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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (661 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Weeks Narrator: Rachel Gray Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Verbena Colter knows she’s bad news.

Trouble from the get-go. How could she not be, with parents like hers? Her mother practically pickled her before she was even born, leaving Verbie to struggle with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. And her father was just plain mean. Verbie wishes she could be somebody, anybody other than who she is. Enter Pooch, a flatlander boy visiting for the summer. When Pooch and his mom rent the house next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to be someone else entirely. And what starts out as a game leads Verbie into a surprising and heartwarming journey of self-discovery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Life and death weave together in strange ways one summer for twelve year old Verbena Colter. Sarah Weeks tells her story with warmth, grace, and deep compassion. A stunning novel about life’s many complications and how we struggle to grow up, into ourselves.”

    Brian Selznick, author and Caldecott winning illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

  • “Young readers will recognize their struggles to grow and understand their own lives, while laughing, and crying along the way. Nothing simple here; just fine writing.”

    Avi, Newbery Medal-winning author of Crispin: The Cross of Lead

  • “There are many passages that could jump-start a booktalk and get this into kids’ hands.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jess | 2/18/2014

    " There will be plenty of kids who could relate to Verbena. She doesn't like who she is or her background and wants to change herself. When the new kid moves in next door that is her chance to do just that. Overall a nice story, Weeks does have a way with writing to allow readers to feel Verbena's frustration. I wasn't too fond of the ending, but still a good one to recommend to older elementary kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim Patton | 2/9/2014

    " Verbena has a troubled life. Her parents are an embarrassment, friends are scarce. When she stumbles upon a life-changing secret, she thinks she is permanently doomed. A new neighbor moves into the house of a girl who died, however, creating the opportunity for Verbena to make a new image for herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marjorie | 1/29/2014

    " A heartwarming book of growing up, friendship and adventure. Verbena and Pooch are adorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maya sachs | 1/28/2014

    " sometimes you have to break out of your shell to move forward "

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