Verbena Colter knows she’s bad news. Trouble from the get go. How could she not be, with a family like hers? But Verbie doesn’t want to be mean. She wishes she could be somebody, anybody other than who she is. Enter, Pooch, a flatlander boy visiting for the summer. When Pooch and his mother rent the “haunted house” next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to pretend to be someone else entirely. And what starts out as a game leads Verbie into a surprising and heartwarming journey of self-discovery.
Praise and Honors
Summer 2010 Kids’ Indie Next Pick
“Sarah Weeks fans will not be disappointed.”
—PW Shelf Talker
“…master storyteller Sarah Weeks brings together a girl, a boy, a lake, a boat, a ghost story, a town band, and a three-legged dog. The coming of age tale that results is repeatedly laugh-out-loud funny. But it is also very revealing…”