Monday, December 7, 2009

Somebody by Nancy Springer

Ever had the feeling that something just isn’t right? That the life you are leading belongs to someone else and is not your own? Why are we always moving and why does my dad make my brother and I change our names and hair color each time?

Meet…. Um, let’s see. You can call this new girl by whatever name you like because at the moment she is whoever you want her to be. There is something suspicious about the way her father isolates her and her brother from society; how they are always moving just as they get settled into a community. They are not allowed to have friends over to their house, get on the Internet, have cell phones, or take pictures. Why is her dad being so secretive? What does he have to hide and where is her mother? Did she really run off and leave her children, like her dad said that she did? Something just does not add up.

This is the life of Sherica Suloff. One day she remembers her real name and begins to put together pieces of her past: memories that she’d been forced into forgetting. A trip to the library and an Internet search changes everything! Sherica meets Mason, a young boy who appears to be about her own age, well at least the age that she has been told she is. With Mason’s help, Sherica slowly begins to dig up the skeletons from her past: deep dark secrets hidden by her father. Is he trying to protect himself or his children?

Sherica has found out too much. There in black and white is the truth about her family. Is it too late for her to go back to her secret life?

This two-time Edgar Award winning book has just about everything that a reader could want: suspense, drama, and relativity. Springer takes you into the mind and secret life of fifteen-year old Sherica: the chubby girl with no identity. Somebody is recommended for young teens. The book is an easy read it does not contain difficult terms or a controversial subject matter. The book is very enjoyable, however the ending leaves some unanswered questions about the fate or Sherica and her family. Springer leaves the reader yearning for a follow-up book. Could this be the beginning of a series?


schenieka hoskins said...

The book sounds great and interesting. I think that the book will also be relatable to youthful readers. It seems as if the theme of identity is prevalent throughout the book. If so great because self-identity is a reoccurring factor that faces young adults everyday!

Hutting said...

I want to read this book also, but one thing bothers me? Does this book explain the moving and hiding reasons or is that left open for the next book? Is there a conclusion or are you just left hanging? I like a book that gives some answers to bait the reader onto the next book, without leaving the reader totally in the dark.

Lisa Burnham said...

What would today's teenagers do if they were not allowed to use the internet, have a cell phone or their friends over. They would drive us all crazy. What a mystery though. I would love to order a class set and read this book with my 6-8 graders. I would be very interested in hearing their views during discussion.