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At the age of 15, a girl who has spent most of her life moving around the country with her father and brother remembers her real name, and is moved to search the Internet to learn the truth about her mother and her own past.
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Holiday House (first published March 13th 2009)
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Cara
Everyone wants to feel like they're "somebody". This book deals with how it feels like to not to have your own identity, and how important it is to find it.

Surprisingly Sherica actually remembers her name, even though her father has toted her and her brother from town to town, and you guessed it they always change their names. Along with changing their names they alter their whole entire looks. Sherica can't even remember what her real hair color is. Her older brother seems to be fine with how
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F.T. Bradley
Another book with a skinny spine! I know, it sounds like I’m a lazy reader, but I really want to see how authors do when using fewer pages.

Somebody tells us about Sherica, who’s keeps moving and gets a new name with each place she and her father and brother move to. She’s 15, and is beginning to question what her father has been telling her. Is her mother really a floozy who ran out on them?

Sherica (her real name) finds out through an internet search that she’s a missing girl, and that her mothe
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Marjorie Light
When a proven, talented, award-winning writer like Nancy Springer has a new book out, it is wise to take notice. In her recent offering, SOMEBODY, we meet a girl who needs to be noticed, as well.

As the novel opens, we do not know the name of the main character (MC) telling her story through first person narration, and we soon discover why. There is a mystery swirling around her and her family’s need to move from two-bit town to another; and it takes a library nerd to help her get to the heart of
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Diane Ferbrache
The teen protagonist is a girl whose family has changed names and locations repeatedly for almost as long as she can remember. Her dad and brother seem comfortable with it all, but Sherica (her "real" name) begins to wonder if her father is being truthful about everything.

This is a brief story, a quick read because of its brevity but also because the reader is sucked in immediately. I read it in an afternoon. Teens should really enjoy this book. I really liked the relationship between Sherica a
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Theresa C
Somebody
Nancy Springer Holiday House c2009 ISBN978-0-8234-2099

I really enjoyed reading through this short novel about a 15 year old girl who discovers that her father has abducted her. After ten years she is making the courageous attempt to find her mother and return home. The story is fast paced and riveting although I thought the ending fell short in that the author didn't go far enough to explain to the reader the circumstances surrounding her abduction. I felt it could have used a few additi
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Ramarie
With a tight and focused plot--coming in at just over 100 pages--this is a quick read about a young teen questioning her identity. Her name and her home have changed many times over the years, as she's moved with her father and brother. As she begins to question why her life is so strange, she comes to the realization that perhaps the lies about her mother aren't all true, and her life on the move may be part of a bigger deception. The author stays focused on the main character and her burgeonin ...more
Mrs. Tongate
A great quick read for both middle and high school students. Read aloud pages 1-2 for intro.

Sherica, 15, always moving and getting a new name with each place she and her father and brother move to. She’s is beginning to question what her father has been telling her. Is her mother really a floozy who ran out on them?

Sherica (her real name) finds out through an internet search at the Public Library that she’s a missing girl, and that her mother has spent the past 10 years looking for her. Now she
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Kiante Phelps
one of my fav books! ive been reading it over and over again since 4th grade something i would tell any of my friends to read.
Karina Tavarez
This book is about a 15 year old girl who has to move from place to place . She has a low self esteem but that doesn't stop her . The reason she moves from place to place is because her dad did not have custody of Sherica and her brother and took them anyway . Sherica doesn't find that out until later in the story with the help of her friend named Mason . Finally one day Sherica decides to find her mom , she leaves a runaway note for her brother and father . She gets her mothers phone number fro ...more
Nick
Nancy Springer's knowledge of libraries seems strangely limited, at best, but the story is an interesting one. It is immediately clear to the reader that the girl's father is on the run from something, but what? As the story quickly unfolds, the main character is faced with difficult choices.
This one seems to have been written as a "quick read" for reluctant readers, or to give support to teen girls who have family problems. As such, I think it succeeds, but the high-speed, short-attention-span
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Bentoboxcreature22
Love this book. Wonderful, realistic, and inspiring heroine, plot, and resolution.
Terry
This was a quick read. I finished it in one night. The story is simple: a girl and her brother and dad move a lot and keep changing names. And their dad won't let them take pictures of themselves or get on the Internet. Hmmm, something sounds fishy. Let's just say that things aren't quite right with this family, but to find out the whole story, you'll have to read the book. The writing is good and will keep you reading. Recommended for middle school and up. Girls will especially like this book.
Denise
Although the professional journals didn't like it much, I did. Sherica fills the whole in her heart from the absence of her mother with junk food, which her dad is happy to supply. He wants her to look nothing like her childhood self because he kidnapped Sherica and her brother from their mom. This is about how and if Sherica has the self-confidence to look for her mom by herself. The narration is spot-on "teen talk."
Chelsea
Wow very intense book. I keep thinking what happened to Marten? I am intrigued how this book progressed, I was shocked at how Sherica's dad and brother treated her, and I was even more shocked that she let them. It was a bit hard to read with the writing reflecting Sherica's very young though teenage thoughts. 4.5 stars.
Heather
Not a deep book, but an easy (and short!) one, and an inviting one for reluctant readers. Not intensely similar, but it still made me think of The Face on the Milk Carton. You may need to suspend belief slightly at the way events unfold and wrap up, but I would still recommend it to teens.
Sabrina Marie
A very fast paced book. Came into work two hours early and read the whole thing before my shift actually started. Definitely not an indepth story but a pleasant read to pass some time when a whole lot of concentration isn't needed. In genereal for what it is I really enjoyed it.
Brian
Read this in one sitting which means a couple of things, 1) it is a very short book at 117 pages, and 2) it is immediately engaging and familiar... familiar yes, like an afterschool special from 1975 with Sally Fields as 'the mom'... but nevertheless... I'd recommend.
Daria
This would be a great book to grab reluctant readers, as it's short and pretty fast moving. However, more discerning and/or experienced readers will likely find the plot to be fairly predictable and the characters to be pretty one dimensional.
Christine Crawford
Will probably appeal to a lot of teens. It's a quick read and interesting enough story. Personally I would have liked a little more character development (on pretty much all of the characters), but other than that I enjoyed it.
Heather
When all you've known is constant relocation, what happens when you want more? Without a real name--only "fat" names--what does a teen do to realize she is somebody? A thoughtful book about being who you are...
Martha
Apr 04, 2009 Martha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle school and up
Shelves: teens, 2009
Yep - you don't know what's not normal if you have lived it all your life. And you really don't know other people's stories as well as you may think you do. This seemed to me to be a realistic portrayal of characters.
Amy
An interesting look at the life of a teen who was kidknapped by her father. Quik read for reluctant readers.
Sarah
the book was a really short read and it was also a good book.
Mary Ann
A very powerful story that shadows far too many young people.
Connie
Jul 06, 2009 Connie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Kind of hated this book. It was just so implausible.
Caramia Milloway
Short, accessible, good story.
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BIO -- NANCY SPRINGER


Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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