Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley

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Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley

By Stephanie Greene

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547251288, 127pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2010

Description
Sophie Hartley is almost sure that her dad said okay when she asked for a baby gorilla for her birthday. Soon the kids at school want to know every detail about the gorilla, and dealing with her enthusiastic classmates gets harder as the big day approaches. When teenage sister Nora leaves their shared bedroom for her own space in the attic, and close friend Jenna shows signs of becoming a shrieker, Sophie finds it hard to remain optimistic. Maybe painting her windowsills purple will help. And maybe she ll get the perfect present Funny and believable, the story of a big birthday will please old and new Sophie fans.


Praise For Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley

"Girls undergoing the same growing-up trials will be happy to have Sophie make them laugh."--Kirkus Reviews

"A lively chapter book full of humor, believable family dynamics, and characters who think and talk like real people. . . . Greene explores her themes of identity, ambivalence about growing up, and friendship with an unusual naturalness and depth, yet the themes never trump story or character."--The Horn Book, starred review "[Readers will] want to unwrap this gem of a story and savor the delicious conclusions."--School Library Journal

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