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So B. It

So B. It

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Sarah Weeks
ISBN: 0-06-623622-3
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Twelve-year-old Heidi has a mentally -challenged mother who cannot tell her child about her background. Their devoted neighbor, Bernadette, who home schools Heidi and cares for them both suffers from extreme agoraphobia. She can't go out of her apartment. But Heidi has a surprising talent that helps her unusual family survive. She is profoundly lucky. In an emergency, she can always obtain money from the slot machine at the Sudsy Duds Laundromat on the corner. While the child is growing up, this trio is happily self-sufficient, but as she matures, Heidi becomes obsessed with knowing her origins and becomes frustrated with her mother who cannot tell her. When she finds an old camera with film still in it among her mother's things, the fat is in the fire.

While quirkily improbable but not impossible, the author sends her likable protagonist on a journey to discover her true identity. Heidi's journey is a page-turning adventure with an unpredictable denouement.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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