Sophie Washington: Secret Santa

Sophie Washington: Secret Santa

by Tonya Duncan Ellis


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Sophie Washington: Secret Santa 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Allykitten More than 1 year ago
I love the characters!! Sophie, her little brother, Cole, her family, her friends, Chloe, Valentina, and Mariama – they were all enjoyable, genuine, realistic, and relatable. I really like that this book takes real-life issues head on and allows the young reader to easily connect with the characters and the situations they get into at home and at school. This book really delves into bullying, which is such a hot topic these days. I love that the author doesn’t shy away from the ugliness and instead brings light to these issues. Kids are young and don’t always realize the right or wrong way to tackle these situations. This is another reason I love this book series as the author lets the characters make mistakes and learn from them – just like real kids would do. This book lets the characters work through real-life problems and hopefully will inform, teach, and inspire the young readers when they face similar situations. I loved the mystery aspect of this book. I enjoyed following the clues and trying to solve the mysterious Secret Santa puzzle alongside Sophie and her friends. This book also offers insight into Sophie’s friends and family’s traditions of Christmas. This was really exciting to see all the different cultures and customs being represented. This book series is just filled with so many wonderful life lessons and morals and this particular book did not miss the mark! I liked that this book touched on so many topics such as friendship, family, love, forgiveness, life lessons, second chances, growth, faith, hope, bullying, torment, support, determination, overcoming challenges, new beginnings, unity, integrity, respect, compassion, appreciation, dignity, honor, humor, recognition, and so much more. Mrs. Tonya Duncan Ellis continues to shine with her impressive writing technique with each Sophie Washington book! This book has a great storyline that flows, fantastic writing style with detailed scenes, beautiful illustrated images, well-developed characters, important and educational life lessons, is steady paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page – regardless of your age! I think the best part of this book being for middle graders, is that it’s a fun, cool, intriguing, suspenseful book for them! It’s not a dumbed down kid’s book and it’s not a book that a parent can be worried that their kid is reading. It’s a book that a kid will want to read, won’t be embarrassed to read in front of their friends or their parents. It’s the right kind of a book a kid should be reading and the right kind of book their parent will be glad they are reading! This book is book seven of the Sophie Washington Book Series. Although I have read other books in this series, this book can absolutely be read on its own as a standalone without any fear of getting lost or confused. However, I am really enjoying this book series, and would totally recommend the whole series!! This book is “G” rated as there is no swearing, no violence, no adult situations, and no sexual content. I would absolutely recommend this book for middle graders as I think they would love this book and the Sophie Washington Book Series! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
This is the second Sophie Washington book I’ve reviewed, and I’ll say the same thing about this one…these flow so well they are a fun and easy read no matter what your age. They all touch on so many things that are happen to children, things they have always had to experience. Things kids need to know about and know how to handle. Another realistic thing about them is even though Sophie and her brother are fictional kids they don’t always handle things in the right way or the way they’ve been taught; just like real kids. This story works through those problems too. Since I’ve already mentioned the kids in this series of stories, you can probably tell they have been well-defined for me. I don’t know how anyone could think anything else. It’s the story that makes them well-defined. The actions they take, the way they think and resolve problems makes them seem like everyday kids. I hate to use the word real again, so I’ll say actual. You can use any adjective you want. This is a well-written enjoyable children’s book. Also for children at heart like me:) Tony Duncan Ellis has a whole series of Sophie Washington books. All have good reviews. ***This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are definitely my own.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Sophie Washington: Secret Santa by Tonya Duncan Ellis is another story in a delightful series that is aimed at young readers. It is about the life and adventures of Sophie Washington and her eight-year-old brother Cole. Her school's Christmas Holiday is just three weeks away and sixth grader Sophie is burdened by her mounting school assignments. With boisterous Cole singing a Christmas song, she tries to collect her thoughts when the door bell rings. It is the mailman and he is delivering a present to Sophie; the sender is a secret Santa Claus! Tonya Duncan Ellis's Sophie Washington: Secret Santa is a book designed for readers in the fifth and sixth grades but it can be entertaining for the general reader as well. The story is set with young Sophie receiving a present but the identity of the sender is a big unknown. She tries to solve the puzzle but it is quite difficult because there is no secret Santa gift exchange arranged by her school for the holiday season. And as she and her school friends eliminate the possible identity of the secret but persistent Santa, they drift far away from solving the puzzle. Author Tonya Duncan Ellis knows her readers quite well and her creative writing style makes for a perfect fit. And when finally the identity of the secret Santa is revealed, the story conveys the real meaning of Christmas, which is giving, forgiving, and spreading Christmas cheer to the most unlikely person in the world.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite In Sophie Washington: Secret Santa by Tonya Duncan Ellis, the winter break is around the corner and Sophie Washington has a lot of schoolwork to do. The holidays are also almost here and she cannot wait for the Christmas celebrations. When a box containing candy arrives at her house, Sophie is surprised that it is addressed to her. This starts a guessing game and her friends Mariama, Chloe and Valentina join in. Could it be Toby, a guy who seems to like her, or probably her good friend Nathan who is sending the presents? Cole, Sophie’s younger brother, is curious too but has problems of his own. When Sophie catches him wearing their mother’s make-up, she forces him into confessing. This seems to be no ordinary Christmas with everything going on. Will Sophie be able to find out who the secret Santa is and also help her brother? Tonya Duncan Ellis’s book, Sophie Washington: Secret Santa, is a wonderful read that discusses the topic of bullying in a way that every child can relate to and learn from. Sophie, like many other children, is bullied and so is her brother. The book opens up discussions between children and parents on the topic and equips children with important skills on how to handle bullies. It will also help children to understand what makes bullies act the way they do. Most importantly, parents could also use the book to reflect on how their actions affect their children and the way they relate with others. Guardians will also read about the effect that neglect has on a child. Sophie Washington: Secret Santa is not only well-written, but contains vital lessons for every child and their parents.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Sophie Washington: Secret Santa is a coming of age novel for children, grades 4-6, written by Tonya Duncan Ellis. Sophie and her little brother, Cole, were getting increasingly excited at the prospect of the upcoming winter break. It was only three weeks away, and Cole was already getting laid-back and relaxed, while Sophie seemed busier than even studying for exams and finishing her essays and class projects. Sometimes, life just didn’t seem fair. Cole always got away with stuff while Sophie felt like she was held to a higher standard, being older. So when the mail carrier dropped off a package on the front porch, she wasn’t really all that surprised when her mom asked her to get it. Opening the door, however, led to a nice surprise. The box was addressed to her! This was surprising as Christmas was still weeks away. There was a typed note inside from her Secret Santa, and the box was filled with Sophie’s favorite candies. The next day at school, she kept looking around and wondering who it could be. Then she saw another box waiting for her when she got home. Another gift from her Secret Santa! She was thrilled of course with the gingerbread kit she found inside, but her curiosity kept getting stronger and stronger. Who was the Secret Santa? Tonya Duncan Ellis’s coming of age novel for children, grades 4-6, Sophie Washington: Secret Santa, is a marvelous holiday-related tale that finds Sophie, her friends and little brother, Cole, feverishly trying to figure out the identity of Sophie’s Secret Santa. Ellis’s tale also addresses the problem of bullying and the pain it causes those kids who are the targets of bullies. The normally happy-go-lucky Cole has become a victim, and Sophie steps into her role as protective big sister beautifully. Ellis makes clear the importance of getting a parent, teacher or older sibling involved, and she also shares insights into what motivates kids into becoming bullies. I loved seeing how Sophie and Cole are able to get Rhythm Brown and his little brother involved in a basketball game and manage to resolve their differences through playing together. The mystery of the Secret Santa is a marvelous one that also helps Sophie grow and become more empathetic and compassionate. Sophie Washington: Secret Santa is most highly recommended.