Adventures in Reading
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October 23, 2006
I highly recommend the book So B. It by Sarah Weeks. So B. It is an exciting story about a 12-year-old girl named Heidi who knows almost nothing about herself or her life but is extremely lucky.
Heidi lives with her neighbor and mentally disabled mother in an apartment building. Even though Heidi is only 12, she plays the slots to get money to live. She is so lucky that she wins every time.
Heidi’s disabled mother can only say 23 words, one of which is soof. Heidi has an obsession to find out what soof means. This obsession leads her on a cross-country journey to a house she saw in a picture. Her mother was standing in front of the house.
Heidi must go alone because her neighbor is afraid to leave her apartment, and her mother is terrified of buses.
Heidi meets new people, does strange things, and tries her best to find out about her past. So B. It is a story filled with emotions that are easy to relate to. It made me sad and it made me question how people could live like Heidi. It also made me realize that I am very fortunate to have a good life.
It made me very nervous when she went cross-country. If I had to go on a bus all the way to New York from Nevada by myself, I would be very scared. I would be afraid to go up to strangers and ask them if they could act like my parent because I wasn’t old enough to ride a bus alone. Reading the book was like going on the adventure without the danger!
I enjoy reading very much. I like to read because it makes me smarter and there are some really great books out there. I read almost every night and sometimes I read two books at a time: one for school and one for home. Reading is a relaxing activity and makes it easier to fall asleep at night.
I think reading is important because when you read you learn. Books teach lessons and have valuable information. The more you read, the better you are at it and the more fun it is.
There are so many different books that you can’t help but find one you will enjoy. Reading can help you do better in school and will also help you improve your vocabulary. Read on!
Jennifer Shapp is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.