Saturday 18 August 2018

BOOK REVIEW - Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie
Author: Tonya Duncan Ellis
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publication Date: January 12th, 2018

Book Description:
Oh, the tangled web we weave...

Sixth grader Sophie Washington thought she had life figured out when she was younger, but this school year, everything changed. She feels like an outsider because she's the only one in her class without a cell phone, and her crush, new kid Toby Johnson, has been calling her best friend Chloe. To fit in, Sophie changes who she is. Her plan to become popular works for a while, and she and Toby start to become friends. 

In between the boy drama, Sophie takes a whirlwind class field trip to Austin, TX, where she visits the state museum, eats Tex-Mex food, and has a wild ride on a kayak. Back at home, Sophie fights off buzzards from her family's roof, dissects frogs in science class, and has fun at her little brother Cole's basketball tournament. 

Things get more complicated when Sophie "borrows" a cell phone and gets caught. If her parents make her tell the truth, what will her friends think? Turns out Toby has also been hiding something, and Sophie discovers the best way to make true friends is to be yourself.

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I rather enjoyed this tale. It was a simple story about the consequences of lying. It's nearing Sophie's eleventh birthday, and she wants the one thing everyone else has: a mobile phone. Of course, Sophie's parents are of the opinion that she's too young for a phone, so as Sophie tries to sway their decision, she goes to various lengths trying to make her friends believe that she has a new phone. When her lies start to catch up to her, however, she realises just how much of a pickle she's got herself into and has no idea how to get out it.

It was a short read with an important lesson for everyone. It definitely made me want to continue with the rest of the books in the series. I hope to see more character development throughout the series. Job well done.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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