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.--from the publisher


What can you do when you realize your parents love another girl more than they love you?  How much can it hurt when you have heard her stories so many times that you can tell them even better than your mother can?    What have you lost when your parents think you are a little weird and don't know you enough to know you would never have set your own house on fire?

Aurora, better known as Rory, has lived in her town for her whole life. She knows everyone in her class and they know her.  In fact, they remember when she bit and when she turned upside down on the climbing bars, forgot she was wearing her dress and flashed everyone her flowered underwear.  What she knows best is how much her parents loved having a girl named Heidi come and live with them.  Rory has heard those stories again and again and again.

Rory knows she's different.  She has to tap each elbow to keep things even and she speaks a foreign language not even her mother can translate.  Things start crumbling in Rory's life when she finds out Heidi is coming to visit them.

Where is Rory's love?  Who will want her more than any other child in the world? Who will love her even though she can be weird?

You will want to cheer for Rory all the way!

208 pages          978-0545846653         Ages 8-12

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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