Sophie Washington My BFF -- A book about friendship and standing up for yourself #readyourworld


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Today is our last book for this year's Multicultural Children's Book Day which is tomorrow!! Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out the huge link party and be sure to sign up for the Twitter party! Today's book is a middle grade book (ages 8 to 12) about a Black girl and her friends. It is the tenth book in the Sophie Washington Series. It is Sophie Washington My BFF by Tonya Duncan Ellis. 

In this chapter book we see Sophie Washington trying to figure out her friendship with her BFF. Everything seems fine at first. They are on a field trip with their class at an amusement park. Her daring best friend wants to ride the scary roller coaster which Sophie normally wouldn't do, but she puts on a brave face and faces her fears. However all the rides start to make Sophie feel a bit sick. Chloe doesn't seem to care or understand. Sophie doesn't know what to make of it. After all of it Chloe shares a photo another friend took where Sophie looks weird and the other friend had promised to delete the photo. Now the whole sixth grade and probably the entire middle school sees it. Why is Chloe being so mean? Then Chloe gets even meaner to Sophie and Sophie cannot figure out what is going on until the two get called to their English teacher and questioned about copying one another's work. Sophie goes along with Chloe's lies to get her best friend back but doesn't feel great about it and doesn't appreciate the backlash and punishments. How does one stand up for oneself when a best friend is making life so hard? What makes a good friend? Can their friendship survive this?

This book is written well. The story fits for any group of friends. Sophie struggles finding her own courage to be true to herself and not be bullied by her friend. It is a story about friendship as well as peer pressure. Their other friends however are happy when Sophie sticks up for herself and were ready to help her if needed. I love how it deals with issues that many kids struggle with. When is it helping one another and when is it cheating in school? What should one do for a friend? What makes a good friend? These are all addressed in this book and it is powerful for kids to hear about other kids struggling with many of the same issues. I also love that it shows that people have different strengths and when her BFF begins leaving her out, Sophie turns to another friend who gets added to her friend group in the end. This series seems perfect for the middle grades and deals with real life issues. I hope you will check it out and come back tomorrow for the big day!

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