Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sophie Washington, My BFF

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions
Tonya Duncan Ellis will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

Sophie and Chloe have been best friends since they met in kindergarten. They get along like chips and salsa and do everything together from playing tennis to cheering on the school cheer squad. Lately, Chloe’s been leaving Sophie out, and she doesn’t know why. Sophie does everything she can to make her best friend happy, but it’s not working. Then Chloe asks Sophie to fib to a teacher to help her out and she learns the true meaning of friendship.

This is the tenth book in the Readers' Favorite five star rated Sophie Washington book series that includes:

Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Book 1)

Sophie Washington: The Snitch (Book 2)

Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie (Book 3)

Sophie Washington: The Gamer (Book 4)

Sophie Washington: Hurricane (Book 5)

Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica (Book 6)

Sophie Washington: Secret Santa (Book 7)

Sophie Washington: Code One (Book 8)

Sophie Washington: Mismatch (Book 9)

Sophie Washington: My BFF (Book 10)
Kids Ages 8-12

My Review...
I know I’m going to sound like a broken record but once again Tonya Duncan Ellis has written another fun and yet really pertinent story for middle grade readers. This time she takes Sophie on the lifelike journey of knowing what being friends really means, and being left out and sometimes wondering what the right or wrong thing is to do. What a hurtful thing when you are that age.

This book tells a story so poignant I could have sworn I had that same feeling in my stomach that I had in 4th grade when my friend didn’t invite me to a party. That’s how real this is and yet it’s fun to read too. The author has made these characters totally identifiable through her series of Sophie Washington books that you know the whole family, even Sophie’s friends. 

I’m going to make the same suggestion again here too. Don’t just hand this book to your kids. Take some time and read it yourself. It has a good message for everyone.
Well you can probably already tell I like this series of Sophie Washington books. There are many; all fun and all with a good message. Check them out.

read an excerpt...
“How was the field trip?” Mom asks as soon as she picks me up after school.

“Can I get some of that medicine in the pink bottle when we get home?” I answer.

“Isn’t that for when you have the runs?” asks my little brother, Cole. “Ewww, Sophie has diarrhea! Did you know diarrhea is hereditary? It runs it your jeans.”

“Then that means you have it too, Poop Head!” I say, leaning over the car seat to hit his boxy Afro with my notebook.

“That’s enough you two,” says Mom, raising her voice. “Cut it out. How do you know what ‘hereditary’ and ‘genes’ mean anyway, Cole? You’re only eight years old.”

“We learned about it in science class,” he answers. “You get genes from your parents that tell your hair color, eye color, height, and other things that make you who you are.”

“Impressive,” says my mother. “I guess all this money we’re spending on private school is paying off.”

“Really, Mom?” I say. “Cole was being totally gross with me, and you didn’t even say anything about it.”

“You’re right, sweetie,” she answers. “That was inappropriate of you to speak to your sister that way, Cole. Please apologize.”

“Soorrry,” he says with a smirk.

“He’s so fake,” I say and roll my eyes. “I could really be sick, and nobody cares.”

“Well, what happened?” asks Mom. “Did you eat too many funnel cakes, or try those greasy fried Oreos?”

“No, I rode the Killer Whale and some other big rides, and afterwards my stomach hurt.” I rub my mid-section.

“Wow!” exclaims Cole. “Jacob says that ride is dope. I’ll bet that Bougie friend of yours, Chloe, dared you. You’re too much of a ‘fraidy cat to ride a roller coaster.”

“Be quiet, Big Head.” I cut my eyes at him.

about Tonya Duncan Ellis...

Tonya Duncan Ellis is the author of the Amazon bestselling, Readers' Favorite "Five Star" rated, Sophie Washington children's books series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has received awards for literary excellence, worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer, and is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Sophie Washington book series recounts the adventures of a precocious African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane, Mission: Costa Rica,
Secret Santa, Code One and Mismatch.

Tonya loves to travel and has visited 49 American states and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she's not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Missouri City, TX.

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  1. Friendships like chips and salsa are truly hard to find.. This sounds cute!!

    1. It is cute. As deep a lesson as can be and yet cute and easy to read.

    2. Thanks for stopping by my tour Mya!

  2. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

    1. I appreciate you checking my book out James. Thanks for reading my feature and review!

  3. Replies
    1. It was a good one wasn't it? Thanks so much for stopping by my tour Edgar! :)

  4. Really great review, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

    1. Glad to see you on my tour Victoria. Thanks for commenting and best wishes in the giveaway!

  5. It's great to be featured on your blog again Kathy! Thanks so much for being a host on my review tour. I hate putting little Sophie through so much torture in her friendships in my books, but I'm glad that the lessons shine through for readers.;) I appreciate your thoughtful review!

    1. Just keep up the wonderful work. Sophie will grow up someday. Then again...I don't intend to!

  6. I liked the review, thank you.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my tour Rita. Best wishes in the giveaway!!


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