It Only Looks Easy

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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. If "one of the best years" of her life starts out like this, what's next?

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Overview

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. If "one of the best years" of her life starts out like this, what's next?

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Genuine kid humor and a good-hearted, all-too-human heroine distinguish this middle-grade novel about an unlikely juvenile delinquent. Seventh grader Kat Randall is not your typical criminal. Her good reputation begins to unravel, however, after her dog Cheddar gets hit by a car and her integrity is trumped by impulsiveness. Wild to find out how her injured dog is faring, she cuts classes to visit the vet—on a borrowed bicycle, no less. When someone steals the borrowed bike before she can return it, Kat's moment of haste manifests itself as a police record. This is serious, (very serious, Mom adds), but Kat manages to mitigate the circumstances with a good sense of humor—something she will need while baby-sitting for the rest of her life to pay for the stolen bike. On the road to restitution, Kat learns a few lessons about compassion—for the woman with Alzheimer's who was driving the car that hit Cheddar, and even for an actual bike thief who is roaming her town. A well-rounded offering.

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On her first day in seventh grade, Kat Randall learns that her impetuosity can lead to serious consequences. After her beloved retriever is hit by a car driven by an elderly woman with Alzheimer's, Kat cannot wait any longer to hear about her dog's condition; she "borrows" a bike from school grounds and heads to the vet. Cheddar will ultimately pull through but Kat's troubles have just begun, because the bike gets stolen and she must earn the money to replace it. More bikes are taken from school and the police view Kat as a suspect. She becomes increasingly involved with Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence (the woman who hit Cheddar), staying with her so that her husband can occasionally get out. Kat's generous, impulsive nature is still in evidence, but she slowly learns responsibility, realizing that everyone deals with issues of one sort or another. Ultimately, the thieves are caught, Kat is exonerated, and she regains her sense of being a person who can be relied upon to do the right thing. 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312561147
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 532,741
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Good Book...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

    Good but.....

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

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    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    the worlds greatest book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    I Loved This Book ...

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    I only looks easy

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    One of the best books I have read

    When I read this book, i felt like i was in the book invisioning it!! That is how good it was!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    It's the Best Book I have read

    I liked that this story was told from Kat's perspective. It is a good story about a girl's affection for her pet.

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