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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.

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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 the Author

Sarah Weeks is an author, singer, and songwriter. Her many books for young readers include the My First I Can Read Book Splish, Splash!, illustrated by Ashley Wolff, and the I Can Read Books Mac and Cheese, Baa-Choo!, Pip Squeak, and Drip, Drop, all illustrated by Jane Manning. She lives in upstate New York.

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the bookish mama, July 9, 2012 (view all comments by the bookish mama)
I didn't expect to fall in love with So B. It, but I did from my very first reading with my students back in 2006. Heidi's has a very atypical childhood because she takes care of her mother with a mental disability instead of being taken care of. Her mother only uses a very limited vocabulary of 23 words. All the words make sense except for one, "soof" and it is this very word that sends Heidi on a journey across the country in search for answers about who her mother is and ultimately, who she is.

One of my favorite characters is Heidi's reclusive neighbor, Bernadette, who has her own issues. She ends up being a kind of surrogate mother to Heidi and I appreciate her eagerness to help raise Heidi. It's hard to think about a kid who's in such difficult circumstances being all alone without any support.

I loved that the chapters were each titled with one of the words that Heidi's mother knows, of course ending with "soof." You can't help but admire Heidi's tenacity and courage to find out the truth about her family and therefore herself. She ends up finding out much more than what she expected, but I think that happens very frequently when one decides to go soul-searching. I have a few other books by Sarah Weeks that I've been waiting to read, especially Pie.

I've had such rich discussions in lit. circles with my students over the years with this book and it pushes them to think deeper and ask some hard questions about life. I highly recommend it!
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terisharlow, February 5, 2009 (view all comments by terisharlow)
This book was confusing at first, but as I read on, it kept getting more exciting. I thought that the ending was the best part, but I can't tell you anything. But I learned this, a mentally retarded mother still has a head full of memories, good and bad, and a heart full of love.
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choco_princess, July 31, 2007 (view all comments by choco_princess)
This book is one of my favorites! The beginning doesn't have alot of action, but it's a part where Heidi explains about herself, and prepares you for the second part of the book.

So B. It is about a girl named Heidi. Her mother is mentally challenged and can only say 21 words. Their neighber, Bernie, is the one that cares for Heidi and So B. It. As Heidi grows older she begins to grow more and more curious about herself, and who she is. So she decides to go on a journey to find out more about herself and her mother, and what soof, a word in So B. It's vocabulary, means.

Sarah Weeks is a great author and I love how she makes you a part of Heidi's life, and her mission and journey. This is one book everyone absolutely must read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064410472
Author:
Weeks, Sarah
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
by Sarah Weeks
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.60x5.20x.58 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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