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  • So. Be. It

    SoBe

    by Sarah Weeks
    244 pages
    Reviewed by The Book Dealer

     
    “I would be lying if I said that given a choice, I wouldn’t rather know than not know. But there are some things you can just know for no good reason other than that you do, and then there are other things that no matter how badly you want to know them, you just can’t” (p.4).
     
    There is something so very sweet about a book that reminds us that FAMILY includes those people we choose, not just the people who are our blood relatives. Maybe it is because I am an adoptive mother of an amazing 12 (almost 13)-year-old, but this book just tugged at every heart string I have.
     
    The story starts with the reader meeting Heidi, a young lady whose mother only speaks 23 words. Nothing is clear to Heidi, due to her mother’s limitations as a mentally disabled woman. Heidi doesn’t know who her father is, what her birthdate is, or why she has been taken care of her entire life by her neighbor Bernadette. When Heidi’s mom starts to chant a new unintelligible word and Heidi finds some mysterious undeveloped film, finding an answer to her questions seems to be a possibility. The scary part? She has to travel across the nation alone, as Bernadette is agoraphobic, as well as the only person who can stay behind to take care of Heidi’s mom.
     
    In the process of the long journey, Heidi learns more about herself burgeoning into adulthood than she wants to admit. And she definitely learns about the power of love and friendship.

    Notes to Teachers: This book would be great for upper elementary and middle school. I would think girls would enjoy this a bit more than boys, but Heidi’s only friend is a male character, which might entice young men, as well.

    Suggestions for Possible Concepts: Friendship, Family, Differences

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