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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOPHIE HARTLEY by Stephanie Greene

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOPHIE HARTLEY

From the Sophie Hartley series, volume 3

By Stephanie Greene

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-547-25128-8
Publisher: Clarion

Greene entertains with another story about the irrepressible Sophie (Queen Sophie Hartley, 2005, and Sophie Hartley, On Strike, 2006). Her birthday is quickly approaching, and she is “passionate” about getting a gorilla. But life has a way of distracting her from her plans: Big sis Nora eagerly moves out of their room, good friend Alice confesses to getting a bra, other friend Jenna is absorbed with new, lacrosse-team responsibilities, dad is squirreled away in the garage making who-knows-what and odd kid Brendan keeps sneaking up on her. Worried that her “double-digit” birthday may result in changing her creative if often far-fetched and so-called immature ideas, she finds solace in making humorous portraits and filling her room with clashing bright colors. The author keeps the dilemmas light and funny with pacing that reaches a touching crescendo on Sophie’s big day. No matter what, faithful good friends and a sweetly accepting family result in a warm, fuzzy ending. Girls undergoing the same growing-up trials will be happy to have Sophie make them laugh. (Fiction. 8-12)