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It Only Looks Easy (Single Titles) Hardcover – January 23, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Grade 4-7-On her first day in seventh grade, Kat Randall learns that her impetuosity can lead to serious consequences. After her beloved retriever is hit by a car driven by an elderly woman with Alzheimer's, Kat cannot wait any longer to hear about her dog's condition; she "borrows" a bike from school grounds and heads to the vet. Cheddar will ultimately pull through but Kat's troubles have just begun, because the bike gets stolen and she must earn the money to replace it. More bikes are taken from school and the police view Kat as a suspect. She becomes increasingly involved with Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence (the woman who hit Cheddar), staying with her so that her husband can occasionally get out. Kat's generous, impulsive nature is still in evidence, but she slowly learns responsibility, realizing that everyone deals with issues of one sort or another. Ultimately, the thieves are caught, Kat is exonerated, and she regains her sense of being a person who can be relied upon to do the right thing. 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.
B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY
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Gr. 4-7. Genuine kid humor and a good-hearted, all-too-human heroine distinguish this middle-grade novel about an unlikely juvenile delinquent. Seventh grader Kat Randall is not your typical criminal. Her good reputation begins to unravel, however, after her dog Cheddar gets hit by a car and her integrity is trumped by impulsiveness. Wild to find out how her injured dog is faring, she cuts classes to visit the vet--on a borrowed bicycle, no less. When someone steals the borrowed bike before she can return it, Kat's moment of haste manifests itself as a police record. This is serious, (very serious, Mom adds), but Kat manages to mitigate the circumstances with a good sense of humor--something she will need while baby-sitting for the rest of her life to pay for the stolen bike. On the road to restitution, Kat learns a few lessons about compassion--for the woman with Alzheimer's who was driving the car that hit Cheddar, and even for an actual bike thief who is roaming her town. A well-rounded offering. Karin Snelson
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Product Details

  • Series: Single Titles
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition (January 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761317902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761317906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,470,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book because Kat is a lot like me and my friends in seventh grade. She loves animals, especially her dog and she would do anything to see him safe. It made me think about what I would have done if I were in her place and how hard it is to always know when to do the right thing.I kept wanting to turn the pages to find out what was happening next.It's the kind of book that has you laughing one minute and almost crying the next. It's my favorite book so far this year.Ellie P., from Easton, Pa.
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By A Customer on February 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book because Kat is a lot like me and my friends in seventh grade. She loves animals, especially her dog and she would do anything to see him safe. It made me think about what I would have done if I were in her place and how hard it is to always know when to do the right thing.I kept wanting to turn the pages to find out what was happening next.It's the kind of book that has you laughing one minute and almost crying the next. It's my favorite book so far this year...
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Format: Paperback
I spied this book lying on my couch Sunday afternoon and couldn't help but see what my daughter (she's 9 and in the 3rd grade) had brought home from school to read. I ended up reading more than just the back cover--in just a couple of quick hours, I finished the book! I thought this story was a great way to give young kids an idea of what it's like to be around someone with Alzheimer's Disease. This book also explains to kids why it isn't okay to do something wrong for the "right" reasons. The main character, Kat, had many consequences to deal with after skipping school and taking someone else's bike without permission to go to the vet and see about her injured dog. She stole the bike but felt like she was only "borrowing" it. Though her heart was in the right place--she felt guilty for the injuries her dog suffered in an accident and wanted to see what the vet could do for her dog--what she did was not okay. It was a simple, easily relatable story that was not only entertaining but also contained some important messages, which is not always an easy thing to accomplish.
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A Kid's Review on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book to other people because it is very detailed and it is also very curious too. Some parts of this book were exciting or scared or curious. I think a lot of people would like to read this wonderful book. If Cheddar did not get hit by a car I think none of the horrible things would have happened. I also think that some of Kat's reactions were not very good choices. I think that Kat should not have gone to the hospital because she could go to the hospital after school. When the bike was found, I was very curious about who stole the bikes. To me, this is a very well written book and I hope many people will read it!
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By A Customer on March 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is wonderful to read a story about a character I can relate to. Kat is not a bad kid. She does something wrong, but she does it for the right reason. And then she pays for her mistake. A reader can see how one mistake can mushroom into something big, and that a person's reputation can be affected. But the reader can also learn, the way Kat does, that people can be so different than you imagined they are, once you get below the surface. Kat is a caring person, and that quality shines through. I was with her all the way!
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