19 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Sophie Hartley and the Facts of Life Hardcover by Stephanie Greene

Only one thing is constant, and that is change. While that is true for everyone, Sophie Hartley wants to try and keep things the same. This book is about dealing with changes in relationship and roles from the perspective of a 10 year old who does not want puberty to happen.

As the mother of a 10 year old daughter, I connected with this book on a lot of levels. I saw my own daughter and her friends in many of the characters. I can’t wait for her to read it. Her and I talk about everything we read, and hopefully this will open up another channel for us to talk about the changes that are coming soon in her life.

Overall: 4 stars. Well written, a great way to open up the conversation about the OTHER changes that come along with puberty.

Description:
Sophie Hartley, age ten, does not want to be a teenager. She vows she’ll never be like her older sister, Nora, who has tantrums about her hair and almost everything else. Her older brother Thad is preoccupied with his girlfriend of the moment and doesn’t seem to like the family anymore. No, Sophie likes being who she is right now, helping out at home, doing art projects, and hanging out with her two best friends.

And another thing. Next year Sophie’s class will see the movie about body changes, and her classmates are already buzzing about it. Sophie doesn’t want to know about that embarrassing stuff yet. Does that mean she’s immature? How can she prove otherwise?

As usual, Sophie faces challenges and challengers with determination and resourcefulness. With the same down-to-earth, realistic, humorous take on friendships and family relationships praised in the three previous Sophie Hartley books, this new story brings the indomitable Sophie a step closer to growing up without compromising her sense of herself.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2014: 04

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