In the fourth middle-grade novel about the irrepressible Sophie Hartley, Sophie, 10, doesn’t want to turn into a moody teenager like her older brother and sister, and she certainly doesn’t want to see The Movie (about gross adolescent body changes) at school. On the other hand, she doesn’t want to be considered immature by her classmates. A lively, funny story that touches on a perennially fascinating subject.
"Readers ready to graduate from Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones will find a kindred spirit in Sophie.” —Kirkus Reviews
Sophie Hartley, age ten, does not want to be a teenager like all her other classmates. She vows she'll never be like her older sister, who has tantrums about her hair and almost everything else. No, Sophie likes being who she is right now—helping out at home, doing art projects, and hanging out with her two best friends.
As usual, Sophie faces challenges and challengers with determination. With a typically realistic, humorous take on friendships and family, Sophie takes one step closer to growing up without compromising her sense of self.
"Spirited Sophie is back for a fourth tale in this highly readable series. . . Those readers ready to graduate from Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones will find a kindred spirit in Sophie."
"In Greene's fourth Sophie Hartley book, the author lightheartedly yet earnestly portrays the shifting dynamics of being on the cusp of middle school. . . . A reliably cute and comfortable read for the younger range of the targeted audience."
"In this wryly amusing, perceptive story, Greene captures the viewpoint of a preteen who, after observing her older siblings in action, is in no hurry to become a teenager. . . . A solid addition to the consistently entertaining Sophie Hartley series."
"In this latest addition to this thoughtful and charming series, Greene paints a convincing picture of the last breath of childhood with sensitivity and humor. . . . Like the early volumes of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series, this sweet and sincere story will resonate with preteens who accept their future but certainly don't wish to hasten it."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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