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Monday, April 27, 2020

the true meaning of friendship - Sophie Washington: My BFF by Tonya Duncan Ellis

"As soon as I started reading Sophie Washington: My BFF, I knew my 11-year-old niece would love it! Akin to the Junie B. Jones series for middle-graders, this book by Tonya Duncan Ellis, is about a girl and her friends, but it’s written in such a way that boys and girls alike would enjoy it." Gina P., Goodreads


Kids Ages 8-12 

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) 


My mom says a good way to finish something I hate doing, like eating Brussels sprouts, is to get on with it, and count backward from ten until I’m done. I tried it last week after she made me apologize for calling my brother Nugget Head. It was a teensy bit easier.

But what’s happening right now is so terrible that I silently count down all the way from one hundred, and squeeze my eyes shut. 

“Ninety-nine, ninety-eight, ninety-seven, ninety-six…”

“Isn’t this great, Sophie?!” Chloe interrupts my thoughts and grabs my hand as the attendant snaps us in our seats. “It’s so pretty up here. Look down!”

I peek open one eye and spy huge waves splashing under us as our cart creaks up the track. Brightly colored umbrellas dot the sand below like Skittles, and I suck in the warm sea breeze to calm myself. I can’t believe I let my best friend convince me to get on the Killer Whale, the biggest roller coaster at Pleasure Pier.

Our science class is on a day trip to Galveston Bay, about an hour from Houston, where we live. We spent the morning looking at turtles, shells, and crabs on the beach. Our visit to the amusement park is an extra “treat.”

“This is going to be epic!” shouts Chloe, as we inch higher up the hill. She raises both arms in the air. I grip the handle on the roller coaster seat so tightly my knuckles are sore. Sea gulls fly above us through cottony clouds, without a care in the world. If only I could be so calm. I’m wet-your-pants scared right now.

 “Have the Time of Your Life,” says a sign outside the entrance, with palm trees on either side. Yeah, right.

About the author:
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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Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

katieoscarlet said...

This looks to be a great middle grader read.

johnthuku0 said...

This looks like an interesting book to read. Thank you for the giveaway.

Julie Waldron said...

Sounds like a good book for younger readers.

wendy Hutton said...

sounds like a wonderful book

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an awesome book! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

peg42 said...

This sounds like a fantastic book. Perfect for my Kids.

Dale Wilken said...

The book sounds really great.

abfantom said...

I like the cover. It is very cute.

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Leah Cavendish said...

This sounds really interesting and the cover looks great.

Mya Goss said...

The cover certainly is bright and fun for the kids.

Shelly Peterson said...

Sounds like a cute book for young readers

clc408 said...

I think my nieces would enjoy this book.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a very good book.

Kim said...

My daughter is loving this series.

Calvin F. said...

Neat, and ever so relevant!

Michele S. said...

Love the cover makes me smile.. shared this with my grandson!

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite author? Congrats on the release.

susan1215 said...

Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

Bernie Wallace said...

Which character was your favorite character to write for?

Debra Branigan said...

This sounds like a lovely book for kids and I'm sure my granddaughter would enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.Best wishes to the author on the book.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I like the cover as well.

Amy Woolard said...

I know my daughter would LOVE this book!!

Anonymous said...

I know I would love this book! I like the cover too.

Debbi Wellenstein said...

This would be great for my granddaughter.

billwinsbig said...

My grandson would enjoy this book

Mya Goss said...

This looks too cute!!