Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee
by Tonya Duncan Ellis
GENRE: Children's (Middle Grade)
Sign up for the spelling bee? No way!
If there’s one thing 10-year-old Texan Sophie Washington is good at, it’s spelling. She’s earned straight 100s on all her spelling tests to prove it. Her parents want her to compete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but Sophie wishes they would buzz off.
Her life in the Houston suburbs is full of adventures, and she doesn’t want to slow down the action. Where else can you chase wild hogs out of your yard, ride a bucking sheep, or spy an eight-foot-long alligator during a bike ride through the neighborhood? Studying spelling words seems as fun as getting stung by a hornet, in comparison.
That’s until her irritating classmate, Nathan Jones, challenges her. There’s no way she can let Mr. Know-It-All win. Studying is hard when you have a pesky younger brother and a busy social calendar. Can Sophie ignore the distractions and become Queen of the Bee?
In fairytales, everyone’s wish comes true. Jack gets the goose that lays the golden egg. Cinderella finds Prince Charming. Pinocchio becomes a real boy. My happily ever after is much simpler. I want a pet goldfish. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. But my parents do. For the past year they have been putting me off every time I beg them for a pet.
“I’m allergic to cats and dogs,” says Mom. There’s no way we could keep a furry animal in the house.”
“Well, what about a fish?” I ask.
“I don’t know if you’re responsible enough to take care of a goldfish, Sophie,” says Dad. “You might drop the bowl and get water all over the place.”
For a ten-year-old I am very responsible. If you forget about the time my brother, Cole, and I had a water fight with the sprinkler in the garage, or when I tied Cole up to a tree to keep him from tagging along with me and my friend Chloe, I’m a model child. I get good grades in school. I’m nice to my friends. And I help out in the house when Mom and Dad ask me to.
Today, I’m making my dream come true! I’m going to convince Dad to let me get a pet goldfish. I march toward the kitchen in my pink and white polka-dot pajamas and lime green fuzzy slippers. After glancing in the hallway mirror, I push down my two, thick black braids, which stick out on each side of my head like handlebars. “Good morning,” I say to my mother, who is busy in the kitchen making my favorite breakfast of bacon, eggs, grits and homemade pancakes.
Since Dad is not up to hear me beg for a fish again, I make my way to the family room to watch a recording of a television show I taped during the school week. Cole rushes into the room before me and grabs the remote control from the end table before I can reach it. “Get back!” I yell. He turns on “Video Rangers”, his favorite TV show. Then he puts the remote control under a pillow, sits on it and passes gas. “Eeeewww! Give me that remote, Cole!” I shriek. “You knew I was getting ready to use it.”
“Moooom! I was here first, and now she wants to change the channel,” he whines.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tonya Ellis loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere rather than put them down. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was fourteen years old. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist, written for newspapers and magazines and won awards for her books. She is the mom of three spelling bee champions, and has judged several spelling bee events. SOPHIE WASHINGTON: QUEEN OF THE BEE is her debut novel in a series about Sophie and her friends. Currently, Ms. Ellis lives in Missouri City, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two sons.
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Queen of the Bee is a great addition to the Sophie Washington series. Sophie, with her family and friends, is so much fun and entertaining. This time, Sophie is talked into entering the school spelling bee and has a showdown with classmate, Nathan.
I thought the Queen of the Bee was hilarious, with great lessons to be learned. Such a great and influential read for kids - young and old. A fabulous read for all.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100 percent my own honest opinion.
Thank you for hostingReplyDelete
Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by the tour Nikolina!Delete
I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the review and for featuring me on your blog Amy! Glad you liked the book 😊ReplyDelete
Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the book tour. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)comReplyDelete
Best wishes Bernie!Delete
Great post :)ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it Victoria!Delete
Thanks 4 sharing this blog post and congrats on the tour.ReplyDelete
Thanks Melissa. Good luck in the giveaway!Delete
Having parents pressure can put such a strain on for you to compete hopefully the character gets through that ordeal.ReplyDelete
Excellent point Melissa. Sophie’s parents push her to compete in the beginning of the book but eventually she wants to win the spelling bee and studies hard because she wants to.Delete
This story sounds like it has a moral. I wonder if it has to with winning not being everything or pride?ReplyDelete
It focuses more on working hard to make your dreams come true.Delete
Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I hope that I win. This looks like a fun read. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)comReplyDelete
Thanks Bernie. Good luck! :)Delete
Which do you prefer ebooks or print to read?ReplyDelete
I like either but I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks lately because it’s easy to download books wherever I am. What about you?Delete
Me, I like both, but lately I am addicted to my Kindle. Groupon has a free 2 month coupon on their site and that is what I doing as of right now in taking advantage of all the days I can read within the time frame.Delete
Do you have any favorite genres in particular?ReplyDelete
What got you started into writing?ReplyDelete
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Thanks 4 hosting!ReplyDelete
Have you ever won a spelling bee?ReplyDelete