So B. It by Sarah Weeks

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You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said: soof.

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbour, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother′s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.


About Sarah Weeks

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SARAH WEEKS is an extremely well-known award-winning author of numerous picture books and middle grade novels, including Who's Under That Hat? and Ruff! Ruff! Where's Scruff?, both created with David A. Carter, and her own So B. It. She lives in New York City. 9780395952139
Published September 30, 2009 by HarperCollins. 268 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Heidi is homeschooled by Bernadette and finds her unusual life to be satisfactory except for curiosity about her mother’s past, as evidenced by “soof,” her favorite of Mama’s 23 words that also function as chapter titles.

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Heidi's mother was able to tell Bernadette that her baby's name was Heidi.

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