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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Sophie Washington: Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis is a children’s Grade 4-6 fictional novel; this is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of children, tweens, and teens who enjoy drama fiction where the main characters are girls. Sophie Washington is an eleven-year-old girl who is in the sixth grade at Xavier Academy. This year Sophie has developed a crush on new boy Toby Johnson, who just transferred to Xavier Academy after his family moved to Texas from Cleveland, Ohio. Not only does Sophie have to deal with her crush making goo goo eyes at her best friend Chloe, but she is also one of the few people her age who does not own a cell phone and she is determined to change that one way or another. Will Sophie get the boy and her cell phone, or will her plans land her in hot water?
Sophie Washington: Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis is a well written children’s story filled with realistic characters who each had their own unique personalities. I felt like the author really captured the way kids feel and respond to situations in this novel. The way that Sophie claims to have an iPhone to her friends when she does not reminded me a of a friend of mine that did the same thing in 5th grade. The black and white illustrations added a nice visual element to the novel that would appeal to child readers. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and I found it reminded me a bit of the Junie B Jones books with how they both managed to truly capture the personality of a child in their main characters.