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ISBN: 9780312561147192 Pages, Ages 8-12
In books, when you read something like, "everything is great," you just know that something terrible is about to happen. But in real life, you can miss the warnings. And then, wham, slam, sneak attack. Everything skids out of control.
Before the first day of seventh grade is over, Kat Randall's year is nearly ruined. When her beloved dog, Cheddar, is run over by a woman with Alzheimer's disease, Kat reacts impulsively, leaving school on a "borrowed" bike to get to the vet. Then the bike gets stolen. Kat often does the wrong thing for the right reason, but now she has gone from being a person you can count on to someone you probably shouldn't. Suddenly she is looked at differently by everyone at school—even the police are keeping an eye on her. If "one of the best years" of her life starts out like this, what's next?
Praise for It Only Looks Easy
“Swallow introduces a sympathetic and candid young narrator in this skillfully shaped novel that examines the consequences of acting impulsively.” —Publishers Weekly
“Genuine kid humor and a good-hearted, all-too-human heroine distinguish this middle-grade novel about an unlikely juvenile delinquent. . . . A well-rounded offering.” —Booklist
“Kat is a funny, warmhearted character whose voice immediately grabs readers. Snappy dialogue, sympathetic adults as well as unpleasant ones, and descriptions of the ways in which an action can have major repercussions all add to this touching, perceptive, highly readable novel that is sure to strike a chord with readers.” —School Library Journal
“I laughed out loud. Pamela Curtis Swallow has captured the nuances of funny, as well as heartbreaking, situations. Bravo--what a wonderful book!” —Ann M. Martin, Newbery winner and author of A Dog's Life
“Funny and caring, Kat is worth knowing. Pamela Curtis Swallow has created a character that readers will want as a friend.” —Paula Danziger, author of The Cat Ate My Gymsuit