By Sarah Weeks
Verbena Colter understands she's undesirable information. difficulty from the get-go. How may possibly she now not be, with mom and dad like hers? Her mom virtually pickled her earlier than she was once even born, leaving Verbie to fight with the consequences of fetal alcohol syndrome. And her father was once simply undeniable suggest. Verbie needs she might be an individual, anyone except who she is. input Pooch, a flatlander boy traveling for the summer time. while Pooch and his mother hire the home round the corner, Verbie takes the chance to be another individual completely. And what begins out as a video game leads Verbie right into a impressive and heartwarming trip of self-discovery. one other gem from the writer of So B. It.
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By Easter the two of them were as intertwined as the milky stems of the dandelions Annie and I had spent hours together weaving into chains. The cherry on top of my fifth-grade year was seeing Chris Cartwright holding hands with Annie out in the parking lot right before the graduation ceremony. My parents and I had just gotten out of the car when my mother gasped and pointed. ” she whispered. But it wasn’t my Annie. Not anymore. For some mysterious reason that spring the lilac bush in our front yard bloomed late.
It was parked in the driveway of the Allen house. To my surprise the woman in the big hat was unloading suitcases and boxes from the back. Curious, I got off my bike, stashed it in the weeds, and quietly crept closer to get a better look at her. Flatlander, I said to myself as soon as I saw her tight black clothes and the shiny gold bracelets decorating her arms halfway up to her elbows. Her hair was blond, a brassy shade of yellow I was sure had come from a bottle, and she was thin as a pencil.
I’d rather die. They don’t even have high-speed internet up here—they use dial-up. Dial-up. ” I’d never heard the word podunk before, but it didn’t take a genius to know that it was an insult. Typical. Flatlanders always thought they were better than everybody else. I stayed hidden in the weeds watching until the boy and his mother had lugged the last of their stuff up the stairs and into the house. When they were finished, the boy came back out and sat on the porch by himself for a while. Pooch.