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In this lyrical novel, Weeks turns to Ruby and Roy Franklin and their daughter, Aurora, supposedly the "luck" bestowed by Heidi in Weeks' So B. It (2004). All her life, Aurora has heard the story about Heidi, who came to Liberty, New York, in search of her mother, Sophia. Heidi is about to become a mother herself and wants to visit the Franklins before her daughter is born. Aurora feels conflicted: she worries that her mother loves Heidi more than her, a worry that is exacerbated when a fire drives them from home temporarily and Aurora's beloved dog, Duck, disappears. Furthermore, Aurora has difficulty socially at school due to the quirky behavior she calls "weird." In spite of almost hostile feelings, Aurora comes to terms with her pain and learns the meaning of soof, Sophia's word for deep, abiding love. Aurora's behavior is on the verge of bratty, but soof and Weeks' poetic language prevail in the end. Fans of Weeks' So B. It might appreciate the continuation of the story in this character-­driven novel. Grades 3-7. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–6—Rory has distinctive traits, with particular habits and behaviors, like tapping three times before sitting and speaking in "beepish." She is more comfortable with her dog, Duck, than with classmates and most people. More than one psychologist has declared Rory to be "quirky, but not on the spectrum." None of this bothers Rory, but she is very concerned about an impending visit from Heidi. Heidi once lived with Rory's parents, bringing them good fortune, which, according to Rory's mom, resulted in Rory's birth. Heidi is now a married woman expecting her first child, and she wants to visit for a special reason: it has to do with soof, a word from Heidi's childhood that means "love." Could Rory's mom have more soof for Heidi than for Rory? A house fire and the disappearance of Duck adds to the drama. Rory's place in the family and the pain of a lost dog are resolved in the fast-paced conclusion. The search for the meaning of soof was Heidi's quest in Weeks's So B. It and becomes Rory's in this return to the town of Liberty. Happily, both find it in this standalone novel. VERDICT A poignant and well-crafted tale for fans of Weeks's previous novels and readers who enjoy character-driven family narratives set in small towns.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library

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Author Biography

Sarah Weeks was born and raised in the United States. She is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including Save Me a Seat with Gita Varadarajan, Honey, Pie, So B. It, Oggie Cooder, and Oggie Cooder: Party Animal. She lives in New York and teaches in the MFA program at the New School in New York City. She can be found on the web at
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Aurora unhappily stands in the shadow of popular Heidi, who is credited as a good-luck charm by Aurora's family, until a house fire and the disappearance of the family dog challenge Aurora's beliefs about love. - (Baker & Taylor)

All her life Aurora has heard stories about how wonderful and lucky Heidi is, and soon this paragon (now grown up and expecting a baby) will be visiting; but before she arrives part of their house is damaged in a fire, and worse, Aurora's beloved dog disappears--and while her parents have always believed in "soof" (Heidi's mom's word for love), Aurora, who has never really fit in with children her own age, will just have to find her own soof. - (Baker & Taylor)

A standalone follow-up to So B. It finds Aurora unhappily standing in the shadow of popular Heidi, who is credited as a good-luck charm by Aurora's family until a house fire and the disappearance of Aurora's beloved dog challenge her beliefs about love. By the award-winning co-author of Save Me a Seat. - (Baker & Taylor)

All her life, Aurora has heard stories about Heidi and all the good luck she brought Aurora's family. Aurora, though, doesn't feel very lucky. The kids at school think she's weird. And she's starting to think her mom thinks she's weird, too. Especially compared to Heidi.

On the eve of a visit from Heidi, more bad luck hits Aurora's family. There's a fire in their attic, destroying a good part of their house. And, even worse, Aurora's beloved dog goes missing. Aurora and her family have always believed in soof -- Heidi's mom's word for love. But sometimes even when soof is right there in front of you, you still need to find it -- and that's exactly what Aurora is going to do.
- (Scholastic)

In this stand-alone follow-up to Sarah Weeks's beloved So B. It, a girl who the world might see as weird finds her footing and stands her ground.
- (Scholastic)

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