Weeks, Sarah As Simple as it Seems, 192 p. Laura Geringer (Harper), 2010. $15.99. Verbena Colter, 11, is bent out of shape when her best friend leaves her for someone else. Then she discovers that her new neighbor Pooch, a summer visitor, is naïve enough to believe that Verbena is the ghost of a young girl who drowned in the local pond. Verbena is mad enough, after finding out that she is adopted, to string Pooch along – and a few long summer days are just enough to change everything. This si the kind of book that teachers and adult will thoroughly enjoy reading, while kids will need more encouragement than that. EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher.