An Exciting Best Selling Book for Kids
Are you ready for the hurricane? Strap in for an entertaining, illustrated middle grade chapter book full of fun, laughs and excitement.
A hurricane's coming and sixth grader Sophie's life of school work and friends is about to make a major change. One day she's teasing her little brother, Cole, dodging classmate Nathan Jones' wayward science lab frog and complaining about "braggamuffin" cheerleader Valentina Martinez, and the next, she and her family are fleeing for their lives to avoid dangerous flood waters. In the middle of it all, Sophie learns to be grateful for what she has and that she is stronger than she ever imagined.
Here's what Goodreads readers say about the Sophie Washington: Hurricane:
- "Hurricane is an exceptionally well-written children's book with many interesting references to modern technology, current events and popular culture, making it a relevant and relatable story for secondary school aged readers. Highly recommended!"
- "I loved all the characters and the way they reacted to the situations."
- "I thought it handled the subject of a natural disaster from the eyes of a child very well."
- "What a great series for younger readers! I enjoyed the story and the characters. Real life challenges in today's world."
This is the fifth 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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another top-notch read from The Sophie Washington Book Series! This is the third book I’ve read in The Sophie Washington Book Series, and this is the fourth book in the series that I’ve featured on my blog! So yes, I was more than thrilled to read and review this book – and it did not disappoint! This book follows Sophie, now eleven, and her family in the beautiful suburbs of Houston, Texas. This book focuses mostly on Sophie’s family, friends, classmates, and trying to avoid a scary and dangerous hurricane! Facing a natural disaster is scary to ANYONE regardless of their age. Facing a natural disaster as a kid is probably one of the scariest things they could imagine, and if not handled right, could have serious consequences. That’s why I totally LOVED this book!!! The author brings facing something scary into a positive, but serious, honest, non-threatening light that teaches kids it’s okay to be scared, but also how they can help in those situations. Also, this book shows what hurricane victims and their families go through during those hard times. 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 also delves into the old English Idiom, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” making first impressions, and social groups and cliques in school. Sophie finds herself making fast judgments about some of her classmates that end up proving she may have jumped too quickly to those assumptions. Sophie learns a valuable lesson that I think everyone has struggled with at least one time in their life – profiling. It’s hard not to do in today’s culture, but I think it’s a very important lesson that no matter how easy it is to judge someone as the class geek, the snobby cheerleader, the class clown, or such, there’s always more to that person’s story, and you’re only seeing one side of them. And while you’re judging them, they might be judging you, perhaps as miss goody two shoes, and I’m sure that doesn’t feel good. So to borrow from the Golden Rule, “treat others how you want to be treated.” This book series is just filled with so many wonderful life lessons and morals and this particular book did not miss the mark! This book is book five 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! This book is marketed towards middle grades and I totally agree! However, I might even go as far as to suggest this book for readers in third grade to seventh grade as they too would also easily enjoy this book and book series as well! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
Hurricane is yet another fabulous addition to the Sophie Washington series. I absolutely love Sophie and her family. This time they experience a devastating hurricane, which leads Sophie to new changes and surprising new friends. I like how the book teaches young readers how to help others, give others a chance, know what is really important and how to be good role models. I give Hurricane a well deserved five stars. I hope Tonya Duncan Ellis continues this series for years to come. I received this book the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis is a stunning book about a young girl named Sophie. Sophie is a normal 11-year-old, but when a hurricane hits Texas, her life is changed. Her family, unsure of how safe their house would be if their area were to experience bad flooding, decided to evacuate to Sophie's dad's dental office in hopes of finding higher ground there. However, they weren't the only ones to think that way. Valentina, a girl from Sophie's school whom she doesn't like, and her family ask to stay there as well, and Sophie's parents agree. Meanwhile, the storm is getting worse, and so is the flooding. Will Sophie's house remain dry? Will Sophie manage to tolerate the following days with Valentina? I really, really enjoyed reading Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis. The book is very well written and descriptive. The characters are very likable, realistic and relatable, and readers will love that they can see themselves in them. The story is very exciting, and will keep the reader captivated. The book accurately describes the fear of going through a hurricane. I was hooked by the first page and I never wanted to put the book down. I even learned some Spanish words from this story! The occasional pictures are very well drawn and help to show the chain of events. I can't wait to read other books in the series. This book is fast-paced and a real page turner. The story has many thrilling scenes that made me gasp out loud. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis is an adventure story for grades 4-6. Sophie lives in Texas with her family, and attends a private school. We learn about her friends and another who is not on her BF list. On the contrary, whatever she does ticks Sophie off to the nth degree. A powerful hurricane rolls into the area, uprooting many people in her neighborhood, including students from her school. As the storm progresses, the family must move to different areas to stay safe. We see the interactions and watch as the emotional reactions take their toll on those going through a natural disaster such as this. This story works well as a preparatory tool for children experiencing, or about to experience, a hurricane. It explains the limited choices that adults often have to make in a very short time period. I could see how it can help young ones understand how life can turn on a dime, and how sometimes quick decisions must be made in order to ensure the survival of everyone. Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncan Ellis also brings in the twist of helping those whom we would normally deem as enemies. In this case, the one girl Sophie disliked the most out of all her classmates, suddenly shows up with her family, in dire need of help. Sophie soon chooses the compassionate route, causing the relationship to turn into a BFF. This is important for kids to understand— things or people are not always what they seem on the outside. Highly recommended story.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Sophie Washington: Hurricane is a contemporary fiction novel for children and preteens written by Tonya Duncan Ellis. Sophie and her little brother, Cole, were terrified by the massive lightning bolt and booming thunder that suddenly shook their house. It seemed as though the lightning had actually hit something in their backyard. Bertram, their dog, joined the kids in their response as he howled in dismay at the weather. Sophie’s mom was even less impressed when the power went out shortly after that lightning strike. There had been a lot of rain in their part of Houston lately, and it just seemed to be continually coming down in great sheets. When their dad got home from his dental practice, he immediately turned on the television to see what was happening with the weather. The report that a Category 2 hurricane was on its way to Corpus Christi alarmed everyone, especially since Granny Washington lived there. When the weather forecasters upgraded the storm to Category 4 later on that evening and issued emergency evacuations, Sophie’s dad decided that he would drive to Corpus Christi and bring his mom home with him. He had not been able to reach her by phone and was getting more and more worried. Sophie’s mom wasn’t happy about him leaving with the weather being so awful, but he was determined to go get his mom. Everyone waited tensely for his return. Tonya Duncan Ellis’s contemporary fiction novel for children and preteens, Sophie Washington: Hurricane, is the fifth book in Ellis’s series, and while it can be read on its own, I’d recommend starting with the first book to get the full impact of this marvelous continuing story. Hurricane gives kids a feeling of the impact a storm or other natural disaster has on people’s lives, especially those who, like Valentina, her little brother and grandmother, end up losing everything in the flood. I especially enjoyed seeing Sophie’s change in attitude toward Valentina, who seems such an intimidating super star in school but is just another kid with her own issues and problems. Their burgeoning friendship as a result of the storm shows that good things can actually come from bad. In Valentina’s story, Ellis also draws attention to the plight of immigrant families, who like Valentina and her family, are broken up by the enforcement of immigration laws. Sophie’s realization that Valentina doesn’t have her mom and dad makes her appreciate her own family even more and gives her a greater sense of empathy for her new friend. Each of these issues - the increasingly intensive storms and natural disasters and the breaking up of families with immigration problems - are things kids need to know about, and Ellis does a marvelous job of doing just that in this well-written book. Sophie Washington: Hurricane is most highly recommended.