Queen Sophie Hartley
By Stephanie Greene
Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618494613, 136pp.
Publication Date: April 2005
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Tt's not easy being a nine-year-old kid in the middle of a busy, gifted family. Especially when the list of things you re good at includes only two items Crying and Stopping crying and the list of things you re not good at seems to be getting longer every day.
When Sophie's mom suggests that she's good at being kind and just needs a little more practice, Sophie feels hopeful. But being kind to a grouchy old lady or her big sister, Nora, or the weird new girl at school isn t as easy as it sounds. If only Sophie were a queen, she could practice being kind to commoners instead. It would be much more dignified and elegant. And she would finally get to wear her very own diamond tiara. . . .
From the author of the popular Owen Foote books, here is a funny, observant novel about an irrepressible girl, as quirky and original in her own way as Owen is in his, in search of her own special talent.
"Greene conveys Sophie's emotions and thoughts with ruthless candor and the dynamics of her large family with humor and clarity."BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"Delightfully messy family dynamic and tightly composed subplots...here's hoping there is more of Queen Sophie to come." BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] humorous voyage to self-discovery...simple plot, droll dialogue and strong characters...Sophie's world...feels wonderfully like Ramona Quimby's." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews
"Sophie is likeable and resilient, and readers will identify with her as she works through her school and family situations." School Library Journal
"Greene's narrative shines in its depiction of the heartwarming, entirely realistic Hartley family dynamics." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly
"Greene's...humor and understanding of...family dynamics are as impressive here as in her Owen Foote books." HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide