis Swallow has created a character that readers will want as a friend.” —Paula Danziger, author of The Cat Ate My Gymsuit

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312561147
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Edition description:
STRIPPABLE
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
747,017
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Pamela Curtis Swallow, author of A Writer's Notebook and Leave It to Christy, lives in Flemington, New Jersey. It Only Looks Easy is her first book for Roaring Brook Press.

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It Only Looks Easy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Kat, that has a dog named Cheddar. Cheddar was ran over by a car, by a woman with Alzheimer's and is sorry for what she did. Kat was so worried about Cheddar, that she skipped school and borrowed a bike to go to the vet to visit Cheddar. When she went to the vet, somebody else stole the bike from her. Now she's in big trouble,but as time goes by,things get better and seventh grade becomes one of her favorite years in school. My favorite character was Abby because she was very supportive and helpful towards Kat in her rough times. I liked this book because it shows that all negative situations can be turned into positive situations.You shouldn't read this book because it could have been more mature for children.
DaisyFlowers212 More than 1 year ago
This book was really good and i recommend it its just it was really easy and not that surprising. but i thought it was some what good and still recommmend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highlyreccomend reading this book because it is about a golden retrieve named chedder.and a girl named kate and one day chedder got ran over by a van. Then he go's to the hospital.The one part about the book I disliked this book because the parts that were sad i had to have a box of tisuse next to me.It was very sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
O my I am madly in love with this book I have a Golden retriever to! and I think I would die if she ever got hit by a car. In this book the main character Kat dogs Chedder gets hit by a car by a lady with alztimers disease. Will Chedder live to be 100 find out and read this book dont turn it down!!!!!!!!!!!! its a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because Kat is a lot like me and my friends in seventh grade. She loves animals,especially her dog and she would do anything to see him safe. It made me think about what I would have done if I were in her place and how hard it is to always know when to do the right thing.I keptwanting to turn the pages to find out what was happening next.It's the kind of book that has you laughing one minute and almost crying the next. It's my favorite book so far this year...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Kat Randall's dog Chedder getting runes over by a car.Then she also browses a bike to see the poor dog in the hospital but when she comes out to met the bike the bike is gone. My favorite character was Kat Randall because she is in a twisty mood and here charter traits moves two or more times in the book.I liked this book because it was full of action and you never know whats going to happen next. You should also read this book because if you really like your dog and you are going to the 7th grade this is a good book for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read that Kat's dog Cheddar got ran over I almost cired but I really liked it when they said she would be OK, I felt better. I also thought that Kat and Matthew were going to start going out because I thought Kat and Matt rhymed so it sounded cuter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, i felt like i was in the book invisioning it!! That is how good it was!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked that this story was told from Kat's perspective. It is a good story about a girl's affection for her pet.